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Polymers in the Medical Antiviral Front-Line

The Department of Polymer Materials Engineering, Pernick Faculty of Engineering, Shenkar College of Engineering and Design, Raman-Gan 52562, Israel
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Polymers 2020, 12(8), 1727; https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12081727
Received: 23 June 2020 / Revised: 26 July 2020 / Accepted: 29 July 2020 / Published: 31 July 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Hybrid Adhesive and Coatings for Medical Applications)
Antiviral polymers are part of a major campaign led by the scientific community in recent years. Facing this most demanding of campaigns, two main approaches have been undertaken by scientists. First, the classic approach involves the development of relatively small molecules having antiviral properties to serve as drugs. The other approach involves searching for polymers with antiviral properties to be used as prescription medications or viral spread prevention measures. This second approach took two distinct directions. The first, using polymers as antiviral drug-delivery systems, taking advantage of their biodegradable properties. The second, using polymers with antiviral properties for on-contact virus elimination, which will be the focus of this review. Anti-viral polymers are obtained by either the addition of small antiviral molecules (such as metal ions) to obtain ion-containing polymers with antiviral properties or the use of polymers composed of an organic backbone and electrically charged moieties like polyanions, such as carboxylate containing polymers, or polycations such as quaternary ammonium containing polymers. Other approaches include moieties hybridized by sulphates, carboxylic acids, or amines and/or combining repeating units with a similar chemical structure to common antiviral drugs. Furthermore, elevated temperatures appear to increase the anti-viral effect of ions and other functional moieties. View Full-Text
Keywords: antiviral polymers; drug-delivery polymers; antiviral coating; metal-containing polymers; ionomers antiviral polymers; drug-delivery polymers; antiviral coating; metal-containing polymers; ionomers
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Jarach, N.; Dodiuk, H.; Kenig, S. Polymers in the Medical Antiviral Front-Line. Polymers 2020, 12, 1727. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12081727

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Jarach N, Dodiuk H, Kenig S. Polymers in the Medical Antiviral Front-Line. Polymers. 2020; 12(8):1727. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12081727

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Jarach, Natanel, Hanna Dodiuk, and Samuel Kenig. 2020. "Polymers in the Medical Antiviral Front-Line" Polymers 12, no. 8: 1727. https://doi.org/10.3390/polym12081727

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