Journal Article

Biosurfactants: potential applications in medicine

Lígia Rodrigues, Ibrahim M. Banat, José Teixeira and Rosário Oliveira

in Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Published on behalf of British Society for Antimicrobial Chemotherapy

Volume 57, issue 4, pages 609-618
Published in print April 2006 | ISSN: 0305-7453
Published online February 2006 | e-ISSN: 1460-2091 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jac/dkl024
Biosurfactants: potential applications in medicine

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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.

Keywords: antimicrobial activities; antiviral activities; anti-adhesive coatings; therapeutic agents; anti-carcinogenic agents

Journal Article.  7984 words. 

Subjects: Medical Oncology ; Critical Care

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