Journal of Clinical and Cellular Immunology

Journal of Clinical and Cellular Immunology
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ISSN: 2155-9899

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Jenny-Lee Thomassin

  • Review Article
    Antimicrobial Peptidesas an Alternative Approach to Treat Bacterial Infections
    Author(s): Hervé Le Moual, Jenny-Lee Thomassin and John R BrannonHervé Le Moual, Jenny-Lee Thomassin and John R Brannon

    The spread of antibiotic resistance genes amongst microbes, the emergence of multi-drug resistant bacterial pathogens and the paucity of antibiotics in development have caused a major health care crisis. With few options available to treat multi-drug resistant bacteria, it is critical to develop alternative therapies to conventional antibiotics. An auspicious alternative strategy stems from antimicrobial peptides (AMPs), which are the host’s own “endogenous antibiotics”. AMPs are produced at mucosal surfaces, where they exert both bactericidal and immunomodulatory activities making them important components of the innate immune system. To date, the development of AMPbased therapies has focused on developing synthetic peptides with tailored activity and boosting endogenous AMP-expression. These therapies may be confounded by the multiple bacterial AMP-resistance mecha.. View More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2155-9899.S13-004

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