HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS (HSV) PRODUCES HIGHLY COMMUNICABLE, RECURRING INFECTIONS AFFLICTING SOME 20 MILLION AMERICANS WITH APPROXIMATELY 400,000 NEW CASES ANNUALLY.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 513
Amount: $50,309.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1983
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
Neushul Mariculture Inc.
5755 Thornwood Drive, Goleta, CA, 93117
DUNS: N/A
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 RAYMOND J. LEWIS
 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
 (805) 964-5844
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Abstract
HERPES SIMPLEX VIRUS (HSV) PRODUCES HIGHLY COMMUNICABLE, RECURRING INFECTIONS AFFLICTING SOME 20 MILLION AMERICANS WITH APPROXIMATELY 400,000 NEW CASES ANNUALLY. THERE IS AS YET NO KNOWN CURE. TE MICROBIOLOGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES PROGRAM OF THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF ALLERGY AND INFECTIOUS DISEASES HAS IDENTIFIED THE DEVELOPMENT OF ANTIVIRAL DRUGS DIRECTED AT HERPES VIRUS AS A SPECIFIC RESEARCH AREA DESERVING SUPPORT. POLYSACCHARIDES OF RED ALGAE OF THE FAMILY OF DUMONTIACEAE HAVE BEEN SHOWN TO EXHIBIT SPECIFIC ACTIVITY AGAINST HSV IN "IN VITRO" CELL CULTURES. PRELIMINARY EVIDENCE OF "IN VIVO" ACTIVITY HAS ALSO BEEN PRESENTED. THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED RESEARCH IS TO FURTHER INVESTIGATE THE CHEMICAL STRUCTURE AND MECHANISM OF ACTIVITY OF THESE COMPOUNDS WITH A VIEW TO THEIR EVENTUALTHERAPEUTIC APPLICATION. IN THE PROPOSED PHASE I EFFORT, RED ALGAE WOULD BE COLLECTED AND THEIR ECOLOGICAL DISTRIBUTION AND ABUNDANCE NOTED. SPECIMENS OF SELECTED ALGAE WILL BE HELD ON FARM STRUCTURES IN THE SEA TO DETERMINE AMENABILITY FOR CULTIVATION. MEMBERS OF THE DUMONTIACEAE AND OTHER FAMILIES THAT HAVE NOT BEEN TESTED PREVIOUSLY WILL BE SOUGHT FOR TESTING. EMPHASIS WILL BE PLACED ON OBTAINING REPRESENTATIVES OF MAJOR TAXONOMIC GROUPS THAT HAVE NOT BEEN TESTED. ANTI-HSV ACTIVITY WILL BE ASSESSED BY CHALLENGING MAMMALIAN CELL CULTURES WITH HSV TYPES 1 AND 2 WITH AND WITHOUT ALGAL EXTRACTS. RED ALGAE COLLECTED IN THIS STUDY WOULD ULTIMATELY BE SUPPLIED TO A PHARMACEUTICAL RESEARCH LABORATORY FOR FURTHER STUDY AND "IN VIVO" TESTING.

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