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Budgett’s Frog

Why is it in the news?

  • Researchers at the Indian Institute of Science discovered peptides in the skin secretions of Budgett’s frog with potential anti-pathogenic properties.

More about the news

  • LL-TIL, a peptide identified in the frog’s skin, was the focus of the study. This peptide demonstrated the ability to counteract enzymes produced by pathogens responsible for causing diseases.
  • LL-TIL was found effective in inhibiting two key enzymes, subtilisin carlsberg and proteinase K, produced by pathogens.
  • These enzymes play a crucial role in promoting infections by breaking down specific protective proteins in the host.

Budgett’s Frog (Lepidobatrachus laevis)

  • Native to South America, Budgett’s frog is scientifically known as Lepidobatrachus laevis.
  • Renowned for unique vocalizations, including grunts and growls.

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