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Molecules 2015, 20(1), 1210-1227;

Pro-Moieties of Antimicrobial Peptide Prodrugs

Department of Clinical Microbiology, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, Dublin 9, Ireland
Centre for Synthesis and Chemical Biology, Department of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, 123 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Academic Editor: Jean Jacques Vanden Eynde
Received: 18 November 2014 / Accepted: 8 January 2015 / Published: 13 January 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Prodrugs)
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Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are a promising class of antimicrobial agents that have been garnering increasing attention as resistance renders many conventional antibiotics ineffective. Extensive research has resulted in a large library of highly-active AMPs. However, several issues serve as an impediment to their clinical development, not least the issue of host toxicity. An approach that may allow otherwise cytotoxic AMPs to be used is to deliver them as a prodrug, targeting antimicrobial activity and limiting toxic effects on the host. The varied library of AMPs is complemented by a selection of different possible pro-moieties, each with their own characteristics. This review deals with the different pro-moieties that have been used with AMPs and discusses the merits of each. View Full-Text
Keywords: antimicrobial; peptides; PEG; prodrug; antibody; charge antimicrobial; peptides; PEG; prodrug; antibody; charge

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Forde, E.; Devocelle, M. Pro-Moieties of Antimicrobial Peptide Prodrugs. Molecules 2015, 20, 1210-1227.

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