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  • Diversity, evolution and medical applications of insect antimicrobial peptides
    Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are short proteins with antimicrobial activity. A large portion of known AMPs originate from insects, and the number and diversity of these molecules in different species varies considerably. Insect AMPs represent a potential source of alternative antibiotics to address the limitation of current antibiotics, which has been caused by the emergence and spread of multidrug-resistant pathogens. Read more…
  • The Medical Potential of Antimicrobial Peptides from Insects
    Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are peptide-based effector molecules produced by the innate immune system to combat microbes. Insects produce the broadest repertoire of AMPs, and their potent antimicrobial activity in vitro and in vivo has promoted their development as alternatives to conventional antibiotics, in an attempt to address the threat of multidrug-resistant pathogens. Keep reading
  • Take Two Cicadas and Call Me in the Morning
    If You Hear a ringing sound in your ears, clinically called tinnitus, then maybe you should boil some cicada skins and drink the extract. Although this sounds strange, it is just one of the uses of cicadas in traditional Chinese medicine. Get PDF