Antimicrobial Peptides and Viral Fusion Peptides : How Different They Are?

Authors: Joanne, P.; Nicolas, P.; El Amri, C.

Source: Protein and Peptide Letters, Volume 16, Number 7, July 2009 , pp. 743-750(8)

Publisher: Bentham Science Publishers

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Abstract:

Similarly to antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), viral fusion peptides (FPs) are membrane-active peptides. This minireview emphasizes the common properties of AMPs and FPs with a special focus on the intrinsic flexibility and structural adaptability of these peptides that are responsible for different mode of interaction with the membrane bilayers. The potential use of AMPs as multifunctional drugs with both antibacterial and antiviral properties is discussed.





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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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