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.