Peptide-Loaded Cubosomes Functioning as an Antimicrobial Unit against Escherichia coli
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2019

Dispersions of cubic liquid crystalline phases, also known as cubosomes, have shown great promise as delivery vehicles for a wide range of medicines. Due to their ordered structure, comprising alternating hydrophilic and hydrophobic domains, cubosomes possess unique delivery properties and compatibility with both water-soluble and -insoluble drugs. However, the drug delivery mechanism and cubosome interaction with human cells and bacteria are still poorly understood. Herein, we reveal how cubosomes loaded with the human cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide LL-37, a system with high bacteria-killing effect, interact with the bacterial membrane and provide new insights into the eradication mechanism. Combining the advanced experimental techniques neutron reflectivity and quartz crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring, a mechanistic drug delivery model for LL-37-loaded cubosomes on bacterial mimicking bilayers was constructed. Moreover, the cubosome interaction with Escherichia coli was directly visualized using super-resolution laser scanning microscopy and cryogenic electron tomography. We could conclude that cubosomes loaded with LL-37 adsorbed and distorted bacterial membranes, providing evidence that the peptide-loaded cubosomes function as an antimicrobial unit.




antimicrobial peptide



Lukas Boge

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Kathryn L. Browning

Köpenhamns universitet

Randi Nordström

Uppsala universitet

Mario Campana

STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory

Liv S.E. Damgaard

Köpenhamns universitet

Josefin Seth Caous

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Maja S. Hellsing

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Lovisa Ringstad

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Martin Andersson

Chalmers, Kemi och kemiteknik, Tillämpad kemi, Martin Andersson Group

ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces

1944-8244 (ISSN) 1944-8252 (eISSN)

Vol. 11 24 21314-21322


Farmaceutisk vetenskap

Fysikalisk kemi




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