Principal Investigators

    Prof Frances Separovic


    The University of Melbourne

    Contact information of lead PI



    Title of project or programme

    Structure and activity determination of membrane-active peptides

    Source of funding information

    Australian Research Council

    Total sum awarded (Euro)

    € 221,477

    Start date of award


    Total duration of award in years



    Research Abstract

    Membrane-active peptides, such as antimicrobial and amyloid (Ab) peptides, play an important role in disease. With the growth of antibiotic resistance and increase in Alzheimer’s disease, which is epitomised by plaques of Ab, new drugs are required. Although Ab is toxic in neuronal cell cultures and disrupts cell membranes, the mechanism is unknown. Antimicrobial peptides that target bacterial membranes have evolved as a defence mechanism against infection and, since membranes show little genetic adaptation, could be drug candidates. Model membranes will be developed to elucidate the mechanism of action and key molecular features that determine affinity for membrane lipids of an antimicrobial peptide and full length Ab peptides.

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Types: Investments < €500k
Member States: Australia
Diseases: N/A
Years: 2016
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