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Bacteria repelling poly(methylmethacrylate-co-dimethylacrylamide) coatings for biomedical devices

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Nosocomial infections due to bacteria have serious implications on the health and recovery of patients in a variety of medical scenarios. Since bacterial contamination on medical devices contributes to the majority of nosocomical infections, there is a need for redesigning the surfaces of medical devices, such as catheters and tracheal tubes, to resist the binding of bacteria. In this work, polyurethanes and polyacrylates/acrylamides, which resist binding by the major bacterial pathogens underpinning implant-associated infections, were identified using high-throughput polymer microarrays. Subsequently, two ‘hit’ polymers, PA13 (poly(methylmethacrylate-co-dimethylacrylamide)) and PA515 (poly(methoxyethylmethacrylate-co-diethylaminoethylacrylate-co-methylmethacrylate)), were used to coat catheters and substantially shown to decrease binding of a variety of bacteria (including isolates from infected endotracheal tubes and heart valves from intensive care unit patients). Catheters coated with polymer PA13 showed up to 96% reduction in bacteria binding in comparison to uncoated catheters.

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The article was received on 10 Jul 2014, accepted on 19 Aug 2014 and first published on 02 Sep 2014


Article type: Paper
DOI: 10.1039/C4TB01129E
Citation: J. Mater. Chem. B, 2014,2, 6723-6729
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    Bacteria repelling poly(methylmethacrylate-co-dimethylacrylamide) coatings for biomedical devices

    S. Venkateswaran, M. Wu, P. J. Gwynne, A. Hardman, A. Lilienkampf, S. Pernagallo, G. Blakely, D. G. Swann, M. P. Gallagher and M. Bradley, J. Mater. Chem. B, 2014, 2, 6723
    DOI: 10.1039/C4TB01129E

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