Peptides as weapons against microorganisms in the chemical defense system of vertebrates.

@article{Nicolas1995PeptidesAW,
  title={Peptides as weapons against microorganisms in the chemical defense system of vertebrates.},
  author={P. Nicolas and A. Mor},
  journal={Annual review of microbiology},
  year={1995},
  volume={49},
  pages={
          277-304
        }
}
The innate immunity of vertebrates to microbial invasion is arbitrated by a network of host-defense mechanisms involving both the long-lasting highly specific responses of the cell-mediated immune system and a nonspecific chemical defense system based on a series of broad-spectrum antimicrobial peptides that are analogous to those found in insects. Vertebrate antibiotic peptides secreted by nonlymphoid cells of the mucosal surfaces of the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts as well as by… Expand
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