Defensins are differentially expressed with respect to the anatomic region in the upper gastrointestinal tract of children.


Defensins are antimicrobial peptides expressed on various epithelial surfaces. Although they are believed to contribute to intestinal homeostasis, their expression pattern in children is not well characterized. As determined by real-time polymerase chain reaction, amount of human alpha-defensins (hD)-5 and -6 mRNA in duodenal biopsies were significantly… (More)
DOI: 10.1097/MPG.0b013e31818f0a51