Controlling symbiotic microbes with antimicrobial peptides

Peter Mergaert, Eva Kondorosi

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The production of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) in response to invading pathogenic microbes is an effective and ancient innate immune strategy which is conserved in all analyzed present-day eukaryotes. However, organisms are not only threatened by microbes but on the contrary, they often form beneficial symbiotic associations with them. There is a growing number of reported cases, both in animals and plants, which demonstrate the critical involvement of AMPs also in these symbiotic interactions. Notably, AMPs can intervene in the selection and maintenance of symbiotic microbial communities.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSmall Wonders
Subtitle of host publicationPeptides for Disease Control
PublisherAmerican Chemical Society
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)9780841227484
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2012

Publication series

NameACS Symposium Series
ISSN (Print)0097-6156
ISSN (Electronic)1947-5918


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Chemistry(all)
  • Chemical Engineering(all)

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Mergaert, P., & Kondorosi, E. (2012). Controlling symbiotic microbes with antimicrobial peptides. In Small Wonders: Peptides for Disease Control (pp. 215-233). (ACS Symposium Series; Vol. 1095). American Chemical Society.