Antimicrobial peptides of vertebrates

Curr Opin Immunol. 1998 Feb;10(1):41-4. doi: 10.1016/s0952-7915(98)80029-0.


The past year brought several discoveries that focused attention on antimicrobial peptides on epithelial surfaces. The malfunction of these substances was implicated as a cause of airway infections in cystic fibrosis. Other highlights included new insights into the relative selectivity of antimicrobial peptides for microbial membranes, their primary site of action.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Anti-Infective Agents / immunology*
  • Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides / immunology*
  • Blood Proteins / immunology
  • Cathelicidins
  • Defensins
  • Humans
  • Invertebrates / immunology*
  • Vertebrates / immunology


  • Anti-Infective Agents
  • Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides
  • Blood Proteins
  • Cathelicidins
  • Defensins
  • ropocamptide