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Protein Pept Lett. 2005 Jan;12(1):13-8.

Plant defense and antimicrobial peptides.

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Brazilian Center for Protein Research, Department of Cell Biology, University of Brasilia. Brazil.


Plants are constantly exposed to a large array of pathogenic organisms and the survival in these conditions demands quick defense responses which include the synthesis of defense peptides and proteins with antimicrobial properties. The main groups of antimicrobial peptides found in plants are thionins, defensins and lipid transfer proteins. They constitute interesting candidates to engineer disease resistance in plants.

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