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|, CAP-18, CAP18, CRAMP, FALL-39, FALL39, HSD26, LL37, cathelicidin antimicrobial peptide|
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Cathelicidin-related antimicrobial peptides are a family of polypeptides found in lysosomes of macrophages and polymorphonuclear leukocytes (PMNs), and keratinocytes. Cathelicidins serve a critical role in mammalian innate immune defense against invasive bacterial infection. The cathelicidin family of peptides are classified as antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). The AMP family also includes the defensins. Whilst the defensins share common structural features, cathelicidin-related peptides are highly heterogeneous.
Members of the cathelicidin family of antimicrobial polypeptides are characterized by a highly conserved region (cathelin domain) and a highly variable cathelicidin peptide domain.
Cathelicidin peptides have been isolated from many different species of mammals. Cathelicidins were originally found in neutrophils but have since been found in many other cells including epithelial cells and macrophages after activation by bacteria, viruses, fungi, or the hormone 1,25-D, which is the hormonally active form of vitamin D.
Crystal Structure Analysis of the Cathelicidin Motif of Protegrins
Cathelicidins range in size from 12 to 80 amino acid residues and have a wide range of structures. Most cathelicidins are linear peptides with 23-37 amino acid residues, and fold into amphiphatic α-helices. Additionally cathelicidins may also be small-sized molecules (12-18 residues) with beta-hairpin structures, stabilized by one or two disulphide bonds. Even larger cathelicidin peptides (39-80 amino acid residues) are also present. These larger cathelicidins display repetitive proline motifs forming extended polyproline-type structures.
The cathelicidin family shares primary sequence homology with the cystatin family of cysteine proteinase inhibitors, although amino acid residues thought to be important in such protease inhibition are usually lacking.
Mechanism of antimicrobial activity
The general rule of the mechanism triggering cathelicidin action, like that of other antimicrobial peptides, involves the disintegration (damaging and puncturing) of cell membranes of organisms toward which the peptide is active.
Cathelicidin family components have been found in: humans, monkeys, mice, rats, rabbits, guinea pigs, pandas, pigs, cattle, frogs, sheep, goats, chickens, and horses.
Currently identified cathelicidins include the following:
- Human: hCAP-18/LL-37
- Rhesus monkey: RL-37
- Mice:CRAMP-1/2, (Cathelicidin-related Antimicrobial Peptide
- Rats: rCRAMP
- Rabbits: CAP-18
- Guinea pig: CAP-11
- Pigs: PR-39, Prophenin, PMAP-23,36,37
- Cattle: BMAP-27,28,34 (Bovine Myeloid Antimicrobial Peptides); Bac5, Bac7
- Frogs: cathelicidin-AL (found in Amolops loloensis)
- Chickens: Four cathelicidins, fowlicidins 1,2,3 and cathelicidin Beta-1 
- Tasmanian Devil: Saha-CATH5 
Patients with rosacea have elevated levels of cathelicidin and elevated levels of stratum corneum tryptic enzymes (SCTEs). Cathelicidin is cleaved into the antimicrobial peptide LL-37 by both kallikrein 5 and kallikrein 7 serine proteases. Excessive production of LL-37 is suspected to be a contributing cause in all subtypes of Rosacea. Antibiotics have been used in the past to treat rosacea, but antibiotics may only work because they inhibit some SCTEs.
Higher plasma levels of human cathelicidin antimicrobial protein (hCAP18), which are up-regulated by vitamin D, appear to significantly reduce the risk of death from infection in dialysis patients. Patients with a high level of this protein were 3.7 times more likely to survive kidney dialysis for a year without a fatal infection.
Vitamin D up-regulates genetic expression of cathelicidin, which exhibits broad-spectrum microbicidal activity against bacteria, fungi, and viruses. Cathelicidin rapidly destroys the lipoprotein membranes of microbes enveloped in phagosomes after fusion with lysosomes in macrophages.
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A novel protein family, showing a conserved proregion and a variable carboxyl-terminal antimicrobial domain. This region shows similarity to cystatins.
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InterPro entry IPR001894
The precursor sequences of a number of antimicrobial peptides secreted by neutrophils (polymorphonuclear leukocytes) upon activation have been found to be evolutionarily related and are collectively known as cathelicidins [PUBMED:7589491].
Structurally, these proteins consist of three domains: a signal sequence, a conserved region of about 100 residues that contains four cysteines involved in two disulphide bonds, and a highly divergent C-terminal section of variable size. It is in this C-terminal section that the antibacterial peptides are found; they are proteolytically processed from their precursor by enzymes such as elastase. This structure is shown in the following schematic representation:
+---+--------------------------------+--------------------+ |Sig| Propeptide C C C C | Antibacterial pep. | +---+----------------|--|--|--|------+--------------------+ | | | | +--+ +--+ 'C': conserved cysteine involved in a disulphide bond.
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|Cellular component||extracellular region (GO:0005576)|
|Biological process||defense response (GO:0006952)|
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This superfamily includes cystatins and cathelicidins . The cystatin superfamily comprises cysteine protease inhibitors that play key regulatory roles in protein degradation processes. The progenitor of this superfamily was most probably intracellular and lacked a signal peptide and disulfide bridges, much like the extant Giardia cystatin. A primordial gene duplication produced two ancestral eukaryotic lineages, cystatins and stefins. Stefins - included in Pfam:PF00031 - remain encoded by a single or a small number of genes throughout the eukaryotes, whereas the cystatins have undergone a more complex and dynamic evolution through numerous gene and domain duplications .
The clan contains the following 8 members:Cathelicidins Cystatin Latexin Monellin PP1 Spp-24 SQAPI Staphopain_pro
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For those sequences which have a structure in the Protein DataBank, we use the mapping between UniProt, PDB and Pfam coordinate systems from the PDBe group, to allow us to map Pfam domains onto UniProt sequences and three-dimensional protein structures. The table below shows the structures on which the Cathelicidins domain has been found. There are 10 instances of this domain found in the PDB. Note that there may be multiple copies of the domain in a single PDB structure, since many structures contain multiple copies of the same protein seqence.
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