Antimicrobial peptides in Echinoderms

  title={Antimicrobial peptides in Echinoderms},
  author={Chunsheng Li and Tor Haug and Klara Stensv{\aa}g},
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are important immune effector molecules for invertebrates, including echinoderms, which lack a vertebrate-type adaptive immune system. Here we summarize the knowledge of such peptides in echinoderms. Strongylocins are a novel family of cysteine-rich AMPs, recently identified in the sea urchins, Strongylocentrotus droebachiensis and S. purpuratus. Although these molecules present diverse amino acid sequences, they share an identical cysteine arrangement pattern… CONTINUE READING

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