|Purple and green microscopic imaging shows how particles coated in Dendripeps separate when shear increases. Photo by NCSU|
“These dendrimer coatings maintain the water content inside a virus while acting as a proton sponge, shielding the virus from salt or pH changes,” Menegatti said. “It’s a soft yet impermeable barrier. It maintains a nice environment for the virus.”
“Shear is often a forgotten stimulus,” Menegatti said. “With this invention, we wanted to fill that gap, and Dendripeps offered an amazing opportunity to do so.”
“DendiPeps could be the missing link in material sciences to make therapeutic viruses the center of the next-generation antimicrobials and drugs,” Menegatti said.
These viruses do not affect human cells and in fact, they have proved to be a promising future in the fight against antimicrobial resistance.
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