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Plant antimicrobial peptides

Authors
  • Nawrot, Robert1
  • Barylski, Jakub1
  • Nowicki, Grzegorz1
  • Broniarczyk, Justyna1
  • Buchwald, Waldemar2
  • Goździcka-Józefiak, Anna1
  • 1 Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Department of Molecular Virology, Institute of Experimental Biology, Faculty of Biology, Umultowska 89, Poznan, 61-614, Poland , Poznan (Poland)
  • 2 Institute of Natural Fibres and Medicinal Plants, Kolejowa 2, Plewiska, 62-064, Poland , Plewiska (Poland)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Folia Microbiologica
Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Publication Date
Oct 04, 2013
Volume
59
Issue
3
Pages
181–196
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1007/s12223-013-0280-4
Source
Springer Nature
Keywords
License
Green

Abstract

Plant antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are a component of barrier defense system of plants. They have been isolated from roots, seeds, flowers, stems, and leaves of a wide variety of species and have activities towards phytopathogens, as well as against bacteria pathogenic to humans. Thus, plant AMPs are considered as promising antibiotic compounds with important biotechnological applications. Plant AMPs are grouped into several families and share general features such as positive charge, the presence of disulfide bonds (which stabilize the structure), and the mechanism of action targeting outer membrane structures.

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