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Science ; 373(6554): 541-547, 2021 07 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34326236


Repurposing drugs as treatments for COVID-19, the disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has drawn much attention. Beginning with sigma receptor ligands and expanding to other drugs from screening in the field, we became concerned that phospholipidosis was a shared mechanism underlying the antiviral activity of many repurposed drugs. For all of the 23 cationic amphiphilic drugs we tested, including hydroxychloroquine, azithromycin, amiodarone, and four others already in clinical trials, phospholipidosis was monotonically correlated with antiviral efficacy. Conversely, drugs active against the same targets that did not induce phospholipidosis were not antiviral. Phospholipidosis depends on the physicochemical properties of drugs and does not reflect specific target-based activities-rather, it may be considered a toxic confound in early drug discovery. Early detection of phospholipidosis could eliminate these artifacts, enabling a focus on molecules with therapeutic potential.

Antivirais/farmacologia , COVID-19/tratamento farmacológico , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Lipidoses/induzido quimicamente , Fosfolipídeos/metabolismo , SARS-CoV-2/efeitos dos fármacos , Células A549 , Animais , Antivirais/química , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Antivirais/toxicidade , COVID-19/virologia , Cátions , Chlorocebus aethiops , Relação Dose-Resposta a Droga , Feminino , Humanos , Camundongos , Testes de Sensibilidade Microbiana , SARS-CoV-2/fisiologia , Tensoativos/química , Tensoativos/farmacologia , Tensoativos/toxicidade , Células Vero , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
J Med Chem ; 64(15): 10951-10966, 2021 08 12.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-34260245


Influenza viruses cause approximately half a million deaths every year worldwide. Vaccines are available but partially effective, and the number of antiviral medications is limited. Thus, it is crucial to develop therapeutic strategies to counteract this major pathogen. Influenza viruses enter the host cell via their hemagglutinin (HA) proteins. The HA subtypes of influenza A virus are phylogenetically classified into groups 1 and 2. Here, we identified an inhibitor of the HA protein, a tertiary aryl sulfonamide, that prevents influenza virus entry and replication. This compound shows potent antiviral activity against diverse H1N1, H5N1, and H3N2 influenza viruses encoding HA proteins from both groups 1 and 2. Synthesis of derivatives of this aryl sulfonamide identified moieties important for antiviral activity. This compound may be considered as a lead for drug development with the intent to be used alone or in combination with other influenza A virus antivirals to enhance pan-subtype efficacy.

Antivirais/farmacologia , Glicoproteínas de Hemaglutininação de Vírus da Influenza/metabolismo , Vírus da Influenza A/efeitos dos fármacos , Sulfonamidas/farmacologia , Antivirais/síntese química , Antivirais/química , Relação Dose-Resposta a Droga , Estrutura Molecular , Relação Estrutura-Atividade , Sulfonamidas/síntese química , Sulfonamidas/química , Internalização do Vírus/efeitos dos fármacos , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos