Antimicrobial Peptides - GRC
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Antimicrobial / Host Defense Peptides (AMPs) are pivotal to host defense against infection, representing a fundamentally important component of the immune system widely conserved across plants and animals with a broad spectrum microbicidal activity against bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites. AMPs are key modulators of immunity and inflammation, playing critical roles in innate immunity and bridging innate and adaptive immune systems.
AMPs have been studied in health and found to be important in a wide range of specific disease processes. The challenge for the field is now to realize the potential for AMPs in human and veterinary medicine.