Antimicrobial peptides: agents of border protection for companion animals.

  title={Antimicrobial peptides: agents of border protection for companion animals.},
  author={Brian C. Leonard and Verena K. Affolter and Charles L. Bevins},
  journal={Veterinary dermatology},
  volume={23 3},
Over the past 20 years, there have been significant inroads into understanding the roles of antimicrobial peptides in homeostatic functions and their involvement in disease pathogenesis. In addition to direct antimicrobial activity, these peptides participate in many cellular functions, including chemotaxis, wound healing and even determination of canine coat colour. Various biological and genetic approaches have helped to elucidate the role of antimicrobial peptides with respect to innate… CONTINUE READING
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