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Janus, M.M. (author), Keijser, B.J.F. (author), Bikker, F.J. (author), Exterkate, R.A.M. (author), Crielaard, W. (author), Krom, B.P. (author)
Commensal oral biofilms, defined by the absence of pathology-related phenotypes, are ubiquitously present. In contrast to pathological biofilms commensal biofilms are rarely studied. Here, the effect of the initial inoculum and subsequent growth conditions on in vitro oral biofilms was studied. Biofilms were inoculated with saliva and grown...
article 2015
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Sijbrandij, T. (author), Kaman, W.E. (author), Ligtenberg, A.J.M. (author), Nazmi, K. (author), Veerman, E.C.I. (author), Bikker, F.J. (author)
Toxin-antitoxin modules are necessary for the mode of action of several antibiotics. One of the most studied toxin-antitoxin modules is the quorum sensing - dependent MazEF system in Escherichia coli. The quorum sensing factor in this system is called the extracellular death factor (EDF), a linear pentapeptide with the sequence NNWNN. In spite...
article 2014
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Kaman, W.E. (author), Voskamp-Visser, I. (author), de Jongh, D.M.C. (author), Endtz, H.P. (author), van Belkum, A. (author), Hays, J.P. (author), Bikker, F.J. (author)
Bacterial proteases play an important role in a broad spectrum of processes, including colonization, proliferation, and virulence. In this respect, bacterial proteases are potential biomarkers for bacterial diagnosis and targets for novel therapeutic protease inhibitors. To investigate these potential functions, the authors designed and used a...
article 2013
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Bikker, F.J. (author), Kaman-van Zanten, W.E. (author)
The invention comprises a substrate for detection of micro-organisms, wherein said substrate comprises a set of molecular markers linked, optionally with linker molecules or moeieties, to a di-, or tripeptide consisting of amino acids X1 and X2, or X1, X2 and X3, in which one of them, for example X1, is a D-amino acid and the others, for example...
patent 2012
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Molhoek, E.M. (author), van Dijk, A. (author), Veldhuizen, E.J.A. (author), Haagsman, H.P. (author), Bikker, F.J. (author)
Staphylococcus epidermidis is a major cause of nosocomial infections owing to its ability to form biofilms on the surface of medical devices. Biofilms are surface-adhered bacterial communities. In mature biofilms these communities are encased in an extracellular matrix composed of bacterial polysaccharides, proteins and DNA. The antibiotic...
article 2011
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Kaman, W.E. (author), Hulst, A.G. (author), van Alphen, P.T.W. (author), Roffel, S. (author), van der Schans, M.J. (author), Merkel, T. (author), van Belkum, A. (author), Bikker, F.J. (author)
We describe the development of a highly specific enzyme-based fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) assay for easy and rapid detection both in vitro and in vivo of Bacillus spp., among which are the members of the B. cereus group. Synthetic substrates for B. anthracis proteases were designed and exposed to secreted enzymes of a broad...
article 2011
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Kaman, W.E. (author), Hawkey, S. (author), van der Kleij, D. (author), Broekhuijsen, M.P. (author), Silman, N.J. (author), Bikker, F.J. (author)
We determined the role of Yersinia pestis virulence markers in an animal model of pneumonic plague. Eleven strains of Y. pestis were characterized using PCR assays to detect the presence of known virulence genes both encoded by the three plasmids as well as chromosomal markers. The virulence of all Y. pestis strains was compared in a mouse model...
article 2011
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van Dijk, A. (author), Molhoek, E.M. (author), Bikker, F.J. (author), Yu, P.L. (author), Veldhuizen, E.J.A. (author), Haagsman, H.P. (author)
The broad-spectrum defense system based on host defense peptides (HDPs) is evolutionary very old and many invertebrates rely on this system for protection from bacterial infections. However, in vertebrates the system remained important in spite of the superposition of a very sophisticated adaptive immune system. The cathelicidins comprise a...
article 2011
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Molhoek, E.M. (author), van Dijk, A. (author), Veldhuizen, E.J.A. (author), Haagsman, H.P. (author), Bikker, F.J. (author)
A truncated version of host defense peptide chicken cathelicidin-2, C1-15, possesses potent, broad spectrum antibacterial activity. A variant of this peptide, F2,5,12W, which contains 3 phenylalanine to tryptophan substitutions, possesses improved antibacterial activity and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) neutralizing activity compared to C1-15. In...
article 2011
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Bikker, F.J. (author), Kaman-van Zanten, W.E. (author)
The invention comprises a substrate for detection of micro-organisms, wherein said substrate comprises a set of molecular markers linked to a di, tri- or tetrapeptide consisting of amino acids X1 and X2, X1, X2 and X3 or X1, X2, X3 and X4, respectively, in which one of them, for example X1 is a D-amino acid and the others, for example X2, X3 and...
patent 2010
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Molhoek, E.M. (author), van Dijk, A. (author), Veldhuizen, E.J.A. (author), Dijk-Knijnenburg, H. (author), Mars-Groenendijk, R.H. (author), Boele, L.C.L. (author), Kaman-van Zanten, W.E. (author), Haagsman, H.P. (author), Bikker, F.J. (author), TNO Defensie en Veiligheid (author)
Host defence peptides (HDPs) are considered to be excellent candidates for the development of novel therapeutic agents. Recently, it was demonstrated that the peptide C1-15, an N-terminal segment of chicken HDP cathelicidin-2, exhibits potent antibacterial activity while lacking cytotoxicity towards eukaryotic cells. In the present study, we...
article 2010
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Molhoek, E.M. (author), den Hertog, A.L. (author), de Vries, A.M.B.C. (author), Nazmi, K. (author), Veerman, E.C.I. (author), Hartgers, F.C. (author), Yazdanbakhsh, M. (author), Bikker, F.J. (author), van der Kleij, D. (author), TNO Defensie en Veiligheid (author)
Cathelicidins are effector molecules of the innate host defense system that establish an antimicrobial barrier at epithelial interfaces. The human cathelicidin LL-37, in addition to its antimicrobial activity, also exhibits immunomodulatory effects, such as inhibition of pro-inflammatory responses to bacterial LPS in human monocytic cells. In...
article 2009
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End, C. (author), Bikker, F.J. (author), Renner, M. (author), Bergmann, G. (author), Lyer, S. (author), Blaich, S. (author), Hudler, M. (author), Helmke, B. (author), Gassler, N. (author), Autschbach, F. (author), Ligtenberg, A.J.M. (author), Benner, A. (author), Holmskov, U. (author), Schirmacher, P. (author), Nieuw Amerongen, A.V. (author), Rosenstiel, P. (author), Sina, C. (author), Franke, A. (author), Hafner, M. (author), Kioschis, P. (author), Schreiber, S. (author), Poustka, A. (author), Mollenhauer, J. (author)
Deleted in malignant brain tumors 1 (DMBT1) is a secreted glycoprotein displaying a broad bacterial-binding spectrum. Recent functional and genetic studies linked DMBT1 to the suppression of LPS-induced TLR4-mediated NF-kappaB activation and to the pathogenesis of Crohn's disease. Here, we aimed at unraveling the molecular basis of its function...
article 2009
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van Dijk, A. (author), Molhoek, E.M. (author), Veldhuizen, E.J.A. (author), Tjeerdsma-van Bokhoven, J.L.M. (author), Wagendorp, E. (author), Bikker, F.J. (author), Haagsman, H.P. (author), TNO Defensie en Veiligheid (author)
Chicken host defense peptide cathelicidin-2 (CATH-2) is known to exert antimicrobial and immunomodulatory activities and consists of two α-helices connected by a hinge region. Here we report the biological properties of the separate α-helical segments and the importance of the proline residue in the hinge region. Substitution of proline-14 in...
article 2009
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Noort, D. (author), van der Schans, M.J. (author), Bikker, F.J. (author), Benschop, H.P. (author), TNO Defensie en Veiligheid (author)
Methods to analyze chemical warfare agents (CW-agents) and their decomposition products in environmental samples were developed over the last decades. In contrast herewith, procedures for analysis in biological samples have only recently been developed. Retrospective detection of exposure to CW-agents is useful for various applications. It can...
bookPart 2009
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Bikker, F.J. (author), Mars-Groenendijk, R.H. (author), Noort, D. (author), Fidder, A. (author), van der Schans, G.P. (author), TNO Defensie en Veiligheid (author)
As part of a research program to develop novel methods for diagnosis of sulfur mustard exposure in the human skin the suitability of phage display was explored. Phage display is a relative new method that enables researchers to quickly evaluate a huge range of potentially useful antibodies, thereby bypassing the more costly and time-consuming...
article 2007
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Bikker, F.J. (author), Kaman-van Zanten, W.E. (author), de Vries-van de Ruit, A.M.B.C. (author), Voskamp-Visser, I. (author), van Hooft, P.A.V. (author), Mars-Groenendijk, R.H. (author), de Visser, P.C. (author), Noort, D. (author), TNO Defensie en Veiligheid (author)
Drosocin is a 19-mer, cationic antimicrobial peptide from Drosophila melanogaster. The aim of the study was to examine the antibacterial spectrum of unglycosylated drosocin analogues. Furthermore, the amino acid sequence of DnaK, drosocin's intracellular target, from susceptible species was aligned and studied for sequence homology. From this a...
article 2006
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