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Binding Sites on Laminin Receptors as Components for Antibiotics

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Bacteria use the receptor-adhesion-like interaction between laminin and the laminin receptor in the process of infection. We determined that bacteria do not interact with the receptor-binding site on laminin which could be expected for the bacterial laminin receptor. Rather, binding occurs via the laminin-binding site on the 67-kDa laminin receptor, which has a function similar to the one the bacterial laminin receptor possesses. This finding has implications for the effective use of antimicrobial peptides.

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Keywords: Laminin; antimicrobial peptide; binding site; laminin receptor; minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC); prion

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Nagoya R&D Institute, Toagosei Co., Ltd., 1-1, Funami-cho, Minato-ku, Nagoya, 455-0027 Japan.

Publication date: 01 January 2007

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