Human antimicrobial peptides: analysis and application.

  title={Human antimicrobial peptides: analysis and application.},
  author={Alexander M. Cole and Tomas Ganz},
  volume={29 4},
  pages={822-6, 828, 830-1}
Antimicrobial peptides are innate host defense molecules that have a direct effect on bacteria, fungi and enveloped viruses. They are found in evolutionarily diverse species ranging from prokaryotes and plants to invertebrate and vertebrate animals. Humans express several families of antimicrobial peptides in myeloid cells and on various epithelial surfaces where they are poised to defend against pathogens. Recently, antimicrobial peptides from animals and plants have served as templates for… CONTINUE READING