Novel inducible antibacterial peptides from a hemipteran insect, the sap-sucking bug Pyrrhocoris apterus.

@article{Cociancich1994NovelIA,
  title={Novel inducible antibacterial peptides from a hemipteran insect, the sap-sucking bug Pyrrhocoris apterus.},
  author={S Cociancich and Alexandre Dupont and G B Hegy and R Lanot and François Holder and Charles Hetru and Jules A. Hoffmann and Philippe Bulet},
  journal={The Biochemical journal},
  year={1994},
  volume={300 ( Pt 2)},
  pages={567-75}
}
Insects belonging to the recent orders of the endopterygote clade (Lepidoptera, Diptera, Hymenoptera and Coleoptera) respond to bacterial challenge by the rapid and transient synthesis of a battery of potent antibacterial peptides which are secreted into their haemolymph. Here we present the first report on inducible antibacterial molecules in the sap-sucking bug Pyrrhocoris apterus, a representative species of the Hemiptera, which predated the Endoptergotes by at least 50 million years in… CONTINUE READING

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