Assessing biofilm inhibition and immunomodulatory activity of small amounts of synthetic host defense peptides synthesized using SPOT-array technology

Hashem Etayash, Evan F. Haney, Robert E.W. Hancock

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Peptides are promising drug candidates because of their diversity, biocompatibility and spectrum of activities. Here, we describe a protocol for high-throughput screening of SPOT-peptide arrays to assess the antibiofilm, antimicrobial and immunomodulatory activities of synthetic peptides. It is a Protocol Extension of our previous Nature Protocols article, which describes the synthesis of SPOT-peptide arrays and assays for screening antimicrobial activity. This latest protocol allows the simultaneous assessment of hundreds of synthetic host defense peptides to define their overall activity profiles and identify candidate sequences that are suitable for further characterization and development as anti-infectives. When coupled with the SPOT-array technology for peptide synthesis, the described procedures are rapid, inexpensive and straightforward for peptide library screening. The protocols can be implemented in most microbiology or immunology research laboratories without the need for specialists. The time to complete each step ranges between 1 and 4 h with overnight pauses, and datasets related to the antibiofilm and immunomodulatory activities of a large set of peptide sequences can be generated in a few days.

Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Protocols
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2021

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  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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