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Keyword - Amphibian defense peptide (KW-0878)

Definition

Protein specifically found in the skin of animals belonging to the vertebrate class amphibia, that includes frogs, toads, newts, salamanders and worm-like apoda. The skins of anuran amphibians, in addition to mucous glands, contain highly specialized poison glands, which, in reaction to stress or attack, exude a complex noxious species-specific cocktail of biologically active molecules. These secretions often contain a plethora of peptides such as neuropeptides and hormones. The frog dermatous glands also synthesize and store an extraordinarily rich variety of wide-spectrum antimicrobial peptides that are released onto the outer layer of the skin to provide an effective and fast-acting defense against harmful microorganisms.

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Molecular function

Gene Ontology

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GOi

defense response [ GO:0006952 ]

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Molecular functionAmphibian defense peptide
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