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A Review of the Antiviral Role of Green Tea Catechins

College of Life Sciences, Henan Agricultural University, 95 Wenhua Road, Zhengzhou 450002, China
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Molecules 2017, 22(8), 1337; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules22081337
Received: 18 July 2017 / Revised: 7 August 2017 / Accepted: 10 August 2017 / Published: 12 August 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Natural Products and Chronic Diseases)
Over the centuries, infectious diseases caused by viruses have seriously threatened human health globally. Viruses are responsible not only for acute infections but also many chronic infectious diseases. To prevent diseases caused by viruses, the discovery of effective antiviral drugs, in addition to vaccine development, is important. Green tea catechins (GTCs) are polyphenolic compounds from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. In recent decades, GTCs have been reported to provide various health benefits against numerous diseases. Studies have shown that GTCs, especially epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), have antiviral effects against diverse viruses. The aim of this review is to summarize the developments regarding the antiviral activities of GTCs, to discuss the mechanisms underlying these effects and to offer suggestions for future research directions and perspectives on the antiviral effects of EGCG. View Full-Text
Keywords: green tea catechins; chronic infectious diseases; antiviral activity; mechanism green tea catechins; chronic infectious diseases; antiviral activity; mechanism
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Xu, J.; Xu, Z.; Zheng, W. A Review of the Antiviral Role of Green Tea Catechins. Molecules 2017, 22, 1337. https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules22081337

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