This book focuses on the importance of human antimicrobial peptides amp in keeping the host healthy and preventing infectious diseases the first chapters deal with several examples of the role of amp in different epithelial organs skin and wound healing eye lung genito urinary tract gut which are exposed to different kinds of infectious microorganisms and as a result produce . Antimicrobial peptides role in human health and disease birkhuser advances in infectious diseases 1st ed 2016 edition by jrgen harder editor jens m schrder editor. Antimicrobial peptides role in human disease and potential as immunotherapies these small peptides play important roles in a range of human diseases from infectious diseases to cancer therefore precise regulation of amp production represents a promising approach to treat such diseases k yamasaki rl galloantimicrobial peptides . In the last few years the great impact of antimicrobial peptides on infectious disease susceptibility and natural resistance has been reported in some cases susceptibility to diseases is related to antimicrobial peptide polymorphisms and gene copy numbers but for the vast majority of infectious diseases these phenomena need to be elucidated
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