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β-defensins play a dual role during immune response. Their direct antimicrobial properties contribute to the local innate immune… Expand Farnesol, a quorum-sensing molecule, regulates virulence and morphogenesis in Candida albicans and is involved in various human… Expand Recent evidence suggests that probiotic bacteria may stabilize gut barrier function via induction of anti‐microbial peptides such… Expand ABSTRACT Human β-defensin 2 (hBD-2) is an inducible antimicrobial peptide synthesized by the epithelium to counteract bacterial… Expand ABSTRACT Little is known about the defensive mechanisms induced in epithelial cells by pathogenic versus probiotic bacteria. The… Expand Breast-feeding decreases the risk of breast cancer in mothers and infection, allergy, and autoimmunity in infants. The presence… Expand We transfected host cells with an antimicrobial peptide/protein-encoding gene as a way to enhance host defense mechanisms against… Expand Chemokine receptors are differentially expressed on immature and mature dendritic cells (DC). Herein, we demonstrate for the… Expand A rich residential microflora is harboured by the distal outer root sheath of the hair follicle and the hair canal - normally… Expand ABSTRACT One component of host defense at mucosal surfaces is epithelium-derived peptides with antimicrobial activity called… Expand