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Antimicrobial Peptides

Shymaa Enany

Suez Canal University

Dr. Shymaa Enany was the first Arab scientist to apply bacterial proteomic techniques helping in revealing good markers for microbes spreading in the community. For her scientific contributions, she received many awards including the State Encouragement Prize for women in the field of health and pharmaceutical sciences, 2019 and The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Young Arab Scientist Prize 2018 for Scientific Achievement in Medical Sciences.


Jorge Masso-Silva

VA San Diego Healthcare System

Anna Savitskaya

Institute of Bioorganic Chemistry


Antimicrobial Peptide AMP Synthesis Mechanism of Action Amino Acid Precursor Cleavage Target Inhibition Antimicrobial Activity Defense Molecule Microorganism

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Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are found in single-cell and multiple-cells organisms such as bacteria, fungi, algae, insects, scorpions, frogs, and mammals. AMPs are peptides with a varying number (12-50 of amino acids residues) and they belong to the first line defense molecules of multicellular organisms. They have a broad-spectrum antimicrobial activity including bacteria, fungi, and viruses. More than 3000 AMPs have been discovered since the first discovery and isolation. AMPs are mostly synthesized as a precursor containing signal sequences that determine their localization in the cell. Next, the precursor molecules go through cleavage and formation of biologically active peptide. Target and mechanism of action of AMPs can be differing and depend on microorganism against which action is directed; by inhibiting proteins, by disrupting membrane integrity, by inhibiting DNA and RNA synthesis, or by interacting with intracellular targets.

This book will thus aim to include information on AMPs and their targets and mechanisms of action.

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Date completed: March 19th 2021

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Shymaa Enany

Suez Canal University

Dr. Shymaa Enany is an associate professor of Microbiology at Suez Canal University, Egypt. She received her PhD from School of Medical Sciences, Niigata University, Japan, and spent her postdoc in USA and Japan. She was the first Arab scientist applying bacterial proteomic techniques helping in revealing good markers for microbes spreading in community. She received many awards for her scientific contributions. Recently, she awarded the most prestigious award in Egypt: the state encouragement prize for women in the field of health and pharmaceutical sciences, 2019. Also, she was awarded The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) Young Arab Scientist Prize 2018 for Scientific Achievement in Medical Sciences. She was selected as a member of Egyptian Young Academy of Science, an evaluator on Academy of Scientific Research and Technology, a reviewer in International Exhibition of Innovation, and an affiliate of The World Academy of Sciences. Dr. Shymaa is also a part of the scientific committee of World Forum for Women in Science, a selected young leader in STS and WSF, a member in the global Open Science Group, and a collaborator in Global Burden of Disease. On Microbiology National Committee, she is working for achieving sustainable development goals for a better future. She was appointed an Egyptian ambassador in Next Einstein Forum (NEF), which showcases the global contribution and potential of scientists from Africa, enabling Africa to get onto the global scientific stage, and she is a selected member in COVID-19 Diagnostics group in Africa, as well as the co-chair of the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition platform (Immunology, Virology and Diagnostics Working Group) in low- and middle-income countries. Latterly, she is selected as an African science leadership program fellow.

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