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The Coordinated Response of the Physical and Antimicrobial Peptide Barriers of the Skin

By Andrew W. Borkowski and Richard L. Gallo

Abstract

Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are an essential and multifunctional element for immune defense of the skin during infection and injury. In this issue, Ahrens et al. characterize the response of β-defensins, a class of AMPs, following acute and chronic challenges to the permeability barrier of the skin. Their findings suggest that the antimicrobial and permeability barriers of the skin are closely linked

Publisher: The Society for Investigative Dermatology, Inc. Published by Elsevier Inc.
Year: 2011
DOI identifier: 10.1038/jid.2010.360
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