Plant defense and antimicrobial peptides

Protein Pept Lett. 2005 Jan;12(1):13-8.


Plants are constantly exposed to a large array of pathogenic organisms and the survival in these conditions demands quick defense responses which include the synthesis of defense peptides and proteins with antimicrobial properties. The main groups of antimicrobial peptides found in plants are thionins, defensins and lipid transfer proteins. They constitute interesting candidates to engineer disease resistance in plants.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides / chemistry
  • Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides / metabolism
  • Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides / physiology*
  • Defensins / chemistry
  • Defensins / immunology
  • Plant Proteins / genetics
  • Plant Proteins / physiology*
  • Plants / genetics
  • Plants / immunology*
  • Plants / microbiology


  • Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides
  • Defensins
  • Plant Proteins