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Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides

"Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

Small cationic peptides that are an important component, in most species, of early innate and induced defenses against invading microbes. In animals they are found on mucosal surfaces, within phagocytic granules, and on the surface of the body. They are also found in insects and plants. Among others, this group includes the DEFENSINS, protegrins, tachyplesins, and thionins. They displace DIVALENT CATIONS from phosphate groups of MEMBRANE LIPIDS leading to disruption of the membrane.


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Antimicrobial Cationic Peptides" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 211 publications over 27 distinct years, with a maximum of 26 publications in 2011
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