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FEBS Lett. 2008 Jun 25;582(15):2299-302. doi: 10.1016/j.febslet.2008.05.031. Epub 2008 Jun 2.

Gramicidin S identified as a potent inhibitor for cytochrome bd-type quinol oxidase.

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  • 1Department of Biomedical Chemistry, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo, Japan.


Gramicidin S, a cationic cyclic decapeptide, exhibits the potent antibiotic activity through perturbation of lipid bilayers of the bacterial membrane. From the screening of natural antibiotics, we identified gramicidin S as a potent inhibitor for cytochrome bd-type quinol oxidase from Escherichia coli. We found that gramicidin S inhibited the oxidase with IC(50) of 3.5 microM by decreasing V(max) and the affinity for substrates but showed the stimulatory effect at low concentrations. Our findings would provide a new insight into the development of gramicidin S analogs, which do not share the target and mechanism with conventional antibiotics.

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