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The coordinated response of the physical and antimicrobial peptide barriers of the skin.

J Invest Dermatol. 2011 Feb;131(2):285-7

Authors: Borkowski AW, Gallo RL

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.

PMID: 21228809 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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