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Protein & Peptide Letters


ISSN (Print): 0929-8665
ISSN (Online): 1875-5305

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

Author(s): Lars Steinstraesser, Tobias Hirsch, Frank Jacobsen and Hans-Ulrich Steinau

Volume 15, Issue 3, 2008

Page: [238 - 243] Pages: 6

DOI: 10.2174/092986608783744252

Price: $65


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, bacterial infection, innate immune system, defensins, cathelicidins, munomodulation, anitbacterial activity

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