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Type: Artigo de periódico
Title: Sialic acids - From the comprehension of their involvement in biological processes to antiinfluenza drug design
Author: de Fatima, A
Baptistella, LCB
Pilli, RA
Modolo, LV
Abstract: Sialic acids are nine-carbon carbohydrates that occur widely in nature and occupy the terminal portions of some glycoproteins and glycolipids of cell membranes. These carbohydrates are closely involved in cell-cell interactions and in processes such as microbial infection, inflammation, etc. Studies on the participation of sialic acids in biological processes have provided comprehension about their role in the infection by the influenza virus, the causal agent of flu. In this article, we present an overview of the importance of sialic acids in the influenza virus infection and how the knowledge of their involvement in this process has allowed the development of selective and efficient drugs against the virus.
Subject: sialic acid
flu and antiinfluenza drugs
Country: Brasil
Editor: Soc Brasileira Quimica
Citation: Quimica Nova. Soc Brasileira Quimica, v. 28, n. 2, n. 306, n. 316, 2005.
Rights: aberto
Date Issue: 2005
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