Mouse beta defensin-1 is a functional homolog of human beta defensin-1

Mouse beta defensin-1 is a functional homolog of human beta defensin-1 Defensin are 3–4 kDa antimicrobial peptides of which three distinct families have been identified; α-defensin, β-defensins, and insect defensins. Recent investigations have shown that β-defensins are present in the human airways and may be relevant to the pathogenesis of cystic fibrosis (CF) lung disease. We report here the further characterization of a recently identified mouse β-defensin gene, Defb1, sometimes referred to as mBD-1, which is homologous to the human airway beta defensin hBD-1. We report that Defb1 is expressed in a variety of tissues including the airways and, similar to hBD-1, is not upregulated by lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Defb1 was found to consist of two small exons separated by a 16-kb intron and cytogenetic, and physical mapping linked it to the alpha defensin gene cluster on mouse Chromosome (Chr) 8. Functional studies demonstrate that, like hBD-1, Defb1 demonstrates a salt-sensitive antimicrobial activity against Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Of relevance to CF lung disease is the fact that neither the hBD-1 nor the mBD-1 peptides are active against Burkholderia cepacia. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mammalian Genome Springer Journals

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Publisher
Springer-Verlag
Copyright
Copyright © 1998 by Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Subject
Life Sciences; Cell Biology; Animal Genetics and Genomics; Human Genetics
ISSN
0938-8990
eISSN
1432-1777
D.O.I.
10.1007/s003359900795
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