A consistent nomenclature of antimicrobial peptides isolated from frogs of the subfamily Phyllomedusinae

Peptides. 2008 Nov;29(11):2074-82. doi: 10.1016/j.peptides.2008.06.017. Epub 2008 Jul 3.


A growing number of cationic antimicrobial peptides have been isolated from the skin of hylid frogs belonging to the Phyllomedusinae subfamily. The amino acid sequences of these peptides are currently located in several databases under identifiers with no consistent system of nomenclature to describe them. In order to provide a workable terminology for antimicrobial peptides from Phyllomedusid frogs, we have made a systematic effort to collect, analyze, and classify all the Phyllomedusid peptide sequences available in databases. We propose that frogs belonging to the Phyllomedusinae subfamily should be described by the species names set out in Amphibian Species of the World: http://research.amnh.org/herpetology/amphibia/index.php, American Museum of Natural History, New York, USA. Multiple alignments analysis of at least 80 antimicrobial peptides isolated from 12 Phyllomedusinae species were distributed in seven distinct peptide families including dermaseptin, phylloseptin, plasticin, dermatoxin, phylloxin, hyposin and orphan peptides, and will be considered as the name of the headgroup of each family. The parent peptide's name should be followed by the first upper letter of the species for orthologous peptides and publication date determines priority. For example, the abbreviation B for bicolor and H for hypochondrialis. When two species begin with the same letter, two letters in upper case should be used (the first letter followed by the second or the third letter and so on). For example, the abbreviation DI for distincta, DU for duellmani, VA for vaillanti and VN for vanzolinii. Paralogous peptides should bear letter(s) in upper case followed by numbers.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Amino Acid Sequence
  • Amphibian Proteins / classification
  • Animals
  • Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides / classification*
  • Anura / classification*
  • Eye Proteins / classification
  • Molecular Sequence Data
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins / classification
  • Peptides / classification
  • Sequence Alignment
  • Terminology as Topic


  • Amphibian Proteins
  • Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides
  • Eye Proteins
  • Nerve Tissue Proteins
  • Peptides
  • phylloseptin-2, Phyllomedusa
  • phylloxin
  • dermaseptin
  • plasticin