Natural antimicrobial peptides as a source of new antiviral agents

Hovakim Zakaryan, Garri Chilingaryan, Erik Arabyan, Andre Serobian, Guangshun Wang

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Current antiviral drugs are limited because of their adverse side effects and increased rate of resistance. In recent decades, much scientific effort has been invested in the discovery of new synthetic and natural compounds with promising antiviral properties. Among this new generation of compounds, antimicrobial peptides with antiviral activity have been described and are attracting attention due to their mechanism of action and biological properties. To understand the potential of antiviral peptides (AVPs), we analyse the antiviral activity of well-known AVP families isolated from different natural sources, discuss their physical-chemical properties, and demonstrate how AVP databases can guide us to design synthetic AVPs with better therapeutic properties. All considerations in this sphere of antiviral therapy clearly demonstrate the remarkable contribution that AVPs may make in conquering old as well as newly emerging viruses that plague humanity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of General Virology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2021


  • Antiviral
  • Design
  • Library
  • Peptide
  • Virus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology


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