The potential for immunoglobulins and host defense peptides (HDPs) to reduce the use of antibiotics in animal production

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Innate defense mechanisms are aimed at quickly containing and removing infectious microorganisms and involve local stromal and immune cell activation, neutrophil recruitment and activation and the induction of host defense peptides (defensins and cathelicidins), acute phase proteins and complement activation. As an alternative to antibiotics, innate immune mechanisms are highly relevant as they offer rapid general ways to, at least partially, protect against infections and enable the build-up of a sufficient adaptive immune response. This review describes two classes of promising alternatives to antibiotics based on components of the innate host defense. First we describe immunoglobulins applied to mimic the way in which they work in the newborn as locally acting broadly active defense molecules enforcing innate immunity barriers. Secondly, the potential of host defense peptides with different modes of action, used directly, induced in situ or used as vaccine adjuvants is described.
Original languageEnglish
Article number68
JournalVeterinary Research
Volume49
Number of pages15
ISSN0928-4249
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StatePublished - 2018

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  • VETERINARY, INTESTINAL EPITHELIAL-CELLS, HUMAN DENDRITIC CELLS, BETA-DEFENSIN, HUMAN CATHELICIDIN, ESCHERICHIA-COLI, IMMUNE-RESPONSES, ANTIMICROBIAL ACTIVITY, INFECTIOUS-DISEASES, HUMAN BETA-DEFENSIN-2, BACTERIAL-INFECTIONS
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