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Appl Environ Microbiol. 2012 Aug;78(15):5452-6. doi: 10.1128/AEM.01493-12. Epub 2012 May 25.

The bacterial surface layer provides protection against antimicrobial peptides.

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Centre for Microbial Diseases and Immunity Research, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Abstract

This report describes a previously unrecognized role for bacterial surface layers as barriers that confer protection against antimicrobial peptides. As antimicrobial peptides exist in natural environments, S-layers may provide a bacterial survival mechanism that has been selected for through evolution.

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22635987
PMCID:
PMC3416397
DOI:
10.1128/AEM.01493-12
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