Human antimicrobial proteins in ear wax

  title={Human antimicrobial proteins in ear wax},
  author={Matthias Schwaab and Andrew Gurr and A. Neumann and Stefan Dazert and Amir Minovi},
  journal={European Journal of Clinical Microbiology \& Infectious Diseases},
  • M. Schwaab, A. Gurr, A. Minovi
  • Published 6 February 2011
  • Biology
  • European Journal of Clinical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases
The external auditory canal is vulnerable to bacterial infections, but little is known about thechemical compositions of ear wax regarding antimicrobial peptides. We, therefore, studied the proteinconcentrations of ten well-known human antimicrobial peptides from ear wax.Twenty ear wax samples from healthy individuals were analysed using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to determine theprotein concentrations of the antimicrobial peptides hBD1-3, lactoferrin, LL-37, BPI, hSLPI and HNP1… 

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