cryptdin

cryptdin

(krĭp′dĭn)
A cation released from intestinal crypts, as a defense against infection with enteric bacteria. It is part of the innate immune response. Cryptdins destroy bacteria by punching holes in their cell membranes.
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In other studies, Cryptosporidium parvum infection activated both CD4+ and CD8+ gamma/delta T cells, and Giardia species stimulated the release of several effector molecules, including defensins, cryptdins, and indolicidin.