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Title: Antimicrobials from venomous animals: an overview
Authors: Yacoub, Tania
Rima, Mohamad
Karam, Marc 
Sabatier, Jean Mark
Fajloun, Ziad
Affiliations: Department of Biology 
Keywords: Frog
Antimicrobial activity
Subjects: Snakes
Issue Date: 2020
Part of: Molecules journal
Volume: 25
Issue: 10
Start page: 1
End page: 9
The inappropriate or excessive use of antimicrobial agents caused an emerging public health problem due to the resulting resistance developed by microbes. Therefore, there is an urgent need to develop effective antimicrobial strategies relying on natural agents with different mechanisms of action. Nature has been known to offer many bioactive compounds, in the form of animal venoms, algae, and plant extracts that were used for decades in traditional medicine. Animal venoms and secretions have been deeply studied for their wealth in pharmaceutically promising molecules. As such, they were reported to exhibit many biological activities of interest, such as antibacterial, antiviral, anticancer, and anti-inflammatory activities. In this review, we summarize recent findings on the antimicrobial activities of crude animal venoms/secretions, and describe the peptides that are responsible of these activities.
DOI: 10.3390/molecules25102402
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Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Department of Biology

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