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Eur Rev Med Pharmacol Sci ; 25(23): 7565-7584, 2021 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34919258


OBJECTIVE: With the recent direction in drug repurposing, many approved drugs have been evaluated to assess their effect on the coronavirus or SARS-CoV-2 infection (COVID-19). Driving this path, chloroquine (CQ) has been used in the treatment of malaria and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in immunomodulatory and anti-thrombotic action, playing a leading role in initial management of the viral infection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Literature search was done using Google Scholar, PubMed and Scopus database using keywords "chloroquine" "SARS-CoV-2" "COVID-19" "mechanism of action" and articles of interest were selected providing evidence of the possible role of CQ in viral infection. RESULTS: In a bid to understand how and if CQ and HCQ would exert their anti-viral property, mechanistic exegesis was done to review various proposed mechanisms of action. This revealed the inhibition of viral attachment and entry, inhibition of enveloped glycoprotein, inhibition of the development and proliferation of new viral particles as the way they perform their action. There is an interplay between iron metabolism and homeostasis with COVID-19 infection and viral reproduction. CONCLUSIONS: This study aims to show the functional role of CQ and HCQ, as well as to provide possible mechanistic insight on the role of iron on viral infection, iron starvation and its downstream cellular pathways involving hepcidin and proinflammatory cytokines. The overall aim of providing possible mode of action of CQ and HCQ in the management of COVID-19 infection is exhibited via its anti-viral, anti-inflammatory and anti-thrombotic activities.

COVID-19/tratamento farmacológico , Cloroquina/farmacologia , Hidroxicloroquina/farmacologia , Ferro/metabolismo , COVID-19/metabolismo , Cloroquina/uso terapêutico , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Homeostase , Humanos , Hidroxicloroquina/uso terapêutico , SARS-CoV-2/efeitos dos fármacos , SARS-CoV-2/fisiologia , Ligação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
Braz J Biol ; 83: e246980, 2021.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34468522


The study was aimed to evaluate the therapeutic effects of Zizyphus oxyphyla leaves methanolic (ZOX-LME), on serum liver, kidney and hematology along with other serum parameters in Carbon tetrachloride (CCl4) intoxicated rabbits. Experimental animals were divided into five groups, six rabbits in each. These were: group NC (normal control), group, TC (toxic control) and group ST i.e. silymarine administered group at dose rate (50) mg/kg body weight (BW). Group ET1 and group ET2 treated with (ZOX-LME) at dose 200 mg/kg BW and 400 mg/kg BW. CCl4 administration caused significant (P> 0.05) impairment in serum liver enzymes, blood factors and other serum indices. Treatment with (ZOX-LME) significantly (P<0.05) reduced and normalized the levels of serum alanine transaminase (ALT) aspartate transaminase (AST) and alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and hematological indices. Also significant (P< 0.05) reduction was observed in creatinine, urea, uric acid, blood urea nitrogen (BUN), and albumin and glucose concentrations. The altered levels of lipid profile and serum electrolytes (Ca, Mg, Cl, Na, K, and P) were significantly (P<0.05) change toward normal levels with (ZOX-LME) feeding. In addition (ZOX-LME) ingestion caused significant improvement in GSH, GST and CAT levels, while reducing the TBARS levels, exhibited antioxidant capacity. Also (ZOX-LME) showed increase inhibition against percent scavenging of 2, 2-diphenile-1-picrylehydrazyle (DPPH) free radical. Significant (P<0.05) normalizing effects were observed with high dose 400 mg/kg BW of (ZOX-LME and were equivalent to silymarine administered groups. The histological study of liver supported the hepatoprotective and renal curative activity of (ZOX-LME).

Doença Hepática Induzida por Substâncias e Drogas , Ziziphus , Animais , Antioxidantes , Biomarcadores , Rim , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Coelhos