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SSRN; 2022.
Preprint in English | SSRN | ID: ppcovidwho-337942

ABSTRACT

Background: Monoclonal antibodies (mAb) targeting SARS-CoV-2 are predominantly less effective against Omicron variants. Immunocompromised patients often experience prolonged viral shedding and are therefore at increased risk for viral escape mutations, when mAbs are used as monotherapy. Methods: In an observational, prospective cohort, 57 patients infected with Omicron variants receiving sotrovimab alone or in combination with remdesivir were followed. The study endpoints were a decrease in SARS-CoV-2-RNA <10 6 copies/ml in nasopharyngeal swabs at day 21 and the emergence of resistance mutations at days 7, 14, and 21 after Sotrovimab administration. All SARS-CoV-2 samples were analyzed by whole-genome sequencing, individual variants within the quasispecies were subsequently quantified and further characterized by a pseudovirus neutralization assay. Findings: 47/57 patients (82·5%) were infected with Omicron/BA.1 and 10/57 (17·5%) with Omicron/BA.2. The vast majority of patients (43/57, 75·4%) were immunodeficient, predominantly due to immunosuppression after organ transplantation or hematologic malignancies. 21 days after sotrovimab administration, 12/43 (27·9%) of immunodeficient patients had prolonged viral shedding compared to 1/14 (7·1%) immunocompetent patients (p=0·010). Longitudinal sequencing revealed that 14/43 (32·6%) immunodeficient patients had in part Omicron-specific viral spike protein mutations (e.g., P337S and/or E340D/V) that substantially reduced susceptibility to sotrovimab in a pseudovirus neutralization assay. Combination therapy with remdesivir significantly reduced the selection of escape variants. Interpretation: Immunocompromised patients face a considerable risk of prolonged viral shedding and emergence of escape mutations after early therapy with sotrovimab. These findings underscore the importance of careful monitoring and the need to conduct dedicated clinical trials for this patient population. Funding Information: The study was funded by COVIM (FKZ: 01KX2021), a joint project funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the EuCARE project "European cohorts of patients and schools to advance response to epidemics", which is funded by the European Commission as part of the HORIZON HLTH 2021 CORONA 01 Grant No. 101046016, and the joint project Beyond COVID-19 funded by the Ministry of Culture and Science of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia. Declaration of Interests: NL received honoraria for presentations from Gilead, MSD, Abbvie, ViiV (outside the submitted work) and served on advisory boards for ViiV and Theratechnologies (outside the submitted work). BJ received honoraria for presentations from Gilead (remdesivir) and GSK (sotrovimab) as well as Falk, JanssenCilag, ViiV, Gilead, Fresenius Medical Care (outside the submitted work), received travel support from Gilead and served on advisory boards for ViiV, Gilead, Theratechnologies (outside the submitted work). TF was PI for a Gilead clinical trial (remdesivir) and served on Gilead advisory boards (outside the submitted work). TL received honoraria for lectures from Abbvie, BMS, Gilead and travel support von Gilead und Abbvie and served on advisory boards for Gilead. TL was involved in the development of the national recommendation on COVID-19 treatment. TL received honoraria for presentations for Abbvie, BMS and Gilead and received travel support from Gilead and Abbvie. HG and FK are listed as inventors on patent applications on SARS-CoV-2 neutralizing antibodies filed by the University of Cologne. AK received lecture fees from Gilead and participated on Advisory Boards for Gilead. AK was supported for attending meetings from Abbvie. All other authors declare no competing interest regarding this work. Ethics Approval Statement: The investigations were performed in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki, our study on COVID-19-associated risk factors, clinical course, and viral genomes was approved via the ethics vote of the local ethics committee of the medical faculty of Heinrich Heine University (study number 5350). All patients gave written informed consent.

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Eur J Med Res ; 27(1): 80, 2022 Jun 02.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1875029

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BACKGROUND: Vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 has been the main tool to contain the pandemic. The rush development of the 3 vaccines and their expedited approval have led to inoculation of millions of patients around the world, leading to a containment of the disease. Despite continuous viral mutations and the identification of weaker variants, the severity of the infections has been mild, with many patients being either asymptomatic or recovering at home. Currently the focus has shifted from the host of organ damage related to the infection to potential side effects of the vaccine. Myocarditis has been reported as one of the potential side effects from the mRNA vaccine, affecting young healthy individuals. Up to September 30, 2021, 1.243 cases of myocarditis after vaccination with BNT162b2 Comirnaty© were registered in young adults by the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute in Germany alone. The exact pathophysiology and the risk factors for myocarditis following vaccination remain unclear. We present a case series of eight patients with cardiac symptom shortly after SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccination (BNT162b6, Biontech, Comirnaty© or mRNA-1237 Moderna, Spikevax©). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eight patients between 13 and 56 years of age, vaccinated with either BNT162b2 or mRNA-1273 mRNA vaccine between January and August 2021 developed cardiac side effects shortly after either their first or second dose of the vaccine. Clinical data were retrieved from the clinical information system and analyzed. To support diagnosis of myocarditis or pericarditis, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed shortly after the onset of symptoms, with further investigations in severe cases. Symptoms were defined as dyspnea, chest pain and cardiac arrhythmia as determined by electrocardiography. RESULTS: Eight patients (5 males and 3 females) developed cardiac symptoms compatible with myocarditis, according to the CDC criteria, shortly after SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccination. Three patients (2 males, 1 female) required hospitalization due to severe chest pain and elevated troponin levels. All patients recovered fully within 7 days from the symptom onset. CONCLUSIONS: Our data suggest that cardiac adverse events such as myocarditis or pericarditis shortly after SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccination are rare but possible and occur particularly in male patients.


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BNT162 Vaccine , COVID-19 , Myocarditis , Vaccination , mRNA Vaccines , Adolescent , Adult , BNT162 Vaccine/adverse effects , COVID-19/prevention & control , Chest Pain , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Myocarditis/chemically induced , Pericarditis/chemically induced , SARS-CoV-2/genetics , Vaccination/adverse effects , Vaccines, Synthetic/adverse effects , Young Adult , mRNA Vaccines/adverse effects
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EuropePMC; 2022.
Preprint in English | EuropePMC | ID: ppcovidwho-335374

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Background: Since development and approval of the world´s first mRNA vaccines, created under pressure of the global pandemic caused by SARS-CoV-2, potential side effects have naturally been a much-debated topic. Vaccination may be one, if not the only way out of the pandemic claiming more than 4 million deaths worldwide to date. Potential side effects from vaccination have long been controversial, and case reports of fatal side effects have been published. Therefore, data are needed to identify persons being at high risk for potential side effects. Until September 30, 2021, 1.243 cases of myocarditis after vaccination with BNT162b2 Comirnaty © in young adults were registered by the Paul-Ehrlich-Institute in Germany alone. The exact pathophysiology and the risk factors for myocarditis following vaccination remain unclear. We present a case series of eight patients with cardiac symptom shortly after SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccination (BNT162b6, Biontech, Comirnaty © or mRNA-1237 Moderna, Spikevax © ). Patients and Methods Eight patients between 13-56 years of age, vaccinated with mRNA vaccine either BNT162b2 or mRNA-1273 between January and August 2021 developed cardiac side effects shortly after either their first or second vaccination. Clinical data were retrieved from the clinical information system and analyzed. To support diagnosis of myocarditis or pericarditis, cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was performed shortly after onset of symptoms and investigated further in severe cases. Symptoms were defined as dyspnea, chest pain, cardiac arrhythmia as determined by electrocardiography. Results: Eight patients (five males and three females) developed cardiac symptoms compatible with myocarditis according to CDC criteria shortly after SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccination. Three patients (two males, one female) required hospitalization due to severe chest pain and elevated troponin levels. All patients recovered fully within seven days after symptom onset Conclusion: Our data suggest that cardiac adverse events such as myocarditis or pericarditis shortly after SARS-CoV-2 mRNA vaccination are rare but possible and occur particularly in male patients.

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Front Immunol ; 12: 645989, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1389177

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We describe the unique disease course and cure of SARS-CoV-2 infection in a patient with SCID and graft failure. In absence of a humoral immune response, viral clearance was only achieved after transfusion of convalescent plasma. This observation underscores the necessity of the humoral immune response for SARS-CoV-2 clearance.


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COVID-19/therapy , SARS-CoV-2/physiology , Severe Combined Immunodeficiency/complications , Adult , Antibodies, Viral/blood , COVID-19/complications , COVID-19/immunology , COVID-19/virology , Female , Graft Rejection/complications , Graft Rejection/immunology , Graft Rejection/virology , Humans , Immunization, Passive , Severe Combined Immunodeficiency/immunology , Severe Combined Immunodeficiency/virology , Sustained Virologic Response , Viral Load , Virus Replication
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Clin Case Rep ; 9(5): e04068, 2021 May.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1242709

ABSTRACT

This case of secondary sclerosing cholangitis (SSC-CIP) emphasizes the need to provide follow-up care for patients that have recovered from COVID-19 in order to understand the complexity of SARS-CoV-2 associated sequela.

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Trials ; 22(1): 343, 2021 May 17.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1232435

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OBJECTIVES: Currently, there are no approved treatments for early disease stages of COVID-19 and few strategies to prevent disease progression after infection with SARS-CoV-2. The objective of this study is to evaluate the safety and efficacy of convalescent plasma (CP) or camostat mesylate administered within 72 h of diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 infection in adult individuals with pre-existing risk factors at higher risk of getting seriously ill with COVID-19. Camostat mesylate acts as an inhibitor of the host cell serine protease TMPRSS2 and prevents the virus from entering the cell. CP represents another antiviral strategy in terms of passive immunization. The working hypothesis to be tested in the RES-Q-HR study is that the early use of CP or camostat mesylate reduces the likelihood of disease progression to (modified) WHO stages 4b-8 in SARS-CoV-2-positive adult patients at high risk of moderate or severe COVID-19 progression. TRIAL DESIGN: This study is a 4-arm (parallel group), multicenter, randomized (2:2:1:1 ratio), partly double-blind, controlled trial to evaluate the safety and efficacy of convalescent plasma (CP) or camostat mesylate with control or placebo in adult patients diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 infection and high risk for progression to moderate/severe COVID-19. Superiority of the intervention arms will be tested. PARTICIPANTS: The trial is conducted at 10-15 tertiary care centers in Germany. Individuals aged 18 years or above with ability to provide written informed consent with SARS-CoV-2 infection, confirmed by PCR within 3 days or less before enrolment and the presence of at least one SARS-CoV-2 symptom (such as fever, cough, shortness of breath, sore throat, headache, fatigue, smell/and or taste disorder, diarrhea, abdominal symptoms, exanthema) and symptom duration of not more than 3 days. Further inclusion criteria comprise: Presence of at least one of the following criteria indicating increased risk for severe COVID-19: Age > 75 years Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and/or pulmonary fibrosis BMI > 40 kg/m2 Age > 65 years with at least one other risk factor (BMI > 35 kg/m2, coronary artery disease (CAD), chronic kidney disease (CKD) with GFR < 60 ml/min but ≥ 30 ml/min, diabetes mellitus, active tumor disease) BMI > 35 kg/m2 with at least one other risk factor (CAD, CKD with GFR < 60 ml/min but ≥ 30 ml/min, diabetes mellitus, active tumor disease) Exclusion criteria: 1. Age < 18 years 2. Unable to give informed consent 3. Pregnant women or breastfeeding mothers 4. Previous transfusion reaction or other contraindication to a plasma transfusion 5. Known hypersensitivity to camostat mesylate and/or severe pancreatitis 6. Volume stress due to CP administration would be intolerable 7. Known IgA deficiency 8. Life expectancy < 6 months 9. Duration SARS-CoV-2 typical symptoms > 3 days 10. SARS-CoV-2 PCR detection older than 3 days 11. SARS-CoV-2 associated clinical condition ≥ WHO stage 3 (patients hospitalized for other reasons than COVID-19 may be included if they fulfill all inclusion and none of the exclusion criteria) 12. Previously or currently hospitalized due to SARS-CoV-2 13. Previous antiviral therapy for SARS-CoV-2 14. ALT or AST > 5 x ULN at screening 15. Liver cirrhosis > Child A (patients with Child B/C cirrhosis are excluded from the trial) 16. Chronic kidney disease with GFR < 30 ml/min 17. Concurrent or planned anticancer treatment during trial period 18. Accommodation in an institution due to legal orders (§40(4) AMG). 19. Any psycho-social condition hampering compliance with the study protocol. 20. Evidence of current drug or alcohol abuse 21. Use of other investigational treatment within 5 half-lives of enrolment is prohibited 22. Previous use of convalescent plasma for COVID-19 23. Concomitant proven influenza A infection 24. Patients with organ or bone marrow transplant in the three months prior to screening visit INTERVENTION AND COMPARATOR: Participants will be randomized to the following 4 groups: 1) Convalescent plasma (CP), 2 units at screening/baseline visit (day 0) or day 1; CP is defined by the presence of neutralizing anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies with titers ≥ 1:160; individuals with body weight ≥ 150 kg will receive a third unit of plasma on day 3 2) Camostat mesylate (200 mg per capsule, one capsule taken each in the morning, afternoon and evening on days 1-7) 3) Standard of care (SOC, control for CP) 4) Placebo (identical in appearance to camostat mesylate capsules, one capsule taken each morning, afternoon and evening on days 1-7; for camostat mesylate control group) Participants will be monitored after screening/baseline on day 3, day 5, day 8, and day 14. On day 28 and day 56, telephone visits and on day 90, another outpatient visit are scheduled. Adverse events and serious adverse events will be monitored and reported until the end of the study. An independent data safety monitoring committee will review trial progression and safety. MAIN OUTCOMES: The primary endpoint of the study is the cumulative number of individuals who progress to or beyond category 4b on the modified WHO COVID-19 ordinal scale (defined as hospitalization with COVID-19 pneumonia and additional oxygen demand via nasal cannula or mask) within 28 days after randomization. RANDOMIZATION: Participants will be randomized using the Alea-Tool ( aleaclinical.com ) in a 2:2:1:1 ratio to the treatment arms (1) CP, (2) camostat mesylate, (3) standard of care (SoC), and (4) placebo matching camostat mesylate. Randomization will be stratified by study center. BLINDING (MASKING): The camostat mesylate treatment arm and the respective placebo will be blinded for participants, caregivers, and those assessing outcomes. The treatment arms convalescent plasma and standard of care will not be blinded and thus are open-labeled, unblinded. NUMBERS TO BE RANDOMIZED (SAMPLE SIZE): Overall, n = 994 participants will be randomized to the following groups: n = 331 to convalescent plasma (CP), n = 331 to camostat mesylate, n = 166 to standard of care (SoC), and n = 166 to placebo matching camostat mesylate. TRIAL STATUS: The RES-Q-HR protocol (V04F) was approved on the 18 December 2020 by the local ethics committee and by the regulatory institutions PEI/BfARM on the 2 December 2020. The trial was opened for recruitment on 26 December 2020; the first patient was enrolled on 7 January 2021 and randomized on 8 January 2021. Recruitment shall be completed by June 2021. The current protocol version RES-Q HR V05F is from 4 January 2021, which was approved on the 18 January 2021. TRIAL REGISTRATION: EudraCT Number 2020-004695-18 . Registered on September 29, 2020. ClinicalTrial.gov NCT04681430 . Registered on December 23, 2020, prior to the start of the enrollment (which was opened on December 26, 2020). FULL PROTOCOL: The full protocol (V05F) 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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COVID-19 , Pharmaceutical Preparations , Pregnancy Complications, Infectious , Adolescent , Adult , Aged , Blood Component Transfusion , COVID-19/therapy , Child , Esters , Female , Germany , Guanidines , Humans , Immunization, Passive , Mesylates , Multicenter Studies as Topic , Plasma , Polymerase Chain Reaction , Pregnancy , Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic , SARS-CoV-2 , Treatment Outcome
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