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Biosurfactants: potential applications in medicine

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Rodrigues, L, Banat, Ibrahim, Teixeira, J and Oliveira, R (2006) Biosurfactants: potential applications in medicine. JOURNAL OF ANTIMICROBIAL CHEMOTHERAPY, 57 (4). pp. 609-618. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1093/jac/dkl024

Abstract

The use and potential commercial application of biosurfactants in the medical field has increased during the past decade. Their antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral activities make them relevant molecules for applications in combating many diseases and as therapeutic agents. In addition, their role as anti-adhesive agents against several pathogens indicates their utility as suitable anti-adhesive coating agents for medical insertional materials leading to a reduction in a large number of hospital infections without the use of synthetic drugs and chemicals. This review looks at medicinal and therapeutic perspectives on biosurfactant applications.

Item Type:Journal article
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Biomedical Sciences
Research Institutes and Groups:Biomedical Sciences Research Institute
Biomedical Sciences Research Institute > Pharmaceutical Science and Practice
ID Code:4130
Deposited By:Professor Ibrahim Banat
Deposited On:08 Jan 2010 15:22
Last Modified:16 May 2012 11:36

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