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Biomed Res Int ; 2020: 5324560, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33029513

RESUMO

The ongoing global pandemic caused by the human coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), has infected millions of people and claimed hundreds of thousands of lives. The absence of approved therapeutics to combat this disease threatens the health of all persons on earth and could cause catastrophic damage to society. New drugs are therefore urgently required to bring relief to people everywhere. In addition to repurposing existing drugs, natural products provide an interesting alternative due to their widespread use in all cultures of the world. In this study, alkaloids from Cryptolepis sanguinolenta have been investigated for their ability to inhibit two of the main proteins in SARS-CoV-2, the main protease and the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase, using in silico methods. Molecular docking was used to assess binding potential of the alkaloids to the viral proteins whereas molecular dynamics was used to evaluate stability of the binding event. The results of the study indicate that all 13 alkaloids bind strongly to the main protease and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase with binding energies ranging from -6.7 to -10.6 kcal/mol. In particular, cryptomisrine, cryptospirolepine, cryptoquindoline, and biscryptolepine exhibited very strong inhibitory potential towards both proteins. Results from the molecular dynamics study revealed that a stable protein-ligand complex is formed upon binding. Alkaloids from Cryptolepis sanguinolenta therefore represent a promising class of compounds that could serve as lead compounds in the search for a cure for the corona virus disease.


Assuntos
Alcaloides/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Cryptolepis/química , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Proteínas Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Alcaloides/química , Antivirais/química , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Simulação por Computador , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Cisteína Endopeptidases , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Humanos , Alcaloides Indólicos/química , Alcaloides Indólicos/farmacologia , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Simulação de Dinâmica Molecular , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Relação Quantitativa Estrutura-Atividade , Quinolinas/química , Quinolinas/farmacologia , RNA Replicase/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores
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Viruses ; 12(9)2020 09 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32916958

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: To prioritize the development of antiviral compounds, it is necessary to compare their relative preclinical activity and clinical efficacy. METHODS: We reviewed in vitro, animal model, and clinical studies of candidate anti-coronavirus compounds and placed extracted data in an online relational database. RESULTS: As of August 2020, the Coronavirus Antiviral Research Database (CoV-RDB; covdb.stanford.edu) contained over 2800 cell culture, entry assay, and biochemical experiments, 259 animal model studies, and 73 clinical studies from over 400 published papers. SARS-CoV-2, SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV account for 85% of the data. Approximately 75% of experiments involved compounds with known or likely mechanisms of action, including monoclonal antibodies and receptor binding inhibitors (21%), viral protease inhibitors (17%), miscellaneous host-acting inhibitors (10%), polymerase inhibitors (9%), interferons (7%), fusion inhibitors (5%), and host protease inhibitors (5%). Of 975 compounds with known or likely mechanism, 135 (14%) are licensed in the U.S. for other indications, 197 (20%) are licensed outside the U.S. or are in human trials, and 595 (61%) are pre-clinical investigational compounds. CONCLUSION: CoV-RDB facilitates comparisons between different candidate antiviral compounds, thereby helping scientists, clinical investigators, public health officials, and funding agencies prioritize the most promising compounds and repurposed drugs for further development.


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Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Bases de Dados Factuais , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Células Cultivadas , Ensaios Clínicos como Assunto , Coronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Humanos , Mamíferos , Modelos Animais , Pandemias , Sistema de Registros , Especificidade da Espécie , Interface Usuário-Computador
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Viruses ; 12(9)2020 09 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-760953

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: To prioritize the development of antiviral compounds, it is necessary to compare their relative preclinical activity and clinical efficacy. METHODS: We reviewed in vitro, animal model, and clinical studies of candidate anti-coronavirus compounds and placed extracted data in an online relational database. RESULTS: As of August 2020, the Coronavirus Antiviral Research Database (CoV-RDB; covdb.stanford.edu) contained over 2800 cell culture, entry assay, and biochemical experiments, 259 animal model studies, and 73 clinical studies from over 400 published papers. SARS-CoV-2, SARS-CoV, and MERS-CoV account for 85% of the data. Approximately 75% of experiments involved compounds with known or likely mechanisms of action, including monoclonal antibodies and receptor binding inhibitors (21%), viral protease inhibitors (17%), miscellaneous host-acting inhibitors (10%), polymerase inhibitors (9%), interferons (7%), fusion inhibitors (5%), and host protease inhibitors (5%). Of 975 compounds with known or likely mechanism, 135 (14%) are licensed in the U.S. for other indications, 197 (20%) are licensed outside the U.S. or are in human trials, and 595 (61%) are pre-clinical investigational compounds. CONCLUSION: CoV-RDB facilitates comparisons between different candidate antiviral compounds, thereby helping scientists, clinical investigators, public health officials, and funding agencies prioritize the most promising compounds and repurposed drugs for further development.


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Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Bases de Dados Factuais , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Células Cultivadas , Ensaios Clínicos como Assunto , Coronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Humanos , Mamíferos , Modelos Animais , Pandemias , Sistema de Registros , Especificidade da Espécie , Interface Usuário-Computador
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Pharm Res ; 37(10): 194, 2020 Sep 11.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32918191

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PURPOSE: We characterized three canine P-gp (cP-gp) deficient MDCKII cell lines. Their relevance for identifying efflux transporter substrates and predicting limitation of brain penetration were evaluated. In addition, we discuss how compound selection can be done in drug discovery by using these cell systems. METHOD: hMDR1, hBCRP-transfected, and non-transfected MDCKII ZFN cells (all with knock-down of endogenous cP-gp) were used for measuring permeability and efflux ratios for substrates. The compounds were also tested in MDR1_Caco-2 and BCRP_Caco-2, each with a double knock-out of BCRP/MRP2 or MDR1/MRP2 transporters respectively. Efflux results were compared between the MDCK and Caco-2 models. Furthermore, in vitro MDR1_ZFN efflux data were correlated with in vivo unbound drug brain-to-plasma partition coefficient (Kp,uu). RESULTS: MDR1 and BCRP substrates are correctly classified and robust transporter affinities with control substrates are shown. Cell passage mildly influenced mRNA levels of transfected transporters, but the transporter activity was proven stable for several years. The MDCK and Caco-2 models were in high consensus classifying same efflux substrates. Approx. 80% of enlisted substances were correctly predicted with the MDR1_ZFN model for brain penetration. CONCLUSION: cP-gp deficient MDCKII ZFN models are reliable tools to identify MDR1 and BCRP substrates and useful for predicting efflux liability for brain penetration.


Assuntos
Membro 1 da Subfamília B de Cassetes de Ligação de ATP/deficiência , Membro 2 da Subfamília G de Transportadores de Cassetes de Ligação de ATP/metabolismo , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos/métodos , Proteínas de Neoplasias/metabolismo , Farmacocinética , Subfamília B de Transportador de Cassetes de Ligação de ATP/antagonistas & inibidores , Subfamília B de Transportador de Cassetes de Ligação de ATP/genética , Subfamília B de Transportador de Cassetes de Ligação de ATP/metabolismo , Membro 1 da Subfamília B de Cassetes de Ligação de ATP/metabolismo , Membro 2 da Subfamília G de Transportadores de Cassetes de Ligação de ATP/antagonistas & inibidores , Membro 2 da Subfamília G de Transportadores de Cassetes de Ligação de ATP/genética , Animais , Barreira Hematoencefálica/metabolismo , Encéfalo/metabolismo , Células CACO-2 , Permeabilidade da Membrana Celular , Dibenzocicloeptenos/farmacologia , Dicetopiperazinas/farmacologia , Cães , Compostos Heterocíclicos de 4 ou mais Anéis/farmacologia , Humanos , Células Madin Darby de Rim Canino , Proteínas de Neoplasias/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas de Neoplasias/genética , Prazosina/farmacocinética , Quinidina/farmacocinética , Quinolinas/farmacologia , Especificidade por Substrato , Transfecção
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J Immunol Res ; 2020: 8624963, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32802896

RESUMO

Single-cell RNA sequencing allows highly detailed profiling of cellular immune responses from limited-volume samples, advancing prospects of a new era of systems immunology. The power of single-cell RNA sequencing offers various opportunities to decipher the immune response to infectious diseases and vaccines. Here, we describe the potential uses of single-cell RNA sequencing methods in prophylactic vaccine development, concentrating on infectious diseases including COVID-19. Using examples from several diseases, we review how single-cell RNA sequencing has been used to evaluate the immunological response to different vaccine platforms and regimens. By highlighting published and unpublished single-cell RNA sequencing studies relevant to vaccinology, we discuss some general considerations how the field could be enriched with the widespread adoption of this technology.


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Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , RNA-Seq/métodos , Análise de Célula Única , Vacinologia/métodos , Vacinas Virais/administração & dosagem , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Ensaios Clínicos como Assunto , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/genética , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/imunologia , Humanos , Imunidade Celular/genética , Imunidade Inata/genética , Imunogenicidade da Vacina , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/imunologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , RNA Viral/isolamento & purificação , Vacinas Virais/imunologia
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Carbohydr Polym ; 247: 116740, 2020 Nov 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32829859

RESUMO

Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a lung disease with highly heterogeneous and mortality rate, but its therapeutic options are now still limited. Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been characterized by WHO as a pandemic, and the global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has been more than 8.0 million. It is strongly supported for that PF should be one of the major complications in COVID-19 patients by the evidences of epidemiology, viral immunology and current clinical researches. The anti-PF properties of naturally occurring polysaccharides have attracted increasing attention in last two decades, but is still lack of a comprehensively understanding. In present review, the resources, structural features, anti-PF activities, and underlying mechanisms of these polysaccharides are summarized and analyzed, which was expected to provide a scientific evidence supporting the application of polysaccharides for preventing or treating PF in COVID-19 patients.


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Betacoronavirus , Produtos Biológicos/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Polissacarídeos/uso terapêutico , Fibrose Pulmonar/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Antioxidantes/uso terapêutico , Bleomicina/toxicidade , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Proteína Forkhead Box O3/fisiologia , Fungos/química , Ribonucleoproteína Nuclear Heterogênea D0/fisiologia , Humanos , Macrófagos/efeitos dos fármacos , Medicina Tradicional Chinesa , Camundongos , Neutrófilos/efeitos dos fármacos , Fitoterapia , Plantas Medicinais/química , Polissacarídeos/farmacologia , Fibrose Pulmonar/induzido quimicamente , Fibrose Pulmonar/etiologia , Fibrose Pulmonar/prevenção & controle , RNA Longo não Codificante/antagonistas & inibidores , Ratos , Alga Marinha/química , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteína Smad2/fisiologia , Proteína Smad3/fisiologia , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta1/antagonistas & inibidores
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Sci Rep ; 10(1): 13093, 2020 08 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32753646

RESUMO

A novel coronavirus, named SARS-CoV-2, emerged in 2019 in China and rapidly spread worldwide. As no approved therapeutics exists to treat COVID-19, the disease associated to SARS-Cov-2, there is an urgent need to propose molecules that could quickly enter into clinics. Repurposing of approved drugs is a strategy that can bypass the time-consuming stages of drug development. In this study, we screened the PRESTWICK CHEMICAL LIBRARY composed of 1,520 approved drugs in an infected cell-based assay. The robustness of the screen was assessed by the identification of drugs that already demonstrated in vitro antiviral effect against SARS-CoV-2. Thereby, 90 compounds were identified as positive hits from the screen and were grouped according to their chemical composition and their known therapeutic effect. Then EC50 and CC50 were determined for a subset of 15 compounds from a panel of 23 selected drugs covering the different groups. Eleven compounds such as macrolides antibiotics, proton pump inhibitors, antiarrhythmic agents or CNS drugs emerged showing antiviral potency with 2 < EC50 ≤ 20 µM. By providing new information on molecules inhibiting SARS-CoV-2 replication in vitro, this study provides information for the selection of drugs to be further validated in vivo. Disclaimer: This study corresponds to the early stages of antiviral development and the results do not support by themselves the use of the selected drugs to treat SARS-CoV-2 infection.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Bibliotecas de Moléculas Pequenas/química , Animais , Antivirais/química , Antivirais/metabolismo , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Células CACO-2 , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Aprovação de Drogas , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos , Humanos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Bibliotecas de Moléculas Pequenas/metabolismo , Bibliotecas de Moléculas Pequenas/farmacologia , Células Vero , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32738193

RESUMO

There is an urgent need for vaccines and therapeutics to prevent and treat COVID-19. Rapid SARS-CoV-2 countermeasure development is contingent on the availability of robust, scalable, and readily deployable surrogate viral assays to screen antiviral humoral responses, define correlates of immune protection, and down-select candidate antivirals. Here, we generate a highly infectious recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) bearing the SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein S as its sole entry glycoprotein and show that this recombinant virus, rVSV-SARS-CoV-2 S, closely resembles SARS-CoV-2 in its entry-related properties. The neutralizing activities of a large panel of COVID-19 convalescent sera can be assessed in a high-throughput fluorescent reporter assay with rVSV-SARS-CoV-2 S, and neutralization of rVSV-SARS-CoV-2 S and authentic SARS-CoV-2 by spike-specific antibodies in these antisera is highly correlated. Our findings underscore the utility of rVSV-SARS-CoV-2 S for the development of spike-specific therapeutics and for mechanistic studies of viral entry and its inhibition.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/fisiologia , Vírus da Estomatite Vesicular Indiana/fisiologia , Animais , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/genética , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Linhagem Celular , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos/efeitos dos fármacos , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos/genética , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos/fisiologia , Humanos , Mutação , Testes de Neutralização , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/fisiologia , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Receptores Virais/genética , Receptores Virais/fisiologia , Recombinação Genética , Serina Endopeptidases/fisiologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Células Vero , Vírus da Estomatite Vesicular Indiana/genética , Vacinas Virais/genética , Vacinas Virais/imunologia , Internalização do Vírus , Replicação Viral/genética
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Cell ; 182(3): 713-721.e9, 2020 08 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32778225

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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) threatens global public health. The development of a vaccine is urgently needed for the prevention and control of COVID-19. Here, we report the pilot-scale production of an inactivated SARS-CoV-2 vaccine candidate (BBIBP-CorV) that induces high levels of neutralizing antibodies titers in mice, rats, guinea pigs, rabbits, and nonhuman primates (cynomolgus monkeys and rhesus macaques) to provide protection against SARS-CoV-2. Two-dose immunizations using 2 µg/dose of BBIBP-CorV provided highly efficient protection against SARS-CoV-2 intratracheal challenge in rhesus macaques, without detectable antibody-dependent enhancement of infection. In addition, BBIBP-CorV exhibits efficient productivity and good genetic stability for vaccine manufacture. These results support the further evaluation of BBIBP-CorV in a clinical trial.


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Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos/métodos , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Vacinas de Produtos Inativados/uso terapêutico , Vacinas Virais/uso terapêutico , Animais , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/genética , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Feminino , Cobaias , Imunogenicidade da Vacina , Macaca fascicularis , Macaca mulatta , Masculino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Filogenia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Coelhos , Ratos , Ratos Wistar , Vacinas de Produtos Inativados/efeitos adversos , Células Vero , Vacinas Virais/efeitos adversos
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Comput Biol Med ; 124: 103936, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32738628

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Virtual screening of phytochemicals was performed through molecular docking, simulations, in silico ADMET and drug-likeness prediction to identify the potential hits that can inhibit the effects of SARS-CoV-2. Considering the published literature on medicinal importance, 154 phytochemicals with analogous structure from limonoids and triterpenoids were selected to search potential inhibitors for the five therapeutic protein targets of SARS-CoV-2, i.e., 3CLpro (main protease), PLpro (papain-like protease), SGp-RBD (spike glycoprotein-receptor binding domain), RdRp (RNA dependent RNA polymerase) and ACE2 (angiotensin-converting enzyme 2). The in silico computational results revealed that the phytochemicals such as glycyrrhizic acid, limonin, 7-deacetyl-7-benzoylgedunin, maslinic acid, corosolic acid, obacunone and ursolic acid were found to be effective against the target proteins of SARS-CoV-2. The protein-ligand interaction study revealed that these phytochemicals bind with the amino acid residues at the active site of the target proteins. Therefore, the core structure of these potential hits can be used for further lead optimization to design drugs for SARS-CoV-2. Also, the medicinal plants containing these phytochemicals like licorice, neem, tulsi, citrus and olives can be used to formulate suitable therapeutic approaches in traditional medicines.


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Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/química , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Limoninas/farmacologia , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Triterpenos/farmacologia , Antivirais/química , Antivirais/farmacocinética , Sítios de Ligação , Biologia Computacional , Simulação por Computador , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Limoninas/química , Limoninas/farmacocinética , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/química , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/efeitos dos fármacos , Compostos Fitoquímicos/química , Compostos Fitoquímicos/farmacocinética , Compostos Fitoquímicos/farmacologia , RNA Replicase/química , RNA Replicase/efeitos dos fármacos , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/química , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/efeitos dos fármacos , Triterpenos/química , Triterpenos/farmacocinética , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Virais/química , Proteínas Virais/efeitos dos fármacos
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J Phys Chem Lett ; 11(17): 7058-7065, 2020 Sep 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32787328

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The current pandemic demands a search for therapeutic agents against the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Here, we present an efficient computational strategy that combines machine learning (ML)-based models and high-fidelity ensemble docking studies to enable rapid screening of possible therapeutic ligands. Targeting the binding affinity of molecules for either the isolated SARS-CoV-2 S-protein at its host receptor region or the S-protein:human ACE2 interface complex, we screen ligands from drug and biomolecule data sets that can potentially limit and/or disrupt the host-virus interactions. Top scoring one hundred eighty-seven ligands (with 75 approved by the Food and Drug Administration) are further validated by all atom docking studies. Important molecular descriptors (2χn, topological surface area, and ring count) and promising chemical fragments (oxolane, hydroxy, and imidazole) are identified to guide future experiments. Overall, this work expands our knowledge of small-molecule treatment against COVID-19 and provides a general screening pathway (combining quick ML models with expensive high-fidelity simulations) for targeting several chemical/biochemical problems.


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Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Aprendizado de Máquina , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Antivirais/metabolismo , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Humanos , Ligação de Hidrogênio , Conformação Proteica , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/química , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo
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Cell Death Dis ; 11(8): 656, 2020 08 19.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32814759

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The current epidemic of coronavirus disease-19 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) calls for the development of inhibitors of viral replication. Here, we performed a bioinformatic analysis of published and purported SARS-CoV-2 antivirals including imatinib mesylate that we found to suppress SARS-CoV-2 replication on Vero E6 cells and that, according to the published literature on other coronaviruses is likely to act on-target, as a tyrosine kinase inhibitor. We identified a cluster of SARS-CoV-2 antivirals with characteristics of lysosomotropic agents, meaning that they are lipophilic weak bases capable of penetrating into cells. These agents include cepharentine, chloroquine, chlorpromazine, clemastine, cloperastine, emetine, hydroxychloroquine, haloperidol, ML240, PB28, ponatinib, siramesine, and zotatifin (eFT226) all of which are likely to inhibit SARS-CoV-2 replication by non-specific (off-target) effects, meaning that they probably do not act on their 'official' pharmacological targets, but rather interfere with viral replication through non-specific effects on acidophilic organelles including autophagosomes, endosomes, and lysosomes. Imatinib mesylate did not fall into this cluster. In conclusion, we propose a tentative classification of SARS-CoV-2 antivirals into specific (on-target) versus non-specific (off-target) agents based on their physicochemical characteristics.


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Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/metabolismo , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos/métodos , Pneumonia Viral/metabolismo , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Antivirais/farmacologia , Morte Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Hidroxicloroquina/farmacologia , Mesilato de Imatinib/farmacologia , Lisossomos/efeitos dos fármacos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Inibidores de Proteínas Quinases/farmacologia , RNA Viral/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Vero , Carga Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
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PLoS Negl Trop Dis ; 14(8): e0008579, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32817682

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BACKGROUND: The World Health Organization's strategy to halve snakebite mortality and morbidity by 2030 includes an emphasis on a risk-benefit process assessing the preclinical efficacy of antivenoms manufactured for sub-Saharan Africa. To assist this process, we systematically collected, standardised and analysed all publicly available data on the preclinical efficacy of antivenoms designed for sub-Saharan Africa. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Using a systematic search of publication databases, we focused on publicly available preclinical reports of the efficacy of 16 antivenom products available in sub Saharan Africa. Publications since 1999 reporting the industry standard intravenous pre-incubation method of murine in vivo neutralisation of venom lethality (median effective dose [ED50]) were included. Eighteen publications met the criteria. To permit comparison of the several different reported ED50 values, it was necessary to standardise these to microlitre of antivenom resulting in 50% survival of mice challenged per milligram of venom (µl/mg). We were unable to identify publicly available preclinical data on four antivenoms, whilst data for six polyspecific antivenoms were restricted to a small number of venoms. Only four antivenoms were tested against a wide range of venoms. Examination of these studies for the reporting of key metrics required for interpreting antivenom ED50s were highly variable, as evidenced by eight different units being used for the described ED50 values. CONCLUSIONS/SIGNIFICANCE: There is a disturbing lack of (i) preclinical efficacy testing of antivenom for sub Saharan Africa, (ii) publicly available reports and (iii) independent scrutiny of this medically important data. Where reports do exist, the methods and metrics used are highly variable. This prevents comprehensive meta-analysis of antivenom preclinical efficacy, and severely reduces the utility of antivenom ED50 results in the decision making of physicians treating patients and of national and international health agencies. Here, we propose the use of a standardised result reporting checklist to resolve this issue. Implementation of these straightforward steps will deliver uniform evaluation of products across laboratories, facilitate meta-analyses, and contribute vital information for designing the clinical trials needed to achieve the WHO target of halving snakebite morbidity and mortality by 2030.


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Antivenenos/uso terapêutico , Mordeduras de Serpentes/terapia , Venenos de Víboras/antagonistas & inibidores , África ao Sul do Saara , Animais , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Feminino , Masculino , Camundongos , Venenos de Serpentes , Análise de Sobrevida , Venenos de Víboras/imunologia , Organização Mundial da Saúde
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Chem Biol Interact ; 328: 109211, 2020 Sep 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32735799

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In terms of public health, the 21st century has been characterized by coronavirus pandemics: in 2002-03 the virus SARS-CoV caused SARS; in 2012 MERS-CoV emerged and in 2019 a new human betacoronavirus strain, called SARS-CoV-2, caused the unprecedented COVID-19 outbreak. During the course of the current epidemic, medical challenges to save lives and scientific research aimed to reveal the genetic evolution and the biochemistry of the vital cycle of the new pathogen could lead to new preventive and therapeutic strategies against SARS-CoV-2. Up to now, there is no cure for COVID-19 and waiting for an efficacious vaccine, the development of "savage" protocols, based on "old" anti-inflammatory and anti-viral drugs represents a valid and alternative therapeutic approach. As an alternative or additional therapeutic/preventive option, different in silico and in vitro studies demonstrated that small natural molecules, belonging to polyphenol family, can interfere with various stages of coronavirus entry and replication cycle. Here, we reviewed the capacity of well-known (e.g. quercetin, baicalin, luteolin, hesperetin, gallocatechin gallate, epigallocatechin gallate) and uncommon (e.g. scutellarein, amentoflavone, papyriflavonol A) flavonoids, secondary metabolites widely present in plant tissues with antioxidant and anti-microbial functions, to inhibit key proteins involved in coronavirus infective cycle, such as PLpro, 3CLpro, NTPase/helicase. Due to their pleiotropic activities and lack of systemic toxicity, flavonoids and their derivative may represent target compounds to be tested in future clinical trials to enrich the drug arsenal against coronavirus infections.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Flavonoides/uso terapêutico , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Antivirais/química , Antivirais/uso terapêutico , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/genética , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Simulação por Computador , Coronaviridae/efeitos dos fármacos , Coronaviridae/fisiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Flavonoides/química , Humanos , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/efeitos dos fármacos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Vírus da SARS/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
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Carbohydr Polym ; 247: 116740, 2020 Nov 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-635683

RESUMO

Pulmonary fibrosis (PF) is a lung disease with highly heterogeneous and mortality rate, but its therapeutic options are now still limited. Corona virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has been characterized by WHO as a pandemic, and the global number of confirmed COVID-19 cases has been more than 8.0 million. It is strongly supported for that PF should be one of the major complications in COVID-19 patients by the evidences of epidemiology, viral immunology and current clinical researches. The anti-PF properties of naturally occurring polysaccharides have attracted increasing attention in last two decades, but is still lack of a comprehensively understanding. In present review, the resources, structural features, anti-PF activities, and underlying mechanisms of these polysaccharides are summarized and analyzed, which was expected to provide a scientific evidence supporting the application of polysaccharides for preventing or treating PF in COVID-19 patients.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus , Produtos Biológicos/uso terapêutico , Infecções por Coronavirus/complicações , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/complicações , Polissacarídeos/uso terapêutico , Fibrose Pulmonar/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Antioxidantes/farmacologia , Antioxidantes/uso terapêutico , Bleomicina/toxicidade , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Proteína Forkhead Box O3/fisiologia , Fungos/química , Ribonucleoproteína Nuclear Heterogênea D0/fisiologia , Humanos , Macrófagos/efeitos dos fármacos , Medicina Tradicional Chinesa , Camundongos , Neutrófilos/efeitos dos fármacos , Fitoterapia , Plantas Medicinais/química , Polissacarídeos/farmacologia , Fibrose Pulmonar/induzido quimicamente , Fibrose Pulmonar/etiologia , Fibrose Pulmonar/prevenção & controle , RNA Longo não Codificante/antagonistas & inibidores , Ratos , Alga Marinha/química , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteína Smad2/fisiologia , Proteína Smad3/fisiologia , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta1/antagonistas & inibidores
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Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-627576

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There is an urgent need for vaccines and therapeutics to prevent and treat COVID-19. Rapid SARS-CoV-2 countermeasure development is contingent on the availability of robust, scalable, and readily deployable surrogate viral assays to screen antiviral humoral responses, define correlates of immune protection, and down-select candidate antivirals. Here, we generate a highly infectious recombinant vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) bearing the SARS-CoV-2 spike glycoprotein S as its sole entry glycoprotein and show that this recombinant virus, rVSV-SARS-CoV-2 S, closely resembles SARS-CoV-2 in its entry-related properties. The neutralizing activities of a large panel of COVID-19 convalescent sera can be assessed in a high-throughput fluorescent reporter assay with rVSV-SARS-CoV-2 S, and neutralization of rVSV-SARS-CoV-2 S and authentic SARS-CoV-2 by spike-specific antibodies in these antisera is highly correlated. Our findings underscore the utility of rVSV-SARS-CoV-2 S for the development of spike-specific therapeutics and for mechanistic studies of viral entry and its inhibition.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/fisiologia , Vírus da Estomatite Vesicular Indiana/fisiologia , Animais , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/genética , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Linhagem Celular , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/prevenção & controle , Infecções por Coronavirus/terapia , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos/efeitos dos fármacos , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos/genética , Interações entre Hospedeiro e Microrganismos/fisiologia , Humanos , Mutação , Testes de Neutralização , Pandemias/prevenção & controle , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/fisiologia , Pneumonia Viral/prevenção & controle , Pneumonia Viral/terapia , Receptores Virais/genética , Receptores Virais/fisiologia , Recombinação Genética , Serina Endopeptidases/fisiologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Células Vero , Vírus da Estomatite Vesicular Indiana/genética , Vacinas Virais/genética , Vacinas Virais/imunologia , Internalização do Vírus , Replicação Viral/genética
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Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A ; 117(33): 19854-19865, 2020 08 18.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32759214

RESUMO

The blood-retina barrier and blood-brain barrier (BRB/BBB) are selective and semipermeable and are critical for supporting and protecting central nervous system (CNS)-resident cells. Endothelial cells (ECs) within the BRB/BBB are tightly coupled, express high levels of Claudin-5 (CLDN5), a junctional protein that stabilizes ECs, and are important for proper neuronal function. To identify novel CLDN5 regulators (and ultimately EC stabilizers), we generated a CLDN5-P2A-GFP stable cell line from human pluripotent stem cells (hPSCs), directed their differentiation to ECs (CLDN5-GFP hPSC-ECs), and performed flow cytometry-based chemogenomic library screening to measure GFP expression as a surrogate reporter of barrier integrity. Using this approach, we identified 62 unique compounds that activated CLDN5-GFP. Among them were TGF-ß pathway inhibitors, including RepSox. When applied to hPSC-ECs, primary brain ECs, and retinal ECs, RepSox strongly elevated barrier resistance (transendothelial electrical resistance), reduced paracellular permeability (fluorescein isothiocyanate-dextran), and prevented vascular endothelial growth factor A (VEGFA)-induced barrier breakdown in vitro. RepSox also altered vascular patterning in the mouse retina during development when delivered exogenously. To determine the mechanism of action of RepSox, we performed kinome-, transcriptome-, and proteome-profiling and discovered that RepSox inhibited TGF-ß, VEGFA, and inflammatory gene networks. In addition, RepSox not only activated vascular-stabilizing and barrier-establishing Notch and Wnt pathways, but also induced expression of important tight junctions and transporters. Taken together, our data suggest that inhibiting multiple pathways by selected individual small molecules, such as RepSox, may be an effective strategy for the development of better BRB/BBB models and novel EC barrier-inducing therapeutics.


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Células Endoteliais/efeitos dos fármacos , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes/efeitos dos fármacos , Bibliotecas de Moléculas Pequenas/farmacologia , Animais , Barreira Hematoencefálica/efeitos dos fármacos , Barreira Hematoencefálica/metabolismo , Barreira Hematorretiniana/efeitos dos fármacos , Barreira Hematorretiniana/metabolismo , Diferenciação Celular , Linhagem Celular , Proliferação de Células/efeitos dos fármacos , Claudina-5/genética , Claudina-5/metabolismo , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Células Endoteliais/citologia , Células Endoteliais/metabolismo , Edição de Genes , Genoma , Humanos , Camundongos , Camundongos Knockout , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes/citologia , Células-Tronco Pluripotentes/metabolismo , Pirazóis/farmacologia , Piridinas/farmacologia , Junções Íntimas/metabolismo , Fator A de Crescimento do Endotélio Vascular/metabolismo
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OMICS ; 24(10): 568-580, 2020 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32757981

RESUMO

Although the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) is wreaking havoc and resulting in mortality and morbidity across the planet, novel treatments are urgently needed. Drug repurposing offers an innovative approach in this context. We report here new findings on the in silico potential of several antimalarial drugs for repurposing against COVID-19. We conducted analyses by docking the compounds against two SARS-CoV-2-specific targets: (1) the receptor binding domain spike protein and (2) the main protease of the virus (MPro) using the Schrödinger software. Importantly, the docking analysis revealed that doxycycline (DOX) showed the most effective binding to the spike protein of SARS-CoV-2, whereas halofantrine and mefloquine bound effectively with the main protease among the antimalarial drugs evaluated in the present study. The in silico approach reported here suggested that DOX could potentially be a good candidate for repurposing for COVID-19. In contrast, to decipher the actual potential of DOX and halofantrine against COVID-19, further in vitro and in vivo studies are called for. Drug repurposing warrants consideration as a viable research and innovation avenue as planetary health efforts to fight the COVID-19 continue.


Assuntos
Antimaláricos/farmacologia , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Reposicionamento de Medicamentos/métodos , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Antimaláricos/química , Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/química , Sítios de Ligação , Simulação por Computador , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Cisteína Endopeptidases/efeitos dos fármacos , Doxiciclina/química , Doxiciclina/farmacologia , Avaliação Pré-Clínica de Medicamentos , Humanos , Simulação de Acoplamento Molecular , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/química , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/efeitos dos fármacos , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/efeitos dos fármacos
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