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J Environ Pathol Toxicol Oncol ; 39(3): 213-224, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32865913

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Asthma is a chronic, serious allergic inflammatory disease in the airway. The inflammation in the airway is induced by the allergic T-helper 2 cells (Th2 cells), which leads to unfettered production of inflammatory cytokines. The accretion of inflammatory cells in the airway also speeds up the secretion of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and suppresses antioxidative processes. Hence, the present work aimed to study the antiasthmatic efficacy of betulin and its effect in suppressing the inflammatory markers of ovalbumin (OVA) challenged asthmatic mice. The observed results revealed that the levels of inflammatory cells including neutrophils, eosinophils, lymphocytes, and macrophages were effectively decreased by betulin treatment; furthermore, the inflammatory markers IL-4, IL-5, IL-13, and TNF-α levels were notably suppressed by betulin administration in OVA-challenged asthmatic mice. Similarly, the oral administration of betulin showed a reduction in IgE level and elevation in the IFN-γ level in bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF). The elevated levels of antioxidant enzymes like catalase (CAT), glutathione (GSH), and superoxide dismutase (SOD) were observed in betulin treated mice. Furthermore, reduced levels of reactive oxygen species like NO2, NO3, and MDA were noted in the betulin treated group. Consistently, airway hyperreactivity (AHR) was depleted in the betulin administered group compared with the OVA-challenged asthmatic group. Betulin treatment was revealed to have noteworthy antiasthmatic effects mediated by the suppression of production of inflammatory cells and the expression of other inflammatory markers. Furthermore, the elevation in the level of antioxidant markers helped to disclose the original regulatory mode of betulin on asthma treatment.


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Antiasmáticos/uso terapêutico , Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Asma/tratamento farmacológico , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Triterpenos/uso terapêutico , Animais , Antiasmáticos/administração & dosagem , Anti-Inflamatórios/administração & dosagem , Asma/imunologia , Asma/metabolismo , Biomarcadores/análise , Líquido da Lavagem Broncoalveolar/química , Líquido da Lavagem Broncoalveolar/citologia , Líquido da Lavagem Broncoalveolar/imunologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Eosinófilos/citologia , Feminino , Imunoglobulina E/sangue , Pulmão/efeitos dos fármacos , Pulmão/patologia , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Ovalbumina/imunologia , Estresse Oxidativo/imunologia , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Testes de Função Respiratória , Triterpenos/administração & dosagem
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J Environ Pathol Toxicol Oncol ; 39(3): 225-234, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32865914

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Asthma is marked by chronic irritation in the airway lumen of the lungs due to the accretion of inflammatory cells that influence the regular inhalation process. An extended buildup of inflammation leads to oxidative pressure and the repression of antioxidant functions. In the current study, a potential compound, boldine, was tested for the containment of provocative markers along the path of antiasthmatic activity in an ovalbumin (OVA)-induced asthmatic mice model. As an effect, the boldine (10 and 20 mg/kg) treatment suppressed inflammatory cells such as eosinophil, macrophage, neutrophil, lymphocyte, and other inflammatory markers in the bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) of OVA-induced mice. Likewise, immunoglobulin E (IgE) levels were drastically condensed in the serum of boldine-treated animals. Levels of enzymatic and nonenzymatic antioxidants, such as superoxide dismutase (SOD) and glutathione (GSH), were upregulated in the boldine treatment group compared to the asthmatic control group, which displays the antioxidant effects of boldine on asthmatic animals. Interestingly, the reactive oxygen species (ROS) and malonaldehyde (MDA) levels were repressed in the BALF of boldine-treated mice groups. Therefore, the effects of boldine are significant for the management of asthma, reducing the accrual of inflammatory cells, along with other inflammatory markers, while improving antioxidant markers and containing ROS. Hence, boldine may be an option for clinical trials of chronic asthma management.


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Antiasmáticos/uso terapêutico , Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Antioxidantes/metabolismo , Aporfinas/uso terapêutico , Asma/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Antiasmáticos/administração & dosagem , Anti-Inflamatórios/administração & dosagem , Aporfinas/administração & dosagem , Asma/imunologia , Biomarcadores/análise , Líquido da Lavagem Broncoalveolar/química , Líquido da Lavagem Broncoalveolar/citologia , Líquido da Lavagem Broncoalveolar/imunologia , Citocinas/análise , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Eosinófilos/citologia , Imunoglobulina E/sangue , Pulmão/efeitos dos fármacos , Pulmão/patologia , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Ovalbumina/imunologia , Espécies Reativas de Oxigênio/metabolismo , Testes de Função Respiratória
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J Environ Pathol Toxicol Oncol ; 39(3): 235-245, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32865915

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Ulcerative colitis (UC) is an intractable ailment, in which may chronic inflammations/ulcerations may develop in the mucosal lining of the colon with multiple recurrences. Various drugs such as steroids, immunosuppressants, and antibiotics are extensively used to treat UC. The patients suffer from adverse effects of these advanced drugs. So, they need a harmless therapeutic agent from natural sources. The therapeutic D-carvone has an anti-inflammatory action against the investigational colon cancer models. Therefore, we analyzed the effect of D-carvone on dextran sulfate sodium (DSS) provoked colitis model in mice as follows: Group I: noncolitis healthy control mice; Group II: ulcerative colitis mice models; Group III: D-carvone (40 mg/kg) + ulcerative colitis models; Group IV: sulfasalazine (50 mg/kg) + ulcerative colitis models. On the 8th day, the experimental study was terminated and serum samples and colon tissues were processed for further analysis. The effect of D-carvone at different concentration was studied on the LPS challenged RAW 264.7 cell lines. The D-carvone (40 mg/kg) treatment maintained the colon length and decreased disease activity index (DAI) score in UC animals. The increased antioxidant enzymes status and decreased oxidative stress and pro-inflammatory markers were noted in the D-carvone (40 mg/ kg) + UC mice. Histopathological study of colon tissue of D-carvone (40 mg/kg) treated UC mice displayed less mucosal damage and improved crypt integrity and goblet cells compared with DSS only provoked mice. The im-munohistochemical expression of iNOS and COX-2 was drastically diminished in the D-carvone treated UC mice. D-carvone (40 mg/kg) treatment appreciably diminished the LPS provoked NO production and pro-inflammatory modulators in the RAW 264.7 macrophage cell lines. These findings proved that D-carvone has a potential therapeutic effect to prevent LPS induced inflammation in in vitro cells and chemically induced ulcerative colitis in vivo models.


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Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Colite Ulcerativa/tratamento farmacológico , Monoterpenos Cicloexânicos/uso terapêutico , Ciclo-Oxigenase 2/metabolismo , Macrófagos/efeitos dos fármacos , Estresse Oxidativo/efeitos dos fármacos , Fator de Necrose Tumoral alfa/sangue , Animais , Anti-Inflamatórios/administração & dosagem , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Colite Ulcerativa/imunologia , Colite Ulcerativa/patologia , Colo/efeitos dos fármacos , Colo/imunologia , Colo/patologia , Monoterpenos Cicloexânicos/administração & dosagem , Sulfato de Dextrana , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Lipopolissacarídeos , Macrófagos/imunologia , Macrófagos/metabolismo , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Óxido Nítrico/metabolismo , Óxido Nítrico Sintase Tipo II/metabolismo , Células RAW 264.7
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Int J Rheum Dis ; 23(8): 1030-1039, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32881350

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AIM: To describe the first Australian cases of severe acute respiratory syndrome-coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV2) disease (COVID-19) pneumonia treated with the interleukin-6 receptor antagonist tocilizumab. METHODS: Retrospective, open-label, real-world, uncontrolled, single-arm case series conducted in 2 tertiary hospitals in NSW, Australia and 1 tertiary hospital in Victoria, Australia. Five adult male patients aged between 46 and 74 years with type 1 respiratory failure due to COVID-19 pneumonia requiring intensive care unit (ICU) admission and biochemical evidence of systemic hyperinflammation (C-reactive protein greater than 100 mg/L; ferritin greater than 700 µg/L) were administered variable-dose tocilizumab. RESULTS: At between 13 and 26 days follow-up, all patients are alive and have been discharged from ICU. Two patients have been discharged home. Two patients avoided endotracheal intubation. Oxygen therapy has been ceased in three patients. Four adverse events potentially associated with tocilizumab therapy occurred in three patients: ventilator-associated pneumonia, bacteremia associated with central venous catheterization, myositis and hepatitis. All patients received broad-spectrum antibiotics, 4 received corticosteroids and 2 received both lopinavir/ritonavir and hydroxychloroquine. The time from first tocilizumab administration to improvement in ventilation, defined as a 25% reduction in fraction of inspired oxygen required to maintain peripheral oxygen saturation greater than 92%, ranged from 7 hours to 4.6 days. CONCLUSIONS: Tocilizumab use was associated with favorable clinical outcome in our patients. We recommend tocilizumab be included in randomized controlled trials of treatment for patients with severe COVID-19 pneumonia, and be considered for compassionate use in such patients pending the results of these trials.


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Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Anticorpos Monoclonais Humanizados/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Idoso , Anti-Inflamatórios/efeitos adversos , Anticorpos Monoclonais Humanizados/efeitos adversos , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos , Humanos , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , New South Wales , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Estudos Retrospectivos , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Fatores de Tempo , Resultado do Tratamento , Vitória
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Trials ; 21(1): 758, 2020 Sep 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32883328

RESUMO

OBJECTIVES: Tocilizumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody which targets and inhibits interleukin-6 (IL-6) and has demonstrated efficacy in treating diseases associated with hyper-inflammation. Data are suggestive of tocilizumab as a potential treatment for patients with COVID-19 infection. The aim of this study is to determine the safety and efficacy of standard dose versus low dose tocilizumab in adults with severe, non-critical, PCR-confirmed COVID-19 infection with evidence of progressive decline in respiratory function and evolving systemic inflammation on time to intubation, non-invasive ventilation and/or all-cause mortality. TRIAL DESIGN: This trial is a phase 2, open label, two-stage, multicentre, randomised trial. PARTICIPANTS: Adult subjects with severe, non-critical, PCR-confirmed COVID-19 infection with evidence of progressive decline in respiratory function and evolving systemic inflammation requiring admission to hospital at St. Vincent's University Hospital and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. Inclusion criteria Aged 18 years or older. Confirmed SARS-CoV2 infection (as defined by positive PCR). Evidence of hyper inflammatory state as evidenced by at least three of the following: Documented temperature >38°C in the past 48 hours, IL6 >40 pg/ml, or in its absence D-dimer >1.5 µgFEU /ml, Elevated CRP (>100mg/L) and/or a three-fold increase since presentation, Elevated ferritin X5 ULN, Elevated LDH (above the ULN), Elevated fibrinogen (above the ULN). Pulmonary infiltrates on chest imaging. Moderate to severe respiratory failure as defined by PaO2/FiO2≤300mmHg. INTERVENTION AND COMPARATOR: Intervention for participants in this trial is SOC plus Tocilizumab compared to SOC alone (comparator). For Stage 1, following randomisation, subjects will receive either (Arm 1) SOC alone or (Arm 2) SOC plus Tocilizumab (standard single dose - 8mg/kg, infused over 60 minutes. Once stage 1 has fully recruited, subsequent participants will be enrolled directly into Stage 2 and receive either (Arm 1) SOC plus Tocilizumab (standard single dose - 8mg/kg, infused over 60 minutes or (Arm 2) SOC plus Tocilizumab (standard single dose - 4mg/kg, infused over 60 minutes). MAIN OUTCOMES: The primary endpoint for this study is the time to a composite primary endpoint of progression to intubation and ventilation, non-invasive ventilation or death within 28 days post randomisation. RANDOMISATION: Eligible patients will be randomised (1:1) using a central register. Randomisation will be performed through an interactive, web-based electronic data capturing database. In stage 1, eligible participants will be randomised (1:1) to (Arm 1) SOC alone or to (Arm 2) SOC with single dose (8mg/kg, maximum 800mg) intravenous tocilizumab infused over 60 minutes. In stage 2, eligible participants will be randomised (1:1) to receive either (Arm 1) single, standard dose (8mg/kg, maximum 800mg) intravenous tocilizumab infused over 60 minutes or (Arm 2) reduced dose (4mg/kg, maximum 800mg) intravenous tocilizumab infused over 60 minutes. BLINDING: This study is open label. The study will not be blinded to investigators, subjects, or medical or nursing staff. The trial statistician will be blinded for data analysis and will be kept unaware of treatment group assignments. To facilitate this, the randomisation schedule will be drawn up by an independent statistician and objective criteria were defined for the primary outcome to minimize potential bias. NUMBERS TO BE RANDOMISED: In stage 1, 90 subjects will be randomised 1:1, 45 to SOC and 45 subjects to SOC plus Tocilizumab (8mg/kg, infused over 60 minutes). In stage 2, sample size calculation for the dose evaluation stage will use data generated from stage 1 using the same primary endpoint as in stage 1. TRIAL STATUS: The COVIRL002 trial (Protocol version 1.4, 13th May 2020) commenced in May 2020 at St. Vincent's University Hospital and Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Ireland. Recruitment is proceeding with the aim to achieve the target sample size on or before April 2021. TRIAL REGISTRATION: COVIRL002 was registered 25 June 2020 under EudraCT number: 2020-001767-86 and Protocol identification: UCDCRC/20/02. FULL PROTOCOL: The full protocol for COVIRL002 is attached as an additional file, accessible from the Trials website (Additional file 1). In the interest in expediting dissemination of this material, the familiar formatting has been eliminated; this Letter serves as a summary of the key elements of the full protocol. The study protocol has been reported in accordance with the Standard Protocol Items: Recommendations for Clinical Interventional Trials (SPIRIT) guidelines (Additional file 2).


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Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Anticorpos Monoclonais Humanizados/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Anti-Inflamatórios/efeitos adversos , Anticorpos Monoclonais Humanizados/efeitos adversos , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Ensaios Clínicos Fase II como Assunto , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/mortalidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Progressão da Doença , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos , Humanos , Intubação Intratraqueal , Irlanda , Estudos Multicêntricos como Assunto , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/mortalidade , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Ensaios Clínicos Controlados Aleatórios como Assunto , Respiração Artificial , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Fatores de Tempo , Resultado do Tratamento
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Int J Med Sci ; 17(14): 2133-2146, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32922174

RESUMO

The SARS-CoV-2 spread quickly across the globe. The World Health Organization (WHO) on March 11 declared COVID-19 a pandemic. The mortality rate, hospital disorders and incalculable economic and social damages, besides the unproven efficacy of the treatments evaluated against COVID-19, raised the need for immediate control of this disease. Therefore, the current study employed in silico tools to rationally identify new possible SARS-CoV-2 main protease (Mpro) inhibitors. That is an enzyme conserved among the coronavirus species; hence, the identification of an Mpro inhibitor is to make it a broad-spectrum drug. Molecular docking studies described the binding sites and the interaction energies of 74 Mpro-ligand complexes deposited in the Protein Data Bank (PDB). A structural similarity screening was carried out in order to identify possible Mpro ligands that show additional pharmacological properties against COVID-19. We identified 59 hit compounds and among them, melatonin stood out due to its prominent immunomodulatory and anti-inflammatory activities; it can reduce oxidative stress, defence cell mobility and efficiently combat the cytokine storm and sepsis. In addition, melatonin is an inhibitor of calmodulin, an essential intracellular component to maintain angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE-2) on the cell surface. Interestingly, one of the most promising hits in our docking study was melatonin. It revealed better interaction energy with Mpro compared to ligands in complexes from PDB. Consequently, melatonin can have response potential in early stages for its possible effects on ACE-2 and Mpro, although it is also promising in more severe stages of the disease for its action against hyper-inflammation. These results definitely do not confirm antiviral activity, but can rather be used as a basis for further preclinical and clinical trials.


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Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Descoberta de Drogas , Melatonina/farmacologia , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Anti-Inflamatórios/farmacologia , Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Antioxidantes/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/metabolismo , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Cisteína Endopeptidases , Humanos , Fatores Imunológicos/farmacologia , Fatores Imunológicos/uso terapêutico , Melatonina/uso terapêutico , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Inibidores de Proteases/uso terapêutico
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Complement Ther Med ; 52: 102473, 2020 Aug.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32951723

RESUMO

OBJECTIVE: Presentation of a case illustrating the benefits of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) for treatment of Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in critically ill patients. CLINICAL FEATURES AND OUTCOME: A 58-year-old woman presented with cough, fever, dizziness, chest tightness, polypnea and poor appetite. She was admitted to Guizhou Provincial People's hospital, and diagnosed with critically ill type of COVID-19 in February 2020. According to the patient's symptoms and signs, the TCM syndrome differentiation was qi deficiency, dampness-stasis and toxin accumulation. Then she received the combined therapy of a modified Chinese herbal formula and Western medicine. During a twelve-day period of treatment, her respiratory distress and appetite quickly improved. Abnormal laboratory indicators were resumed in time and lung lesions in CT scan largely absorbed. No side effects associated with this Chinese herbal formula were found. Before discharge, two consecutive nasopharyngeal swabs were shown to be negative for severe acute respiratory coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). CONCLUSIONS: Our case report suggests that collaborative treatments with traditional Chinese medicine prove beneficial in the management of COVID-19 in critically ill patients. In order to give optimal care for this COVID-19 crisis for the whole world, Chinese medicine practitioners and Western medical doctors should work together in frontline.


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Antibacterianos/uso terapêutico , Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/uso terapêutico , Medicina Tradicional Chinesa , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Betacoronavirus , Infecções por Coronavirus/fisiopatologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Estado Terminal , Combinação de Medicamentos , Feminino , Humanos , Indóis/uso terapêutico , Lopinavir/uso terapêutico , Metilprednisolona/uso terapêutico , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Moxifloxacina/uso terapêutico , Ventilação não Invasiva , Oxigenoterapia , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/fisiopatologia , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Qi , Ritonavir/uso terapêutico
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Medicine (Baltimore) ; 99(38): e22282, 2020 Sep 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32957384

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BACKGROUND: Hyperthyroidism is a condition in which the thyroid gland is overreactive and produces excess amounts of thyroid hormone. Tripterygium glycosides, traditional Chinese medicine has been widely used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, nephrotic syndrome, hyperthyroidism and other diseases due to its anti-inflammatory and immunosuppressive effects. Evidence-based research is becoming popular especially with the application of Chinese traditional medicine. This paper systematically reviews and evaluates existing clinical data on the efficacy and safety of Tripterygium glycosides in the treatment of hyperthyroidism. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PubMed, Cochrane library and EMBase, Chinese biomedical literature database (CBM), Chinese journal full-text database (CNKI), Wan fang digital periodical full-text database and China Science and Technology Journal Database (VIP) were searched based on the defined inclusion and exclusion criteria. Data extraction, research quality assessment and meta-analysis were conducted with RevMan5.3 software. Trial sequential analysis (TSA) was used to evaluate information size and treatment benefits. RESULTS: Seventeen randomized controlled clinical trials with 1536 participants were included in the systematic review. In the meta-analysis, there were two subgroups: Tripterygium glycosides combined with thiamazole and prednisone group; Tripterygium glycosides combined with thiamazole group. The study results revealed that the degree of exophthalmos, FT3, FT4, BGP, and AKP decreased while TSH, SOD, GSH-PX increased after the addition of Tripterygium glycosides. This study results suggested that Tripterygium glycosides combined with western medicine are an effective therapy for hyperthyroidism. CONCLUSION: This study indicates that Tripterygium glycosides enhances the effect of thiamazole and prednisone in the treatment of hyperthyroidism and without increasing the risk of adverse events.


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Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/uso terapêutico , Glicosídeos/uso terapêutico , Hipertireoidismo/tratamento farmacológico , Tripterygium , Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Quimioterapia Combinada , Humanos , Metimazol/uso terapêutico , Prednisona/uso terapêutico
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Eur Cytokine Netw ; 31(2): 44-49, 2020 Jun 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32933891

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BACKGROUND: Evidence links COVID-19 severity to hyper-inflammation. Treatment with tocilizumab, a monoclonal antibody directed against the interleukin-6 (IL-6) receptor, was shown to lead to clinical improvement in patients with severe COVID-19. We, therefore, performed the present systematic review and meta-analysis to investigate whether the circulating levels of IL-6 is a reliable indicator of disease severity among patients affected with COVID-19. METHODS: A systematic search was conducted in PubMed, Scopus, Web of Science, and Google Scholar on April 19, 2020. RESULTS: Eleven studies provided data of IL-6 levels in patients with severe to critical COVID-19 (severe) and patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 (non-severe). The included studies were of moderate to high quality. The mean patients' age was 60.9 years, ranging from 45.2 to 76.7 years in the severe group and 46.8 years, ranging from 37.9 to 61 years, in the nonsevere group. Fifty-two percent were male in the severe group, as compared to 46% in the non-severe group. An overall random effects meta-analysis showed significantly higher serum levels of IL-6 in the severe group than in the non-severe group with a mean difference of +23.1 pg/mL (95% CI: 12.42-33.79) and the overall effect of 4.24 (P-value < 0.001). Meta-regressions showed that neither age nor sex significantly influenced the mean difference of IL-6 between the groups. CONCLUSIONS: Meta-analysis and meta-regression reveal a reliable relationship between IL-6 and COVID-19 severity, independent of age and sex. Future research is, however, required to assess the effect of BMI on the pattern of IL-6 production in patients with COVID-19. Also, there might be confounding factors that influence the relationship between IL-6 and COVID-19 severity and remain as yet unknown.


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Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Anticorpos Monoclonais Humanizados/administração & dosagem , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/tratamento farmacológico , Interleucina-6/antagonistas & inibidores , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Idoso , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/mortalidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/imunologia , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/mortalidade , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/virologia , Feminino , Expressão Gênica , Humanos , Unidades de Terapia Intensiva , Interleucina-6/genética , Interleucina-6/imunologia , Masculino , Pessoa de Meia-Idade , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/mortalidade , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Receptores de Interleucina-6/genética , Receptores de Interleucina-6/imunologia , Índice de Gravidade de Doença , Análise de Sobrevida , Resultado do Tratamento
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Am J Chin Med ; 48(6): 1263-1277, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32907358

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In December 2019, a novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, causing the disease COVID-19, spread from Wuhan throughout China and has infected people over 200 countries. Thus far, more than 3,400,000 cases and 240,000 deaths have occurred worldwide, and the coronavirus pandemic continues to grip the globe. While numbers of cases in China have been steadying, the number of infections outside China is increasing at a worrying pace. We face an urgent need to control the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic, which is currently expanding to a global pandemic. Efforts have focused on testing antiviral drugs and vaccines, but there is currently no treatment specifically approved. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is grounded in empirical observations and the Chinese people use TCM to overcome these sorts of plagues many times in thousands of years of history. Currently, the Chinese National Health Commission recommended a TCM prescription of Qing-Fei-Pai-Du-Tang (QFPDT) in the latest version of the "Diagnosis and Treatment guidelines of COVID-19" which has been reported to provide reliable effects for COVID-19. While doubts about TCM still exist today, this review paper will describe the rationalities that QFPDT is likely to bring a safe and effective treatment of COVID-19.


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Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/uso terapêutico , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Corticosteroides/uso terapêutico , Anticorpos Monoclonais Humanizados/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus , Cloroquina/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/tratamento farmacológico , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/imunologia , Combinação de Medicamentos , Humanos , Indóis/uso terapêutico , Inibidores de Janus Quinases/uso terapêutico , Lopinavir/uso terapêutico , Medicina Tradicional Chinesa , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Ritonavir/uso terapêutico
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Am J Chin Med ; 48(6): 1315-1330, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32907362

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Critical care medicine is a medical specialty engaging the diagnosis and treatment of critically ill patients who have or are likely to have life-threatening organ failure. Sepsis, a life-threatening condition that arises when the body responds to infection, is currently the major cause of death in intensive care units (ICU). Although progress has been made in understanding the pathophysiology of sepsis, many drawbacks in sepsis treatment remains unresolved. For example, antimicrobial resistance, controversial of glucocorticoids use, prolonged duration of ICU care and the subsequent high cost of the treatment. Recent years have witnessed a growing trend of applying traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) in sepsis management. The TCM application emphasizes use of herbal formulation to balance immune responses to infection, which include clearing heat and toxin, promoting blood circulation and removing its stasis, enhancing gastrointestinal function, and strengthening body resistance. In this paper, we will provide an overview of the current status of Chinese herbal formulations, single herbs, and isolated compounds, as an add-on therapy to the standard Western treatment in the sepsis management. With the current trajectory of worldwide pandemic eruption of newly identified Coronavirus Disease-2019 (COVID-19), the adjuvant TCM therapy can be used in the ICU to treat critically ill patients infected with the novel coronavirus.


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Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Medicamentos de Ervas Chinesas/uso terapêutico , Fatores Imunológicos/uso terapêutico , Medicina Tradicional Chinesa , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Sepse/tratamento farmacológico , Artemisininas/uso terapêutico , Astragalus propinquus , Berberina/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus , Estado Terminal , Emodina/uso terapêutico , Humanos , Unidades de Terapia Intensiva , Mucosa Intestinal , Microcirculação , Pandemias , Permeabilidade , Rheum , Salvia miltiorrhiza
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N Z Med J ; 133(1520): 120-124, 2020 08 21.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32994602

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Spontaneous bleeding in the head and neck region is exceedingly rare, particularly in the absence of trauma or an underlying disorder. We describe a case of an atraumatic lingual haematoma in an 88-year-old male presenting with threatened airway obstruction. The only risk factor our patient had was Aspirin use. Our patient was able to be managed conservatively with observation in the hospital's high dependency unit (HDU) and intravenous steroid (Dexamethasone) and antibiotic (Amoxicillin + Clavulanic acid) therapy. We discuss this case to highlight the importance of recognising an impending airway emergency in the setting of deep space bleeding or swelling.


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Obstrução das Vias Respiratórias/etiologia , Hematoma/complicações , Língua/patologia , Administração Intravenosa , Idoso de 80 Anos ou mais , Combinação Amoxicilina e Clavulanato de Potássio/uso terapêutico , Antibacterianos/uso terapêutico , Anti-Inflamatórios/administração & dosagem , Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Dexametasona/administração & dosagem , Dexametasona/uso terapêutico , Quimioterapia Combinada/métodos , Hematoma/tratamento farmacológico , Humanos , Masculino , Língua/irrigação sanguínea , Resultado do Tratamento
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Molecules ; 25(19)2020 Sep 24.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32987757

RESUMO

There is a vast practice of using antimalarial drugs, RAS inhibitors, serine protease inhibitors, inhibitors of the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase of the virus and immunosuppressants for the treatment of the severe form of COVID-19, which often occurs in patients with chronic diseases and older persons. Currently, the clinical efficacy of these drugs for COVID-19 has not been proven yet. Side effects of antimalarial drugs can worsen the condition of patients and increase the likelihood of death. Peptides, given their physiological mechanism of action, have virtually no side effects. Many of them are geroprotectors and can be used in patients with chronic diseases. Peptides may be able to prevent the development of the pathological process during COVID-19 by inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 virus proteins, thereby having immuno- and bronchoprotective effects on lung cells, and normalizing the state of the hemostasis system. Immunomodulators (RKDVY, EW, KE, AEDG), possessing a physiological mechanism of action at low concentrations, appear to be the most promising group among the peptides. They normalize the cytokines' synthesis and have an anti-inflammatory effect, thereby preventing the development of disseminated intravascular coagulation, acute respiratory distress syndrome and multiple organ failure.


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Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Fatores Imunológicos/uso terapêutico , Peptídeos/uso terapêutico , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Fármacos do Sistema Respiratório/uso terapêutico , Doença Aguda , Anti-Inflamatórios/síntese química , Antivirais/síntese química , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/complicações , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/diagnóstico , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/tratamento farmacológico , Síndrome da Liberação de Citocina/virologia , Coagulação Intravascular Disseminada/complicações , Coagulação Intravascular Disseminada/diagnóstico , Coagulação Intravascular Disseminada/tratamento farmacológico , Coagulação Intravascular Disseminada/virologia , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Fatores Imunológicos/síntese química , Pulmão/irrigação sanguínea , Pulmão/efeitos dos fármacos , Pulmão/patologia , Pulmão/virologia , Pandemias , Peptídeos/síntese química , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Insuficiência Respiratória/complicações , Insuficiência Respiratória/diagnóstico , Insuficiência Respiratória/prevenção & controle , Insuficiência Respiratória/virologia , Fármacos do Sistema Respiratório/síntese química , Relação Estrutura-Atividade
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BMC Endocr Disord ; 20(1): 149, 2020 Sep 29.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32993622

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BACKGROUND: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a multi-systemic infection caused by the novel Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), that has become a pandemic. Although its prevailing symptoms include anosmia, ageusia, dry couch, fever, shortness of brief, arthralgia, myalgia, and fatigue, regional and methodological assessments vary, leading to heterogeneous clinical descriptions of COVID-19. Aging, uncontrolled diabetes, hypertension, obesity, and exposure to androgens have been correlated with worse prognosis in COVID-19. Abnormalities in the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS), angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE2) and the androgen-driven transmembrane serine protease 2 (TMPRSS2) have been elicited as key modulators of SARS-CoV-2. MAIN TEXT: While safe and effective therapies for COVID-19 lack, the current moment of pandemic urges for therapeutic options. Existing drugs should be preferred over novel ones for clinical testing due to four inherent characteristics: 1. Well-established long-term safety profile, known risks and contraindications; 2. More accurate predictions of clinical effects; 3. Familiarity of clinical management; and 4. Affordable costs for public health systems. In the context of the key modulators of SARS-CoV-2 infectivity, endocrine targets have become central as candidates for COVID-19. The only endocrine or endocrine-related drug class with already existing emerging evidence for COVID-19 is the glucocorticoids, particularly for the use of dexamethasone for severely affected patients. Other drugs that are more likely to present clinical effects despite the lack of specific evidence for COVID-19 include anti-androgens (spironolactone, eplerenone, finasteride and dutasteride), statins, N-acetyl cysteine (NAC), ACE inhibitors (ACEi), angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB), and direct TMPRSS-2 inhibitors (nafamostat and camostat). Several other candidates show less consistent plausibility. In common, except for dexamethasone, all candidates have no evidence for COVID-19, and clinical trials are needed. CONCLUSION: While dexamethasone may reduce mortality in severely ill patients with COVID-19, in the absence of evidence of any specific drug for mild-to-moderate COVID-19, researchers should consider testing existing drugs due to their favorable safety, familiarity, and cost profile. However, except for dexamethasone in severe COVID-19, drug treatments for COVID-19 patients must be restricted to clinical research studies until efficacy has been extensively proven, with favorable outcomes in terms of reduction in hospitalization, mechanical ventilation, and death.


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Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Dexametasona/uso terapêutico , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos/métodos , Sistema Endócrino , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Humanos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Prognóstico
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Crit Care Resusc ; 22(3): 191-199, 2020 Sep.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32900325

RESUMO

OBJECTIVE: To determine whether hydrocortisone is a cost-effective treatment for patients with septic shock. DESIGN: Data linkage-based cost-effectiveness analysis. SETTING: New South Wales and Queensland intensive care units. PARTICIPANTS AND INTERVENTION: Patients with septic shock randomly assigned to treatment with hydrocortisone or placebo in the Adjunctive Glucocorticoid Therapy in Patients with Septic Shock (ADRENAL) trial. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Health-related quality of life at 6 months using the EuroQoL 5-dimension 5-level questionnaire. Data on hospital resource use and costs were obtained by linking the ADRENAL dataset to government administrative health databases. Clinical outcomes included mortality, health-related quality of life, and quality-adjusted life-years gained; economic outcomes included hospital resource use, costs and cost-effectiveness from the health care payer perspective. We also assessed cost-effectiveness by sex. To increase the precision of cost-effectiveness estimates, we conducted unrestricted bootstrapping. RESULTS: Of 3800 patients in the ADRENAL trial, 1772 (46.6%) were eligible and 1513 (85.4% of those eligible) were included. There was no difference between hydrocortisone or placebo groups in regards to mortality (218/742 [29.4%] v 227/759 [29.9%]; HR, 0.93; 95% CI, 0.78-1.12; P = 0.47), mean number of QALYs gained (0.10 ± 0.09 v 0.10 ± 0.09; P = 0.52), or total hospital costs (A$73 515 ± 61 376 v A$69 748 ± 61 793; mean difference, A$3767; 95% CI, -A$2891 to A$10 425; P = 0.27). The incremental cost of hydrocortisone was A$1 254 078 per quality-adjusted life-year gained. In females, hydrocortisone was cost-effective in 46.2% of bootstrapped replications and in males it was cost-effective in 2.7% of bootstrapped replications. CONCLUSIONS: Adjunctive hydrocortisone did not significantly affect longer term mortality, health-related quality of life, health care resource use or costs, and is unlikely to be cost-effective.


Assuntos
Anti-Inflamatórios/economia , Anti-Inflamatórios/uso terapêutico , Hidrocortisona/economia , Hidrocortisona/uso terapêutico , Choque Séptico/tratamento farmacológico , Análise Custo-Benefício , Feminino , Humanos , Masculino , New South Wales , Qualidade de Vida , Anos de Vida Ajustados por Qualidade de Vida , Choque Séptico/mortalidade
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