Journal of Microbiology

, Volume 55, Issue 1, pp 1–12 | Cite as

The therapeutic applications of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs): a patent review

  • Hee-Kyoung Kang
  • Cheolmin Kim
  • Chang Ho Seo
  • Yoonkyung Park


Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are small molecules with a broad spectrum of antibiotic activities against bacteria, yeasts, fungi, and viruses and cytotoxic activity on cancer cells, in addition to anti-inflammatory and immunomodulatory activities. Therefore, AMPs have garnered interest as novel therapeutic agents. Because of the rapid increase in drug-resistant pathogenic microorganisms, AMPs from synthetic and natural sources have been developed using alternative antimicrobial strategies. This article presents a broad analysis of patents referring to the therapeutic applications of AMPs since 2009. The review focuses on the universal trends in the effective design, mechanism, and biological evolution of AMPs.


antimicrobial peptide therapies drug candidate pathogenic bacteria 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hee-Kyoung Kang
    • 1
  • Cheolmin Kim
    • 2
  • Chang Ho Seo
    • 2
  • Yoonkyung Park
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Biomedical SciencesChosun UniversityGwangjuRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Department of BioinformaticsKongju National UniversityKongjuRepublic of Korea
  3. 3.Research Center for Proteinaceous MaterialsChosun UniversityGwangjuRepublic of Korea

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