Zinc associated nanomaterials and their intervention in emerging respiratory viruses: Journey to the field of biomedicine and biomaterials

Citlaly Gutiérrez Rodelo, Rafael A. Salinas, Erika Armenta JaimeArmenta, Silvia Armenta, Andrés Galdámez-Martínez, Silvia E. Castillo-Blum, Horacio Astudillo-de la Vega, Andrews Nirmala Grace, Carlos A. Aguilar-Salinas, Juliana Gutiérrez Rodelo, Graham Christie, Walaa F. Alsanie, Guillermo Santana*, Vijay Kumar Thakur*, Ateet Dutt

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Respiratory viruses represent a severe public health risk worldwide, and the research contribution to tackle the current pandemic caused by the SARS-CoV-2 is one of the main targets among the scientific community. In this regard, experts from different fields have gathered to confront this catastrophic pandemic. This review illustrates how nanotechnology intervention could be valuable in solving this difficult situation, and the state of the art of Zn-based nanostructures are discussed in detail. For virus detection, learning from the experience of other respiratory viruses such as influenza, the potential use of Zn nanomaterials as suitable sensing platforms to recognize the S1 spike protein in SARS-CoV-2 are shown. Furthermore, a discussion about the antiviral mechanisms reported for ZnO nanostructures is included, which can help develop surface disinfectants and protective coatings. At the same time, the properties of Zn-based materials as supplements for reducing viral activity and the recovery of infected patients are illustrated. Within the scope of noble adjuvants to improve the immune response, the ZnO NPs properties as immunomodulators are explained, and potential prototypes of nanoengineered particles with metallic cations (like Zn2+) are suggested. Therefore, using Zn-associated nanomaterials from detection to disinfection, supplementation, and immunomodulation opens a wide area of opportunities to combat these emerging respiratory viruses. Finally, the attractive properties of these nanomaterials can be extrapolated to new clinical challenges.

Original languageEnglish
Article number214402
JournalCoordination Chemistry Reviews
Early online date25 Jan 2022
Publication statusPrint publication - 15 Apr 2022

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  • Biosensors
  • COVID-19
  • Detection and diagnosis
  • Nanomaterials
  • Prophylaxis
  • Respiratory viruses
  • Zn


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