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  • n. Any of a family of antimicrobial polypeptides found in lysosomes in polymorphonuclear leukocytes.


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  • It had previously been shown that defects in the immune system interfere with the skin's ability to produce a peptide called cathelicidin, which is protective against microbial invasion.

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  • These AMPs are basically endogenously produced antibiotics with names like defensin 2, defensin 3, and cathelicidin.

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  • Vitamin D boosts immunity by stimulating production of cathelicidin, an antimicrobial protein that serves as a " natural antibiotic " in the body, says Michael Zasloff , a professor of surgery and pediatrics at Georgetown University Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

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  • Both epithelial cells and macrophages increase expression of the antimicrobial cathelicidin upon exposure to microbes, an expression that is dependent upon the presence of vitamin D.

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  • Only recently have infectious disease investigators learned that vitamin D creates an antibiotic peptide (cathelicidin).

  • Liu PT, Stenger S, Tang DH, Modlin RL (2007) Cutting edge: vitamin D-mediated human antimicrobial activity against Mycobacterium tuberculosis is dependent on the induction of cathelicidin.

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  • Therefore, we propose a common pathway involved in upregulation of vitamin DBP and cathelicidin in response to mycobacterial infections in cattle similar to that reported in humans

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  • M. tuberculosis by induction of cathelicidin, also known as LL-37

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  • Transthyretin, retinol binding proteins, and cathelicidin were identified exclusively in

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  • Experts believe advances in the use of cathelicidin may form the basis for new therapies. - latest science and technology news stories


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