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Sweet fullerenes vanquish viruses

Fullerene-based dendritic structures coated with 120 sugars can be made in high yields in a relatively short sequence of reactions. The mannosylated compound is shown to inhibit Ebola infection in cells more efficiently than monofullerene-based glycoclusters.

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Figure 1: The synthesis of sugar-coated superballs.


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Vidal, S. Sweet fullerenes vanquish viruses. Nature Chem 8, 4–6 (2016).

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