A Review of Defensins of Diverse Origins

Author(s): Jack H. Wong, Lixin Xia, T. B. Ng

Journal Name: Current Protein & Peptide Science

Volume 8 , Issue 5 , 2007

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Defensins are a family of peptides with potent antimicrobial activity. They are found in various organisms. The intent of this article is to review the structures and mechanisms of antimicrobial actions of defensins produced by different organisms including humans, other mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, mollusks, arthropods, plants and fungi. The evolution and possible applications of these defensins are discussed.

Keywords: Defensin

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Year: 2007
Page: [446 - 459]
Pages: 14
DOI: 10.2174/138920307782411446
Price: $65

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