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Antimicrobial Peptides: Defensins and Cathelicidins

Immunology

Innate Immunity and Infection

  1. Robert I. Lehrer MD1,
  2. Tomas Ganz PhD MD2

Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470688618.taw0091

Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections

Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections

How to Cite

Lehrer, R. I. and Ganz, T. 2010. Antimicrobial Peptides: Defensins and Cathelicidins. Topley and Wilson's Microbiology and Microbial Infections. .

Author Information

  1. 1

    UCLA School of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Los Angeles, CA, USA

  2. 2

    David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Departments of Medicine and Pathology, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 MAR 2010

Abstract

  • 1
    Defensins
  • 2
    Cathelicidins
  • 3
    Concluding Remarks

Keywords:

  • antimicrobial peptides, defensins and cathelicidins;
  • antimicrobial defense-neutrophils and polymorphonucleated neutrophilic granulocytes (PMN);
  • defensins, large and growing family of antimicrobial peptides;
  • variability of expression;
  • antimicrobial mechanisms;
  • defensin sequences and composition;
  • defensin biosynthesis;
  • porcine and human cathelicidin genes