[Man's own antibiotics--an innate immune system].


In 1981, Steiner and co-workers of Stockholm described a newly discovered type of potent antibacterial peptides which lack cysteine, so called cecropins, which are spiral-formed molecules of 30-40 amino acids found to kill bacteria within a few minutes by disintegration of the bacterial cell wall, but to do no damage to the membrane of insect or mammalian… (More)


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