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Host Defense Peptides and the New Line of Defence Against Multiresistant Infections

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Increasing antibiotic resistance has led to an urgent need for new therapeutic approaches. Host defense peptides are known to be antimicrobial and have revealed broad immunomodulatory functions for both innate and adaptive immunity. This review will focus on the role of host defense peptides in infection and immune response and discuss its potential and limitations as a future therapeutical agent.

Keywords: Host defense peptides; anitbacterial activity; bacterial infection; cathelicidins; defensins; innate immune system; munomodulation

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: March 1, 2008

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  • Protein & Peptide Letters publishes short papers in all important aspects of protein and peptide research, including structural studies, recombinant expression, function, synthesis, enzymology, immunology, molecular modeling, drug design etc. Manuscripts must have a significant element of novelty, timeliness and urgency that merit rapid publication. Reports of crystallisation, and preliminary structure determinations of biologically important proteins are acceptable. Purely theoretical papers are also acceptable provided they provide new insight into the principles of protein/peptide structure and function.

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