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An antimicrobial peptide belonging to the cecropin family was isolated from the hemolymph of bacteriachallenged adult Aedes aegypti. This new peptide, named cecropin A, was purified to homogeneity and fully characterized after cDNA cloning. The 34-residue A. aegypti cecropin A is different from the majority of reported insect cecropins in that it is devoid of a tryptophan residue and C-terminal amidation. The importance of these two structural features on the activity spectrum was investigateddoi:10.1074/jbc.274.29.20092 pmid:10400619 fatcat:jvuj6gkpongyfdmxq74voyetxm