Melnick, Joseph L. Department of Virology and Epidemiology, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas.
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The treatment of viral disease by chemical drugs has been approached experimentally through the inhibition of intracellular metabolic processes that otherwise lead to the synthesis of viral constituents. Compounds have also been tested for their capacity to inhibit adsorption, penetration, or release of infectious virus from the host cell. In order to be considered for chemoprophylaxis, a compound must have a greater specificity for inhibiting virus-directed reactions than for normal host cell reactions. Although some success has been achieved, there are no inhibitors available that can be used in the routine treatment of viral infections in humans.
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