defensins

de·fen·sins

(dē-fen'sinz),
A class of basic antibiotic polypeptides, found in neutrophils, which kills bacteria by causing membrane damage. These cytotoxic peptides contain 29-38 amino acid residues.
[L. de-fendo, pp. de-fensum, to repel, avert, + -in]

de·fen·sins

(dē-fen'sinz)
A class of basic antibiotic peptides, found in neutrophils, which apparently kill bacteria by causing membrane damage.
[L. de-fendo, pp. de-fensum, to repel, avert, + -in]
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This imbalance is aggravated by a lack of vitamin D, which results in decreased production of antimicrobial molecules called defensins that are needed to maintain healthy flora.
Defensins are antimicrobial peptides that are components of the innate immune system.
Mucins (from goblet cells) and antimicrobial peptides such as defensins (from Paneth cells) act on gram negative bacteria and, therefore, reduce exposure of intestinal epithelia to LPS.
Antimicrobial peptides in amniotic fluid: defensins, calprotectin and bacterial/permeability-increasing protein in patients with microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity, intra-amniotic inflammation, preterm labor and premature rupture of membranes.
Azurophilic (primary) granules contain MPO, defensins, and proteinases.
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Moreover, extracts of PMN's cells contain three small peptides called defensins and these defensins kill many pathogenic bacteria (Ganj et al.
EXPRESSION OF DEFENSINS IN THE JEJUNUM OF NEWBORN ALPACAS (Vicugna Pacos) WITH ENTEROPATHIES
The small proteins are called defensins and are peptides made up of about 30 amino acids.