Through peptide synthesis, there is a variety of custom peptides which now have a wide range of applications, especially in the medical research field. There are hundreds, if not thousands of studies involving peptides that are currently ongoing to determine the effectiveness of the substances in various applications and also to discover new uses for them.
Below is a brief look at some of the current uses of peptide synthesis in Canada-:
The persistence of antibiotic-resistant microbes has always been a great challenge in the treatment of a wide variety of diseases. Through custom peptide synthesis, there are new antimicrobial drugs being formulated to deal with and reduce the effects of the antibiotic-resistant microbes.
Bioactive Milk Peptides
In addition to its nutritional benefits, milk is also a great source of therapeutic proteins, which includes a wide variety of peptides that performs various functions in the body, including antiviral, antimicrobial, antioxidants and immunostimulants.
Venom peptides vary in complexity and in length. In order to synthesis them, there has to be a combination of chemical peptide synthesis and recombinant processes. For most animal venoms, the predominant component present is usually bioactive peptides.
Self-assembling peptides are short and characterized by an amphipathic sequence. They can spontaneously assemble in any aqueous solution to form organized structures like those normally seen in substances such as hydrogels.
Cancer immunotherapy peptides
During the process of cancer immunotherapy, the human body systems are used in fighting the cancerous cells. Through custom peptide synthesis, peptide-based vaccines are being developed and studied to be used in the fight against the cancerous cells. The peptide based vaccines make use of antigens associated with the tumors of the T-cells. There is still a lot of research in this sector, but the results obtained so far are very promising, giving great hopes to major breakthrough in cancer therapies.