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The Potential of Antimicrobial Peptides as Biocides
Ward Biotech Ltd., Glasdrummann, Milltown, Monaghan, Ireland
Biomaterials Research Group, School of Pharmacy, Queens University of Belfast, Medical Biology Centre, 97 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7BL, UK
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Received: 10 August 2011; in revised form: 22 September 2011 / Accepted: 26 September 2011 / Published: 6 October 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Biocides
Abstract: Antimicrobial peptides constitute a diverse class of naturally occurring antimicrobial molecules which have activity against a wide range of pathogenic microorganisms. Antimicrobial peptides are exciting leads in the development of novel biocidal agents at a time when classical antibiotics are under intense pressure from emerging resistance, and the global industry in antibiotic research and development stagnates. This review will examine the potential of antimicrobial peptides, both natural and synthetic, as novel biocidal agents in the battle against multi-drug resistant pathogen infections.
Keywords: antimicrobial; peptides; biocides
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Laverty, G.; Gorman, S.P.; Gilmore, B.F. The Potential of Antimicrobial Peptides as Biocides. Int. J. Mol. Sci. 2011, 12, 6566-6596.
Laverty G, Gorman SP, Gilmore BF. The Potential of Antimicrobial Peptides as Biocides. International Journal of Molecular Sciences. 2011; 12(10):6566-6596.
Laverty, Garry; Gorman, Sean P.; Gilmore, Brendan F. 2011. "The Potential of Antimicrobial Peptides as Biocides." Int. J. Mol. Sci. 12, no. 10: 6566-6596.