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Immunobiology. 2006;211(4):315-22. Epub 2006 Apr 17.

Host defence peptides from invertebrates--emerging antimicrobial strategies.

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Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia, 2259 Lower Mall, Vancouver, BC, Canada V6T 1Z4. bob@cmdr.ubc.ca

Abstract

Cationic antimicrobial (host defence) peptides are found as potent components of the innate immune system of all invertebrates in which they have been investigated. They vary substantially in their amino acid sequences, secondary structures, inducibility, potency and antimicrobial activity spectra. This enormous diversity is providing templates for the design and development of both antibiotic peptides and peptides that selectively modulate innate immunity to increase protection against infections and sepsis.

PMID:
16697922
DOI:
10.1016/j.imbio.2005.10.017
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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