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Dev Comp Immunol. 2005;29(1):83-90.

Host-defense peptides isolated from the skin secretions of the Northern red-legged frog Rana aurora aurora.

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Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, United Arab Emirates University, P.O. Box 17666, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates.


Antimicrobial peptides in the skin secretions of anurans constitute a component of the innate immunity that protects the organism against invading pathogens. Four peptides with antimicrobial activity were isolated in high yield from norepinephrine-stimulated skin secretions of the Northern red-legged frog Rana aurora aurora and their primary structures determined. Ranatuerin-2AUa (GILSSFKGVAKGVAKNLAGKLLDELKCKITGC) showed potent growth-inhibitory activity against a range of Gram-positive and Gram-negative bacteria (minimum inhibitory concentrations < 20 microM) but low hemolytic activity against human erythrocytes (50% hemolysis at 290 microM). Brevinin-1AUa (FLPILAGLAAKLVPKVFCSITKKC) and brevinin-1AUb (FLPILAGLAANILPKVFCSITKKC) also showed potent antimicrobial activity but were strongly hemolytic (HC50 < 10 microM). Temporin-1AUa (FLPIIGQLLSGLL.NH2) atypically lacked a basic amino acid residue and showed very weak antimicrobial and hemolytic activity. Its biological function remains to be established. The primary structures of the antimicrobial peptides are consistent with a close phylogenetic relationship between R. aurora, Rana boylii and Rana luteiventris.

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