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Protein & Peptide Letters


ISSN (Print): 0929-8665
ISSN (Online): 1875-5305

Pharmacological Characterisation of Spider Antimicrobial Peptides

Author(s): Li Gao, Jing Zhang, Wei Feng, Na Bao, Daxiang Song and Bao-Cheng Zhu

Volume 12, Issue 6, 2005

Page: [507 - 511] Pages: 5

DOI: 10.2174/0929866054395806

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Most spider antimicrobial peptides share a common mechanism of membrane permeabilisation and the innate immune systems of the pathogen. In this review, we present recent accounts of the application at the preclinical level that should be tried and the range of bioactivities and their particular structure can be harnessed for molecular engineering applications and in drug design. Structural analyses such as amino acid sequence and circular dichroism are described. Conductance measurements and pharmacological studies of the action on the inner or outer membranes of anti-microbe will reveal more about the mode of action of the antimicrobial peptides of spider.

Keywords: venoms, neurotoxins, antimicrobial peptides, lycosa singoriensis, lycotoxin, tachystatin a, oxyopinin, gomesin

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