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Antimicrobial peptides

Naturally occurring oligopeptides that destabilize bacterial membranes are widespread in nature, where they play a part in innate defence against microbial infection. Compounds of this type include cecropins (originally described in insects), magainins (from frogs), defensins (from mammalian leucocytes), and lanthionine-containing lantibiotics (from bacteria). Whether these, or related synthetic compounds, have any future as therapeutic agents remains to be seen.
 

 

 

 

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