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Antimicrobial Peptides

Role in Human Health and Disease

  • Jürgen Harder
  • Jens-M. Schröder

Part of the Birkhäuser Advances in Infectious Diseases book series (BAID)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vi
  2. Fabian Garreis, Martin Schicht, Friedrich Paulsen
    Pages 17-32
  3. Frederik Seiler, Robert Bals, Christoph Beisswenger
    Pages 33-52
  4. Brian Becknell, John David Spencer
    Pages 53-65
  5. Maureen J. Ostaff, Eduard F. Stange, Jan Wehkamp
    Pages 67-88
  6. Alexander M. Cole, Amy Liese Cole
    Pages 115-127
  7. Kim Alan Brogden, Amber M. Bates, Carol L. Fischer
    Pages 129-146
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 155-158

About this book


This book focuses on the importance of human antimicrobial peptides (AMP) in keeping the host healthy and preventing infectious diseases. The first chapters deal with several examples of the role of AMP in different epithelial organs (skin and wound healing, eye, lung, genito-urinary tract, gut), which are exposed to different kinds of infectious microorganisms and as a result produce different patterns of AMP. Examples of the dysregulation of AMP expression and function promoting infections are discussed. The capacity of AMP to restrict the availability of essential metals to bacteria as an efficient antibacterial strategy in nutritional immunity is discussed in the next chapter. Our current understanding of how vitamin D, the sunshine vitamin, influences AMP-expression and how this can affect our health is also addressed. Last but not least, the role of AMP in HIV infection and the immunomodulatory properties of AMP highlight the diverse facets of AMP in host immunity. AMP’s specific functions, including in fighting multi-resistant bacteria, suggest that they may offer therapeutic benefits – a question that is discussed in the final chapter.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Jürgen Harder
    • 1
  • Jens-M. Schröder
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of DermatologyUniversity-Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus KielKielGermany
  2. 2.Department of DermatologyUniversity-Hospital Schleswig-Holstein, Campus KielKielGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Antimicrobial Peptides
  • Book Subtitle Role in Human Health and Disease
  • Editors Jürgen Harder
    Jens-M. Schröder
  • Series Title Birkhäuser Advances in Infectious Diseases
  • Series Abbreviated Title Infect.Diseases
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Biomedical and Life Sciences Biomedical and Life Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-24197-5
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-79588-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-24199-9
  • Series ISSN 2504-3811
  • Series E-ISSN 2504-3838
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VI, 158
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 10 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Immunology
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