DADP: the database of anuran defense peptides

Bioinformatics. 2012 May 15;28(10):1406-7. doi: 10.1093/bioinformatics/bts141. Epub 2012 Mar 29.


Anuran tissues, and especially skin, are a rich source of bioactive peptides and their precursors. We here present a manually curated database of antimicrobial and other defense peptides with a total of 2571 entries, most of them in the precursor form with demarcated signal peptide (SP), acidic proregion(s) and bioactive moiety(s) corresponding to 1923 non-identical bioactive sequences. Search functions on the corresponding web server facilitate the extraction of six distinct SP classes. The more conserved of these can be used for searching cDNA and UniProtKB databases for potential bioactive peptides, for creating PROSITE search patterns, and for phylogenetic analysis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides / analysis
  • Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides / genetics*
  • Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides / immunology
  • Anura / immunology*
  • Databases, Factual
  • Databases, Protein*
  • Deoxyadenine Nucleotides
  • Peptides
  • Phylogeny
  • Skin / chemistry
  • Skin / immunology


  • Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides
  • Deoxyadenine Nucleotides
  • Peptides
  • deoxyadenosine diphosphate