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Sci Rep ; 10(1): 16099, 2020 09 30.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32999356

RESUMO

SARS-CoV-2 is the cause of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Here, we investigated the interaction of this new coronavirus with Vero cells using high resolution scanning electron microscopy. Surface morphology, the interior of infected cells and the distribution of viral particles in both environments were observed 2 and 48 h after infection. We showed areas of viral processing, details of vacuole contents, and viral interactions with the cell surface. Intercellular connections were also approached, and viral particles were adhered to these extensions suggesting direct cell-to-cell transmission of SARS-CoV-2.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/ultraestrutura , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/fisiologia , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Humanos , Microscopia Eletrônica de Varredura , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Células Vero
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Signal Transduct Target Ther ; 5(1): 218, 2020 10 03.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33011739

Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Glicosídeos Cardíacos/farmacologia , Regulação da Expressão Gênica/efeitos dos fármacos , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/efeitos dos fármacos , Animais , Antivirais/química , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Produtos Biológicos/química , Produtos Biológicos/farmacologia , Bufanolídeos/química , Bufanolídeos/farmacologia , Glicosídeos Cardíacos/química , Sobrevivência Celular/efeitos dos fármacos , Chlorocebus aethiops , Cloroquina/química , Cloroquina/farmacologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Digoxina/química , Digoxina/farmacologia , Ensaios de Triagem em Larga Escala , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/genética , Humanos , Janus Quinases/antagonistas & inibidores , Janus Quinases/genética , Janus Quinases/metabolismo , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por Mitógeno/antagonistas & inibidores , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por Mitógeno/genética , Proteínas Quinases Ativadas por Mitógeno/metabolismo , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/antagonistas & inibidores , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/genética , Fator 2 Relacionado a NF-E2/metabolismo , NF-kappa B/antagonistas & inibidores , NF-kappa B/genética , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Pandemias , Fenantrenos/química , Fenantrenos/farmacologia , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Transdução de Sinais , ATPase Trocadora de Sódio-Potássio/antagonistas & inibidores , ATPase Trocadora de Sódio-Potássio/genética , ATPase Trocadora de Sódio-Potássio/metabolismo , Células Vero , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
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Signal Transduct Target Ther ; 5(1): 220, 2020 10 06.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33024075
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Sci Rep ; 10(1): 16200, 2020 10 01.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33004837

RESUMO

The current coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is exacerbated by the absence of effective therapeutic agents. Notably, patients with COVID-19 and comorbidities such as hypertension and cardiac diseases have a higher mortality rate. An efficient strategy in response to this issue is repurposing drugs with antiviral activity for therapeutic effect. Digoxin (DIG) and ouabain (OUA) are FDA drugs for heart diseases that have antiviral activity against several coronaviruses. Thus, we aimed to assess antiviral activity of DIG and OUA against SARS-CoV-2 infection. The half-maximal inhibitory concentrations (IC50) of DIG and OUA were determined at a nanomolar concentration. Progeny virus titers of single-dose treatment of DIG, OUA and remdesivir were approximately 103-, 104- and 103-fold lower (> 99% inhibition), respectively, than that of non-treated control or chloroquine at 48 h post-infection (hpi). Furthermore, therapeutic treatment with DIG and OUA inhibited over 99% of SARS-CoV-2 replication, leading to viral inhibition at the post entry stage of the viral life cycle. Collectively, these results suggest that DIG and OUA may be an alternative treatment for COVID-19, with potential additional therapeutic effects for patients with cardiovascular disease.


Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Digoxina/farmacologia , Ouabaína/farmacologia , Replicação Viral , Monofosfato de Adenosina/análogos & derivados , Monofosfato de Adenosina/farmacologia , Alanina/análogos & derivados , Alanina/farmacologia , Animais , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Chlorocebus aethiops , Cloroquina/farmacologia , Concentração Inibidora 50 , Células Vero
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4953, 2020 10 02.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-33009400

RESUMO

Zika virus (ZIKV) is an emerging mosquito borne flavivirus and a major public health concern causing severe disease. Due to the presence of a lipid membrane and structural heterogeneity, attaining an atomic resolution structure is challenging, but important to understand virus assembly and life cycle mechanisms that offer distinct targets for therapeutic intervention. We here use subvolume refinement to achieve a 3.4 Å resolution structure and identify two distinct lipid moieties. The first arises from the inner leaflet and is coordinated by hydrophobic residues of the M and E transmembrane helices that form a binding pocket not previously characterized. The second lipid arises from the outer leaflet coordinate between two E protein helices. Structure-based mutagenesis identifies critical hydrophobic interactions and their effect on the virus life cycle. Results show that lipids play an essential role in the ZIKV assembly pathway revealing a potential target of lipid based antiviral drug development.


Assuntos
Montagem de Vírus/fisiologia , Zika virus/fisiologia , Animais , Chlorocebus aethiops , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Células Vero , Vírion/ultraestrutura , Zika virus/isolamento & purificação , Zika virus/ultraestrutura
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Cell Rep ; 32(12): 108175, 2020 09 22.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32946807

RESUMO

To predict the tropism of human coronaviruses, we profile 28 SARS-CoV-2 and coronavirus-associated receptors and factors (SCARFs) using single-cell transcriptomics across various healthy human tissues. SCARFs include cellular factors both facilitating and restricting viral entry. Intestinal goblet cells, enterocytes, and kidney proximal tubule cells appear highly permissive to SARS-CoV-2, consistent with clinical data. Our analysis also predicts non-canonical entry paths for lung and brain infections. Spermatogonial cells and prostate endocrine cells also appear to be permissive to SARS-CoV-2 infection, suggesting male-specific vulnerabilities. Both pro- and anti-viral factors are highly expressed within the nasal epithelium, with potential age-dependent variation, predicting an important battleground for coronavirus infection. Our analysis also suggests that early embryonic and placental development are at moderate risk of infection. Lastly, SCARF expression appears broadly conserved across a subset of primate organs examined. Our study establishes a resource for investigations of coronavirus biology and pathology.


Assuntos
Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Mucosa Nasal/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Receptores Virais/genética , Tropismo Viral/genética , Internalização do Vírus , Células A549 , Animais , Betacoronavirus/crescimento & desenvolvimento , Linhagem Celular , Chlorocebus aethiops , Enterócitos/metabolismo , Perfilação da Expressão Gênica , Células Caliciformes/metabolismo , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Túbulos Renais Proximais/citologia , Túbulos Renais Proximais/metabolismo , Mucosa Nasal/virologia , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/genética , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Serina Endopeptidases/genética , Serina Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Análise de Célula Única , Células Vero
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Cells ; 9(9)2020 09 15.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32942671

RESUMO

The small molecule macrocyclic lactone ivermectin, approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for parasitic infections, has received renewed attention in the last eight years due to its apparent exciting potential as an antiviral. It was identified in a high-throughput chemical screen as inhibiting recognition of the nuclear localizing Human Immunodeficiency Virus-1 (HIV-1) integrase protein by the host heterodimeric importin (IMP) α/ß1 complex, and has since been shown to bind directly to IMPα to induce conformational changes that prevent its normal function in mediating nuclear import of key viral and host proteins. Excitingly, cell culture experiments show robust antiviral action towards HIV-1, dengue virus (DENV), Zika virus, West Nile virus, Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus, Chikungunya virus, Pseudorabies virus, adenovirus, and SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). Phase III human clinical trials have been completed for DENV, with >50 trials currently in progress worldwide for SARS-CoV-2. This mini-review discusses the case for ivermectin as a host-directed broad-spectrum antiviral agent for a range of viruses, including SARS-CoV-2.


Assuntos
Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , HIV-1/efeitos dos fármacos , Ivermectina/farmacologia , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Animais , Linhagem Celular , Chlorocebus aethiops , Dengue/tratamento farmacológico , Vírus da Dengue/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por HIV/tratamento farmacológico , Integrase de HIV/efeitos dos fármacos , Inibidores de Integrase de HIV/farmacologia , Humanos , Pandemias , Células Vero , Zika virus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecção por Zika virus/tratamento farmacológico
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PLoS Pathog ; 16(9): e1008883, 2020 09.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32956394

RESUMO

Infection by human parainfluenza viruses (HPIVs) causes widespread lower respiratory diseases, including croup, bronchiolitis, and pneumonia, and there are no vaccines or effective treatments for these viruses. HPIV3 is a member of the Respirovirus species of the Paramyxoviridae family. These viruses are pleomorphic, enveloped viruses with genomes composed of single-stranded negative-sense RNA. During viral entry, the first step of infection, the viral fusion complex, comprised of the receptor-binding glycoprotein hemagglutinin-neuraminidase (HN) and the fusion glycoprotein (F), mediates fusion upon receptor binding. The HPIV3 transmembrane protein HN, like the receptor-binding proteins of other related viruses that enter host cells using membrane fusion, binds to a receptor molecule on the host cell plasma membrane, which triggers the F glycoprotein to undergo major conformational rearrangements, promoting viral entry. Subsequent fusion of the viral and host membranes allows delivery of the viral genetic material into the host cell. The intermediate states in viral entry are transient and thermodynamically unstable, making it impossible to understand these transitions using standard methods, yet understanding these transition states is important for expanding our knowledge of the viral entry process. In this study, we use cryo-electron tomography (cryo-ET) to dissect the stepwise process by which the receptor-binding protein triggers F-mediated fusion, when forming a complex with receptor-bearing membranes. Using an on-grid antibody capture method that facilitates examination of fresh, biologically active strains of virus directly from supernatant fluids and a series of biological tools that permit the capture of intermediate states in the fusion process, we visualize the series of events that occur when a pristine, authentic viral particle interacts with target receptors and proceeds from the viral entry steps of receptor engagement to membrane fusion.


Assuntos
Membrana Celular/metabolismo , Proteína HN/metabolismo , Vírus da Parainfluenza 3 Humana/metabolismo , Proteínas Virais de Fusão/metabolismo , Internalização do Vírus , Animais , Membrana Celular/ultraestrutura , Chlorocebus aethiops , Humanos , Vírus da Parainfluenza 3 Humana/ultraestrutura , Células Vero
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mBio ; 11(5)2020 09 25.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32978313

RESUMO

Infectious coronavirus (CoV) disease 2019 (COVID-19) emerged in the city of Wuhan (China) in December 2019, causing a pandemic that has dramatically impacted public health and socioeconomic activities worldwide. A previously unknown coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome CoV-2 (SARS-CoV-2), has been identified as the causative agent of COVID-19. To date, there are no U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved vaccines or therapeutics available for the prevention or treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection and/or associated COVID-19 disease, which has triggered a large influx of scientific efforts to develop countermeasures to control SARS-CoV-2 spread. To contribute to these efforts, we have developed an infectious cDNA clone of the SARS-CoV-2 USA-WA1/2020 strain based on the use of a bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC). Recombinant SARS-CoV-2 (rSARS-CoV-2) was readily rescued by transfection of the BAC into Vero E6 cells. Importantly, BAC-derived rSARS-CoV-2 exhibited growth properties and plaque sizes in cultured cells comparable to those of the natural SARS-CoV-2 isolate. Likewise, rSARS-CoV-2 showed levels of replication similar to those of the natural isolate in nasal turbinates and lungs of infected golden Syrian hamsters. This is, to our knowledge, the first BAC-based reverse genetics system for the generation of infectious rSARS-CoV-2 that displays features in vivo similar to those of a natural viral isolate. This SARS-CoV-2 BAC-based reverse genetics will facilitate studies addressing several important questions in the biology of SARS-CoV-2, as well as the identification of antivirals and development of vaccines for the treatment of SARS-CoV-2 infection and associated COVID-19 disease.IMPORTANCE The pandemic coronavirus (CoV) disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome CoV-2 (SARS-CoV-2) is a major threat to global human health. To date, there are no approved prophylactics or therapeutics available for COVID-19. Reverse genetics is a powerful approach to understand factors involved in viral pathogenesis, antiviral screening, and vaccine development. In this study, we describe the feasibility of generating recombinant SARS-CoV-2 (rSARS-CoV-2) by transfection of a single bacterial artificial chromosome (BAC). Importantly, rSARS-CoV-2 possesses the same phenotype as the natural isolate in vitro and in vivo This is the first description of a BAC-based reverse genetics system for SARS-CoV-2 and the first time that an rSARS-CoV-2 isolate has been shown to be phenotypically identical to a natural isolate in a validated animal model of SARS-CoV-2 infection. The BAC-based reverse genetics approach will facilitate the study of SARS-CoV-2 and the development of prophylactics and therapeutics for the treatment of COVID-19.


Assuntos
Betacoronavirus/genética , Cromossomos Artificiais Bacterianos/genética , Animais , Betacoronavirus/patogenicidade , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Cricetinae , DNA Complementar/genética , Genoma Viral/genética , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , RNA Viral/genética , Genética Reversa , Células Vero , Replicação Viral
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4528, 2020 09 10.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32913273

RESUMO

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) spreads worldwide and leads to an unprecedented medical burden and lives lost. Neutralizing antibodies provide efficient blockade for viral infection and are a promising category of biological therapies. Here, using SARS-CoV-2 spike receptor-binding domain (RBD) as a bait, we generate a panel of humanized single domain antibodies (sdAbs) from a synthetic library. These sdAbs reveal binding kinetics with the equilibrium dissociation constant (KD) of 0.99-35.5 nM. The monomeric sdAbs show half maximal neutralization concentration (EC50) of 0.0009-0.07 µg/mL and 0.13-0.51 µg/mL against SARS-CoV-2 pseudotypes, and authentic SARS-CoV-2, respectively. Competitive ligand-binding experiments suggest that the sdAbs either completely block or significantly inhibit the association between SARS-CoV-2 RBD and viral entry receptor ACE2. Fusion of the human IgG1 Fc to sdAbs improve their neutralization activity by up to ten times. These results support neutralizing sdAbs as a potential alternative for antiviral therapies.


Assuntos
Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Anticorpos de Domínio Único/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Animais , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/farmacologia , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Imunoglobulina G , Modelos Moleculares , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Ligação Proteica , Receptores Virais/imunologia , Anticorpos de Domínio Único/farmacologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo , Células Vero
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J Korean Med Sci ; 2020 09 14.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32924345

RESUMO

The advent of the global pandemic caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) necessitates a thorough study of the stability and transmissibility in the environment. We characterized the stability of SARS-CoV-2 in three water matrices: fresh, tap, and seawater. The minimum infective dose of SARS-CoV-2 in Vero cells was confirmed to be 10³ PFU/mL. The stability of SARS-CoV-2 varied according to the water matrix: infective SARS-CoV-2 was undetectable after treatment with fresh water and seawater, but remained detectable for 2 days in tap water, when starting with an initial concentration of 104 PFU/mL. When the starting concentration was increased to 105 PFU/mL, a similar trend was observed. In addition, viral RNA persisted longer than infectious virus in all water matrices. This study was conducted in stagnant water containing a significantly high titer of virus, thus, human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2 through the actual aquatic environment is expected to be rare.


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Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Água Potável/virologia , Água Doce/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Água do Mar/virologia , Microbiologia da Água , Abastecimento de Água , Animais , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/transmissão , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/transmissão , Células Vero , Carga Viral , Cultura de Vírus , Inativação de Vírus
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Sci Adv ; 6(35): eaba7910, 2020 08.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32923629

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Targeting a universal host protein exploited by most viruses would be a game-changing strategy that offers broad-spectrum solution and rapid pandemic control including the current COVID-19. Here, we found a common YxxØ-motif of multiple viruses that exploits host AP2M1 for intracellular trafficking. A library chemical, N-(p-amylcinnamoyl)anthranilic acid (ACA), was identified to interrupt AP2M1-virus interaction and exhibit potent antiviral efficacy against a number of viruses in vitro and in vivo, including the influenza A viruses (IAVs), Zika virus (ZIKV), human immunodeficiency virus, and coronaviruses including MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2. YxxØ mutation, AP2M1 depletion, or disruption by ACA causes incorrect localization of viral proteins, which is exemplified by the failure of nuclear import of IAV nucleoprotein and diminished endoplasmic reticulum localization of ZIKV-NS3 and enterovirus-A71-2C proteins, thereby suppressing viral replication. Our study reveals an evolutionarily conserved mechanism of protein-protein interaction between host and virus that can serve as a broad-spectrum antiviral target.


Assuntos
Proteínas Adaptadoras de Transporte Vesicular/metabolismo , Antivirais/farmacologia , Cinamatos/farmacologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por HIV/tratamento farmacológico , Influenza Humana/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , ortoaminobenzoatos/farmacologia , Células A549 , Animais , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Sítios de Ligação/genética , Linhagem Celular Tumoral , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/patologia , Cães , Células HEK293 , Infecções por HIV/patologia , HIV-1/efeitos dos fármacos , Interações Hospedeiro-Patógeno/efeitos dos fármacos , Humanos , Vírus da Influenza A/efeitos dos fármacos , Influenza Humana/patologia , Células Madin Darby de Rim Canino , Camundongos , Camundongos Endogâmicos BALB C , Camundongos Endogâmicos C57BL , Camundongos Knockout , Coronavírus da Síndrome Respiratória do Oriente Médio/efeitos dos fármacos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/patologia , Ligação Proteica/genética , Transporte Proteico/efeitos dos fármacos , RNA Viral/genética , Receptor de Interferon alfa e beta/genética , Fator de Crescimento Transformador beta1/metabolismo , Células Vero , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos , Zika virus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecção por Zika virus/patologia
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4682, 2020 09 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32943628

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The ongoing Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2), has emphasized the urgent need for antiviral therapeutics. The viral RNA-dependent-RNA-polymerase (RdRp) is a promising target with polymerase inhibitors successfully used for the treatment of several viral diseases. We demonstrate here that Favipiravir predominantly exerts an antiviral effect through lethal mutagenesis. The SARS-CoV RdRp complex is at least 10-fold more active than any other viral RdRp known. It possesses both unusually high nucleotide incorporation rates and high-error rates allowing facile insertion of Favipiravir into viral RNA, provoking C-to-U and G-to-A transitions in the already low cytosine content SARS-CoV-2 genome. The coronavirus RdRp complex represents an Achilles heel for SARS-CoV, supporting nucleoside analogues as promising candidates for the treatment of COVID-19.


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Amidas/farmacologia , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pirazinas/farmacologia , Amidas/farmacocinética , Animais , Antivirais/farmacocinética , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Modelos Moleculares , Mutagênese/efeitos dos fármacos , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Pirazinas/farmacocinética , RNA Replicase/química , RNA Replicase/metabolismo , RNA Viral/genética , RNA Viral/metabolismo , Análise de Sequência , Células Vero , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
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J Transl Med ; 18(1): 362, 2020 09 23.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32967693

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Since the first outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the clinical characteristics of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) have been progressively changed. Data reporting a viral intra-host and inter-host evolution favouring the appearance of mild SARS-CoV-2 strains are since being accumulating. To better understand the evolution of SARS-CoV-2 pathogenicity and its adaptation to the host, it is therefore crucial to investigate the genetic and phenotypic characteristics of SARS-CoV-2 strains circulating lately in the epidemic. METHODS: Nasopharyngeal swabs have been analyzed for viral load in the early (March 2020) and late (May 2020) phases of epidemic in Brescia, Italy. Isolation of SARS-CoV-2 from 2 high viral load specimens identified on March 9 (AP66) and on May 8 (GZ69) was performed on Vero E6 cells. Amount of virus released was assessed by quantitative PCR. Genotypic characterization of AP66 and GZ69 was performed by next generation sequencing followed by an in-depth in silico analysis of nucleotide mutations. RESULTS: The SARS-CoV-2 GZ69 strain, isolated in May from an asymptomatic healthcare worker, showed an unprecedented capability of replication in Vero E6 cells in the absence of any evident cytopathic effect. Vero E6 subculturing, up to passage 4, showed that SARS-CoV-2 GZ69 infection was as productive as the one sustained by the cytopathic strain AP66. Whole genome sequencing of the persistently replicating SARS-CoV-2 GZ69 has shown that this strain differs from the early AP66 variant in 9 nucleotide positions (C2939T; C3828T; G21784T; T21846C; T24631C; G28881A; G28882A; G28883C; G29810T) which lead to 6 non-synonymous substitutions spanning on ORF1ab (P892S; S1188L), S (K74N; I95T) and N (R203K, G204R) proteins. CONCLUSIONS: Identification of the peculiar SARS-CoV-2 GZ69 strain in the late Italian epidemic highlights the need to better characterize viral variants circulating among asymptomatic or paucisymptomatic individuals. The current approach could unravel the ways for future studies aimed at analyzing the selection process which favours viral mutations in the human host.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Variação Genética , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Substituição de Aminoácidos , Animais , Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/epidemiologia , Efeito Citopatogênico Viral/genética , Efeito Citopatogênico Viral/fisiologia , Genoma Viral , Humanos , Itália/epidemiologia , Mutação , Pandemias , Filogenia , Pneumonia Viral/epidemiologia , Polimorfismo de Nucleotídeo Único , Pesquisa Médica Translacional , Células Vero , Proteínas Virais/genética , Proteínas Virais/fisiologia , Cultura de Vírus/métodos , Replicação Viral/genética , Replicação Viral/fisiologia , Sequenciamento Completo do Genoma
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4420, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32887876

RESUMO

SARS-CoV-2 enters host cells through an interaction between the spike glycoprotein and the angiotensin converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) receptor. Directly preventing this interaction presents an attractive possibility for suppressing SARS-CoV-2 replication. Here, we report the isolation and characterization of an alpaca-derived single domain antibody fragment, Ty1, that specifically targets the receptor binding domain (RBD) of the SARS-CoV-2 spike, directly preventing ACE2 engagement. Ty1 binds the RBD with high affinity, occluding ACE2. A cryo-electron microscopy structure of the bound complex at 2.9 Å resolution reveals that Ty1 binds to an epitope on the RBD accessible in both the 'up' and 'down' conformations, sterically hindering RBD-ACE2 binding. While fusion to an Fc domain renders Ty1 extremely potent, Ty1 neutralizes SARS-CoV-2 spike pseudovirus as a 12.8 kDa nanobody, which can be expressed in high quantities in bacteria, presenting opportunities for manufacturing at scale. Ty1 is therefore an excellent candidate as an intervention against COVID-19.


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Inibidores da Enzima Conversora de Angiotensina/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Camelídeos Americanos/imunologia , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Anticorpos de Domínio Único/farmacologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/antagonistas & inibidores , Sequência de Aminoácidos , Animais , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/imunologia , Anticorpos Neutralizantes/farmacologia , Anticorpos Antivirais/química , Anticorpos Antivirais/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/imunologia , Betacoronavirus/metabolismo , Sítios de Ligação , Chlorocebus aethiops , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Microscopia Crioeletrônica , Epitopos/imunologia , Epitopos/metabolismo , Células HEK293 , Humanos , Masculino , Modelos Moleculares , Pandemias , Peptidil Dipeptidase A/química , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Ligação Proteica , Anticorpos de Domínio Único/imunologia , Anticorpos de Domínio Único/isolamento & purificação , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/química , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/imunologia , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/metabolismo , Células Vero
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4417, 2020 09 04.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32887884

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COVID-19 was declared a pandemic on March 11 by WHO, due to its great threat to global public health. The coronavirus main protease (Mpro, also called 3CLpro) is essential for processing and maturation of the viral polyprotein, therefore recognized as an attractive drug target. Here we show that a clinically approved anti-HCV drug, Boceprevir, and a pre-clinical inhibitor against feline infectious peritonitis (corona) virus (FIPV), GC376, both efficaciously inhibit SARS-CoV-2 in Vero cells by targeting Mpro. Moreover, combined application of GC376 with Remdesivir, a nucleotide analogue that inhibits viral RNA dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp), results in sterilizing additive effect. Further structural analysis reveals binding of both inhibitors to the catalytically active side of SARS-CoV-2 protease Mpro as main mechanism of inhibition. Our findings may provide critical information for the optimization and design of more potent inhibitors against the emerging SARS-CoV-2 virus.


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Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/tratamento farmacológico , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/tratamento farmacológico , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Prolina/análogos & derivados , Inibidores de Proteases/farmacologia , Pirrolidinas/farmacologia , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/antagonistas & inibidores , Animais , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/enzimologia , Sítios de Ligação/efeitos dos fármacos , Domínio Catalítico , Chlorocebus aethiops , Cristalografia por Raios X , Cisteína Endopeptidases/química , Cisteína Endopeptidases/metabolismo , Modelos Animais de Doenças , Ensaios de Triagem em Larga Escala , Modelos Moleculares , Pandemias , Prolina/farmacologia , RNA Replicase/antagonistas & inibidores , RNA Replicase/química , RNA Replicase/metabolismo , Células Vero , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/química , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/metabolismo , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
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PLoS One ; 15(9): e0238614, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32936826

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and associated with severe respiratory illness emerged in Wuhan, China, in late 2019. The virus has been able to spread promptly across all continents in the world. The current pandemic has posed a great threat to public health concern and safety. Currently, there are no specific treatments or licensed vaccines available for COVID-19. We isolated SARS-CoV-2 from the nasopharyngeal sample of a patient in Turkey with confirmed COVID-19. We determined that the Vero E6 and MA-104 cell lines are suitable for supporting SARS-CoV-2 that supports viral replication, development of cytopathic effect (CPE) and subsequent cell death. Phylogenetic analyses of the whole genome sequences showed that the hCoV-19/Turkey/ERAGEM-001/2020 strain clustered with the strains primarily from Australia, Canada, England, Iran and Kuwait and that the cases in the nearby clusters were reported to have travel history to Iran and to share the common unique nucleotide substitutions.


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Betacoronavirus/isolamento & purificação , Pandemias , Cultura de Vírus/métodos , Animais , Austrália , Betacoronavirus/genética , Betacoronavirus/fisiologia , Canadá , Linhagem Celular , Chlorocebus aethiops , Busca de Comunicante , Infecções por Coronavirus , Efeito Citopatogênico Viral , DNA Complementar/genética , DNA Viral/genética , Inglaterra , Genoma Viral , Células HeLa , Humanos , Irã (Geográfico) , Kuweit , Macaca mulatta , Nasofaringe/virologia , Filogenia , Pneumonia Viral , Análise de Sequência de DNA , Viagem , Turquia/epidemiologia , Células Vero , Replicação Viral
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Nat Commun ; 11(1): 4693, 2020 09 17.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32943634

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The alphavirus capsid protein (Cp) selectively packages genomic RNA (gRNA) into the viral nucleocapsid to produce infectious virus. Using photoactivatable ribonucleoside crosslinking and an innovative biotinylated Cp retrieval method, here we comprehensively define binding sites for Semliki Forest virus (SFV) Cp on the gRNA. While data in infected cells demonstrate Cp binding to the proposed genome packaging signal (PS), mutagenesis experiments show that PS is not required for production of infectious SFV or Chikungunya virus. Instead, we identify multiple Cp binding sites that are enriched on gRNA-specific regions and promote infectious SFV production and gRNA packaging. Comparisons of binding sites in cytoplasmic vs. viral nucleocapsids demonstrate that budding causes discrete changes in Cp-gRNA interactions. Notably, Cp's top binding site is maintained throughout virus assembly, and specifically binds and assembles with Cp into core-like particles in vitro. Together our data suggest a model for selective alphavirus genome recognition and assembly.


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Alphavirus/metabolismo , Proteínas do Capsídeo/metabolismo , Capsídeo/metabolismo , Genômica , RNA Viral/genética , Alphavirus/genética , Alphavirus/ultraestrutura , Animais , Sítios de Ligação , Capsídeo/química , Proteínas do Capsídeo/química , Proteínas do Capsídeo/genética , Vírus Chikungunya/genética , Chlorocebus aethiops , Modelos Moleculares , Nucleocapsídeo/metabolismo , Ligação Proteica , RNA Viral/química , Vírus da Floresta de Semliki/metabolismo , Células Vero , Montagem de Vírus , Replicação Viral
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Ann Saudi Med ; 40(5): 373-381, 2020.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32954791

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BACKGROUND: The pandemic of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-COV-2) has prompted a need for mass testing to identify patients with viral infection. The high demand has created a global bottleneck in testing capacity, which prompted us to modify available resources to extract viral RNA and perform reverse transcription quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) to detect SARS-COV-2. OBJECTIVES: Report on the use of a DNA extraction kit, after modifications, to extract viral RNA that could then be detected using an FDA-approved SARS-COV-2 RT-qPCR assay. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Initially, automated RNA extraction was performed using a modified DNA kit on samples from control subjects, a bacteriophage, and an RNA virus. We then verified the automated extraction using the modified kit to detect in-lab propagated SARSCOV-2 titrations using an FDA approved commercial kit (S, N, and ORF1b genes) and an in-house primer-probe based assay (E, RdRp2 and RdRp4 genes). RESULTS: Automated RNA extraction on serial dilutions SARS-COV-2 achieved successful one-step RT-qPCR detection down to 60 copies using the commercial kit assay and less than 30 copies using the in-house primer-probe assay. Moreover, RT-qPCR detection was successful after automated RNA extraction using this modified protocol on 12 patient samples of SARS-COV-2 collected by nasopharyngeal swabs and stored in viral transport media. CONCLUSIONS: We demonstrated the capacity of a modified DNA extraction kit for automated viral RNA extraction and detection using a platform that is suitable for mass testing. LIMITATIONS: Small patient sample size. CONFLICT OF INTEREST: None.


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Betacoronavirus/genética , Infecções por Coronavirus/diagnóstico , Sequenciamento de Nucleotídeos em Larga Escala/métodos , Nasofaringe/virologia , Pneumonia Viral/diagnóstico , RNA Viral/isolamento & purificação , Reação em Cadeia da Polimerase Via Transcriptase Reversa/métodos , Animais , Automação , Chlorocebus aethiops , Técnicas de Laboratório Clínico , Vírus da Encefalomiocardite/genética , Humanos , Levivirus/genética , Proteínas do Nucleocapsídeo/genética , Pandemias , RNA Replicase/genética , RNA Viral/análise , Análise de Sequência de RNA , Glicoproteína da Espícula de Coronavírus/genética , Células Vero , Proteínas do Envelope Viral/genética , Proteínas não Estruturais Virais/genética
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Phytomedicine ; 78: 153296, 2020 Nov.
Artigo em Inglês | MEDLINE | ID: mdl-32890913

RESUMO

BACKGROUND: Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) has extensively and rapidly spread in the world, causing an outbreak of acute infectious pneumonia. However, no specific antiviral drugs or vaccines can be used. Phillyrin (KD-1), a representative ingredient of Forsythia suspensa, possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant, and antiviral activities. However, little is known about the antiviral abilities and mechanism of KD-1 against SARS-CoV-2 and human coronavirus 229E (HCoV-229E). PURPOSE: The study was designed to investigate the antiviral and anti-inflammatory activities of KD-1 against the novel SARS-CoV-2 and HCoV-229E and its potential effect in regulating host immune response in vitro. METHODS: The antiviral activities of KD-1 against SARS-CoV-2 and HCoV-229E were assessed in Vero E6 cells using cytopathic effect and plaque-reduction assay. Proinflammatory cytokine expression levels upon infection with SARS-CoV-2 and HCoV-229E infection in Huh-7 cells were measured by real-time quantitative PCR assays. Western blot assay was used to determine the protein expression of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-κB) p65, p-NF-κB p65, IκBα, and p-IκBα in Huh-7 cells, which are the key targets of the NF-κB pathway. RESULTS: KD-1 could significantly inhibit SARS-CoV-2 and HCoV-229E replication in vitro. KD-1 could also markedly reduce the production of proinflammatory cytokines (TNF-α, IL-6, IL-1ß, MCP-1, and IP-10) at the mRNA levels. Moreover, KD-1 could significantly reduce the protein expression of p-NF-κB p65, NF-κB p65, and p-IκBα, while increasing the expression of IκBα in Huh-7 cells. CONCLUSIONS: KD-1 could significantly inhibit virus proliferation in vitro, the up-regulated expression of proinflammatory cytokines induced by SARS-CoV-2 and HCoV-229E by regulating the activity of the NF-кB signaling pathway. Our findings indicated that KD-1 protected against virus attack and can thus be used as a novel strategy for controlling the coronavirus disease 2019.


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Anti-Inflamatórios/farmacologia , Antivirais/farmacologia , Betacoronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Coronavirus Humano 229E/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus , Glucosídeos/farmacologia , NF-kappa B/metabolismo , Pandemias , Pneumonia Viral , Animais , Chlorocebus aethiops , Coronavirus/efeitos dos fármacos , Infecções por Coronavirus/metabolismo , Infecções por Coronavirus/virologia , Citocinas/metabolismo , Forsythia/química , Humanos , Fitoterapia , Extratos Vegetais/farmacologia , Pneumonia Viral/metabolismo , Pneumonia Viral/virologia , Síndrome Respiratória Aguda Grave/virologia , Transdução de Sinais/efeitos dos fármacos , Células Vero , Replicação Viral/efeitos dos fármacos
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