depsipeptidemedical dictionary

<biochemistry> Polypeptides that contain ester bonds as well as peptides. Naturally occurring depsipeptides are usually cyclic, they are common metabolic products of microorganisms and often have potent antibiotic activity (examples are actinomycin, enniatins, valinomycin).

This entry appears with permission from the Dictionary of Cell and Molecular Biology

(11 Mar 2008)