Science on Saturday: Natural Products as Antivirals (Sandra Daise Adams)

Feb 3, 2024, 9:30 am11:00 am
General Public


Sandra Daise Adams
Montclair State


Event Description

Plant extracts have potential to serve as antivirals to reduce the infection of some viruses. Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a green tea polyphenol, possesses antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-cancer and antiviral properties. The chemical modification of EGCG to palmitate-EGCG and EGCG-stearate increased its lipid solubility and stability. Black tea extracts, rich in theaflavin polyphenols, have been shown to have antioxidant, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and antiviral activities. Tea polyphenols have demonstrated antiviral properties against several viruses, including Herpes simplex virus I and II. Curcumin, the primary bioactive compound in turmeric, also demonstrated antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor and antiviral properties. Herpes simplex virus infections are considered significant health concerns in the United States and worldwide. Green and black tea extracts and curcumin were found to block the early stages of the herpes simplex virus infection cycle.  

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