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Antibiotic Compound from Wasp Venom














Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are part of the innate immune system that is widely distributed in nature, acting as a defense mechanism against invading microorganisms. AMPs have potent antimicrobial activity against a range of microorganisms including fungi, bacteria and viruses. In view of growing multidrug resistance, AMPs are increasingly being viewed as potential therapeutic agents with a novel mechanism of action. Mastoparan, a natural, highly positively charged AMP derived from the venom of wasps, is a highly effective antibacterial agent and is therefore a potential alternative to currently antibiotics. Participants will discuss the potential of this new compound as well as the increasing understanding of the role antibiotics play in nature.

Participant:
Yuvon Mobley, Duke University, Durham, NC, United States
 
 

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  1. Impressive results of bio-prospecting. Aside antibiotics maybe research can be done on anesthesia agents as a wasp sting is paralysing :)

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