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dc.contributor.advisorBoyd, Ann
dc.contributor.advisorJones, Georgette
dc.contributor.advisorHirschhorn, Ricky
dc.contributor.authorArthur, Kaitlyn
dc.contributor.departmentGraduate Schoolen_US
dc.contributor.programBiomedical Scienceen_US
dc.descriptionCurrent antiherpetic treatment methods are not sufficient and many populations are being heavily impacted, including those who are immune compromised, those with many sexual partners, victims of sexual abuse, and pregnant women. Without treatment, neonates are at an increased risk of suffering harmful side effects, including death. Implantable drug delivery devices provide a way to deliver a more effective drug dosage, and can potentially be given long-term to prevent reactivation of the virus. This could lead to a decrease in the spread of the virus, a decreased risk of contracting other infections, and overall better patient compliance and patient satisfaction.en_US
dc.description.abstractHerpes simplex virus (HSV) type-1 and -2 infections are a global epidemic, with 90% of the population worldwide being infected and developing countries suffering a near 100% infection rate. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) acquisition is three times more likely if an HSV-2 infection is already established. While there are current treatments for HSV, a life-long infection, there is much improvement to be made using more efficient treatments. Rod-shaped implants would be created in varying ratios of drug:polymer (polycaprolactone) for three antiherpetics: acyclovir, valacyclovir, and famciclovir. These implants would be used in an in vitro drug release study to determine the most effective ratio. A long-term drug treatment experiment, using these implants, would determine if/when drug resistant viral strains develop and to evaluate cell toxicity. The caspase and MTT assay are cell viability assays that will be used for the evaluation of cell toxicity. If drug resistant strains develop, they will be selected to be sequenced and repeated experimentally to compare to the initial strain used.en_US
dc.format.extent50 pagesen_US
dc.genreMock Grant Proposalen_US
dc.relation.isAvailableAtHood College
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial 3.0 United States*
dc.subjectdrug resistanceen_US
dc.titleThe Effects of Long-Term Antiherpetic Treatment in Herpes Simplex Virus-1 & -2 Through Drug Resistance and Cell Toxicityen_US

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