Journal article

Antimicrobial peptides and their potential as oral therapeutic agents

Stuart G Dashper, Sze Wei Liu, Eric C Reynolds

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF PEPTIDE RESEARCH AND THERAPEUTICS | SPRINGER | Published : 2007

Abstract

Dental caries (tooth decay) and periodontal diseases are the most prevalent bacterial infectious diseases of mankind, together affecting almost the entire population of the world. Both diseases are caused by oral bacteria that exist as components of a polymicrobial biofilm, known as dental plaque, on the tooth surface. The control of specific types of bacteria and/or total numbers of bacteria in dental plaque could lead to prevention or resolution of disease. Antimicrobial peptides isolated from a wide range of natural sources have been known for over 30 years yet little progress had been made in the therapeutic application of these peptides. This is due in part to the characteristics, inclu..

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