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Abstract— The photodynamic inactivation of HSV-1, a virus having a membranous envelope, with both a decaalkyl sapphyrin and its dicarboxy-substituted analog was studied. The decaalkyl sapphyrin was as efficient in the inactivation of HSV-1 on a per macrocycle basis as DHE, whereas the efficiency of the dicarboxy-substituted sapphyrin was approximately two orders of magnitude less. Fluorescence studies of sapphyrin's binding to liposomes and VSV suggested that the decaalkylsapphyrin bound monomerically to cholesterol-rich regions of the viral envelope, whereas its charged analog localized in a more polar environment.