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Endotoxin-Neutralizing Peptides as Gram-Negative Sepsis Therapeutics

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Bacterial endotoxin [e.g. lipopolysaccharide (LPS)] can trigger systemic hyper-inflammatory that subsequently leads to multiple organ failure and lethality (gram-negative sepsis). This paper describes the development of endotoxinneutralizing peptides that potentially treat sepsis. These peptides have been derived from bactericidal/permeabilityincreasing protein (BPIP), anti-microbial peptides, and leukocyte CD18 antigen and some of these peptides have been tested in clinical studies.

Keywords: BPIP; CD18; Endotoxin-neutralizing peptide; anti-microbial peptide; gram-negative sepsis

Document Type: Research Article


Publication date: 2009-05-01

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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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