Plant-derived antifungal proteins and peptides

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Plants produce potent constitutive and induced antifungal compounds to complement the structural barriers to microbial infection. Approximately 250 000 – 500 000 plant species exist, but only a few of these have been investigated for antimicrobial activity. Nevertheless, a wide spectrum of compound classes have been purified and found to have antifungal properties. The commercial potential of effective plant-produced antifungal compounds remains largely unexplored. This review article presents examples of these compounds and discusses their properties.Key words: antifungal, peptides, phytopathogenic, plants, proteins.

Les plantes produisent des composés antifongiques actifs de manière constitutive et induite pour complémenter les barrières structurelles aux infections microbiennes. Environ 250 000 – 500 000 espèces de plantes existent mais seulement une petite proportion de celles-ci a été analysées pour une activité antimicrobienne. Malgré cela, un large spectre de classes de composés ont été purifiés et ont démontré des propriétés antifongiques. Le potentiel commercial de composés antifongiques efficaces produits par des plantes demeure en grande partie inexploré. Cet article de revue présente des exemples de ces composés et discutent de leurs propriétés.Mots clés : antifongiques, peptides, phytopathogènes, plantes, protéines.[Traduit par la Rédaction]

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: December 1, 2005

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