Current Protein & Peptide Science

Ben M. Dunn  
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology University of Florida
College of Medicine, P.O. Box 100245, Gainesville
Florida, FL 32610-0245


Defensins - Non-antibiotic Use for Vaccine Development

Author(s): Arya Biragyn.


Vaccines should elicit protective and long lasting immune memory, which depends on well choreographed responses between innate and acquired immunity. Defensins are small host defense peptides of innate immunity hitherto reported to have antimicrobial activity, which also orchestrate chemotaxis and activation of effector immune cells, including immature dendritic cells. This review analyzes the biological meaning of the immunomodulatory and immunoenhancing features of defensins and their use for the development of novel vaccines to combat cancer and clinically relevant diseases.

Keywords: antimicrobial peptides, dendritic cells, vaccine carrier

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Article Details

Year: 2005
Page: [53 - 60]
Pages: 8
DOI: 10.2174/1389203053027601