Polarity Index in Proteins-A Bioinformatics Tool

Cell Penetrating Peptides

Author(s): Carlos Polanco

Pp: 50-58 (9)

DOI: 10.2174/9781681082691116010011

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


This chapter describes the identification of a group of peptides called Cell penetrating peptides (CPP) that are featured by their ability to penetrate the membrane of different microorganisms. They were identified using the polarity index method described in Sect. 3.3. For this purpose two classifications were taken into account: non endocytic and endocytic pathway uptake mechanisms. The peptides studied were taken from CPPsite Database (CPPsite), and the set of selective cationic amphipatic antibacterial peptides (SCAAP) described in Sect. 6.3.3. The comparative study of these two groups made possible the identification of a particular reason for the toxicity of the selective cationic amphipatic antibacterial peptides.

Keywords: Antibacterial peptides, Carpet-like model, Cell penetrating peptides, Endocytic pathway, Inverted micelle formation, Matrix Σni=1Qi, Membrane thinning model, Non endocytic pathway, Polarity index method, Pore formation, Toroidal model.

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