Some known antimicrobial compounds, such as nisin or other lantibiotics, which have highly surface active and bactericidal action, can be linked with a block polymer to form a long lasting antimicrobial surface coating. As for the block polymer, PLURONIC and end group activated polymers (EGAP) are used. Both of them can contact peptide and the substrate and form a strong hydrophobic bond with the material. They can form a flexible tether and entrap the antimicrobial compounds (peptide). The entrapped peptide provides longer lasting antimicrobial protection. This antimicrobial peptide containing block copolymers can also be used to prepare antimicrobial gels and foams.
Features & Benefits
Background of Invention
Advances in biomaterials engineering have led to numerous successful technologies in the medical field and have improved the quality of life for millions of people. However, there are still problems with blood coagulation, fibrosis, and infections associated with currently available materials. Most materials used in medical devices are susceptible to bacterial adhesion, which is very hard to remove once the bacteria forms a biofilm. Therefore, to reduce the chances of a medical device becoming infected, it is critical to prevent biofilm formation. In order to solve this issue, researchers at Oregon State University have developed an antimicrobial surface coating by linking a block polymer with a peptide. The resulting compound offers early antimicrobial action and long lasting antimicrobial protection.
This product has been tested in the laboratory and is ready for licensing