The antimicrobial and hemolytic activities of a host defense peptide can be controlled by its modification as a propeptide of reduced net charge, which can then be processed by neutrophil elastase, a serine protease involved in chronic airway inflammation and infections associated with cystic fibrosis.
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Published CitationDesgranges S, Le Prieult F, Daly A, Lydon J, Brennan M, Rai DK, Subasinghage AP, Hewage CM, Cryan SA, Greene C, McElvaney NG, Smyth TP, Fitzgerald-Hughes D, Humphreys H, Devocelle M. In vitro activities of synthetic host defense propeptides processed by neutrophil elastase against cystic fibrosis pathogens. Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy 2011;55(5):2487-9
PublisherAmerican Society for Microbiology