Porcine host defense peptides: expanding repertoire and functions.

  title={Porcine host defense peptides: expanding repertoire and functions.},
  author={Yongming Sang and Frank Blecha},
  journal={Developmental and comparative immunology},
  volume={33 3},
Host defense peptides (HDPs) are a large group of innate immune effectors that are also termed antimicrobial peptides. Because of the rapid progress that has been made in completing several animal genomes, many HDPs have been systemically defined using bioinformatic analysis and partially characterized using reverse genomic approaches. In pigs, about 30 HDPs have been identified and partially characterized relative to structure and function. Antimicrobial activity of porcine HDPs has been… CONTINUE READING


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