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Defensin (Human Neutrophil Peptide) (HNP) Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy Defensin (aka human neutrophil peptide or HNP) is a family of potent antibodies made within the body by neutrophils (a type of white blood cell) and macrophages (cells that can engulf foreign particles). The defensins play important roles against invading microbes. They act against bacteria, fungi and viruses by binding to their membranes and increasing membrane permeability. On a chemical level defensins are small peptides rich in the amino acid cysteine. The human defensins are classified into the alpha-defensins and beta-defensins on the basis of their amino acid sequence and their cystine residues.

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