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J Thromb Thrombolysis ; 53(2): 363-371, 2022 Feb.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1638608

ABSTRACT

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with a greater risk of COVID-19 and an increased mortality when the disease is contracted. Metformin use in patients with DM is associated with less COVID-19-related mortality, but the underlying mechanism behind this association remains unclear. Our aim was to explore the effects of metformin on markers of inflammation, oxidative stress, and hypercoagulability, and on clinical outcomes. Patients with DM on metformin (n = 34) and metformin naïve (n = 41), and patients without DM (n = 73) were enrolled within 48 h of hospital admission for COVID-19. Patients on metformin compared to naïve patients had a lower white blood cell count (p = 0.02), d-dimer (p = 0.04), urinary 11-dehydro thromboxane B2 (p = 0.01) and urinary liver-type fatty acid binding protein (p = 0.03) levels and had lower sequential organ failure assessment score (p = 0.002), and intubation rate (p = 0.03), fewer hospitalized days (p = 0.13), lower in-hospital mortality (p = 0.12) and lower mortality plus nonfatal thrombotic event occurrences (p = 0.10). Patients on metformin had similar clinical outcomes compared to patients without DM. In a multiple regression analysis, metformin use was associated with less days in hospital and lower intubation rate. In conclusion, metformin treatment in COVID-19 patients with DM was associated with lower markers of inflammation, renal ischemia, and thrombosis, and fewer hospitalized days and intubation requirement. Further focused studies are required to support these findings.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , Diabetes Mellitus , Hypoglycemic Agents , Metformin , Thrombosis , COVID-19/drug therapy , COVID-19/mortality , Diabetes Mellitus/drug therapy , Hospitalization , Humans , Hypoglycemic Agents/therapeutic use , Inflammation/complications , Inflammation/drug therapy , Metformin/therapeutic use , Oxidative Stress/drug effects , Retrospective Studies , Thrombosis/drug therapy
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Nat Rev Cardiol ; 19(7): 475-495, 2022 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1632773

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Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) predisposes patients to thrombotic and thromboembolic events, owing to excessive inflammation, endothelial cell activation and injury, platelet activation and hypercoagulability. Patients with COVID-19 have a prothrombotic or thrombophilic state, with elevations in the levels of several biomarkers of thrombosis, which are associated with disease severity and prognosis. Although some biomarkers of COVID-19-associated coagulopathy, including high levels of fibrinogen and D-dimer, were recognized early during the pandemic, many new biomarkers of thrombotic risk in COVID-19 have emerged. In this Consensus Statement, we delineate the thrombotic signature of COVID-19 and present the latest biomarkers and platforms to assess the risk of thrombosis in these patients, including markers of platelet activation, platelet aggregation, endothelial cell activation or injury, coagulation and fibrinolysis as well as biomarkers of the newly recognized post-vaccine thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome. We then make consensus recommendations for the clinical use of these biomarkers to inform prognosis, assess disease acuity, and predict thrombotic risk and in-hospital mortality. A thorough understanding of these biomarkers might aid risk stratification and prognostication, guide interventions and provide a platform for future research.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , Thrombosis , Biomarkers , COVID-19/complications , Humans , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2 , Thrombosis/diagnosis , Thrombosis/etiology
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Int J Cardiol ; 346: 107-108, 2022 01 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1587662
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J Exp Pharmacol ; 13: 957-970, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1575723

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INTRODUCTION: Pharmacologic therapy options for COVID-19 should include antiviral, anti-inflammatory, and anticoagulant agents. With the limited effectiveness, currently available virus-directed therapies may have a substantial impact on global health due to continued reports of mutant variants affecting repeated waves of COVID-19 around the world. METHODS: We searched articles pertaining to aspirin, COVID-19, acute lung injury and pharmacology in PubMed and provide a comprehensive appraisal of potential use of aspirin in the management of patients with COVID-19. The scope of this article is to provide an overview of the rationale and currently available clinical evidence that supports aspirin as an effective therapeutic option in COVID-19. RESULTS: Experimental and clinical evidence are available for the potential use of aspirin in patients with COVID-19. DISCUSSION: Aspirin targets the intracellular signaling pathway that is essential for viral replication, and resultant inflammatory responses, hypercoagulability, and platelet activation. With these multiple benefits, aspirin can be a credible adjunctive therapeutic option for the treatment of COVID-19. In addition, inhaled formulation with its rapid effects may enhance direct delivery to the lung, which is the key organ damaged in COVID-19 during the critical initial course of the disease, whereas the 150-325 mg/day can be used for long-term treatment to prevent thrombotic event occurrences. Being economical and widely available, aspirin can be exploited globally, particularly in underserved communities and remote areas of the world to combat the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Blood Coagul Fibrinolysis ; 32(8): 544-549, 2021 Dec 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1526211

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Standard biomarkers have been widely used for COVID-19 diagnosis and prognosis. We hypothesize that thrombogenicity metrics measured by thromboelastography will provide better diagnostic and prognostic utility versus standard biomarkers in COVID-19 positive patients. In this observational prospective study, we included 119 hospitalized COVID-19 positive patients and 15 COVID-19 negative patients. On admission, we measured standard biomarkers and thrombogenicity using a novel thromboelastography assay (TEG-6s). In-hospital all-cause death and thrombotic occurrences (thromboembolism, myocardial infarction and stroke) were recorded. Most COVID-19 patients were African--Americans (68%). COVID-19 patients versus COVID-19 negative patients had higher platelet-fibrin clot strength (P-FCS), fibrin clot strength (FCS) and functional fibrinogen level (FLEV) (P ≤ 0.003 for all). The presence of high TEG-6 s metrics better discriminated COVID-19 positive from negative patients. COVID-19 positive patients with sequential organ failure assessment (SOFA) score at least 3 had higher P-FCS, FCS and FLEV than patients with scores less than 3 (P ≤ 0.001 for all comparisons). By multivariate analysis, the in-hospital composite endpoint occurrence of death and thrombotic events was independently associated with SOFA score more than 3 [odds ratio (OR) = 2.9, P = 0.03], diabetes (OR = 3.3, P = 0.02) and FCS > 40 mm (OR = 3.4, P = 0.02). This largest observational study suggested the early diagnostic and prognostic utility of thromboelastography to identify COVID-19 and should be considered hypothesis generating. Our results also support the recent FDA guidance regarding the importance of measurement of whole blood viscoelastic properties in COVID-19 patients. Our findings are consistent with the observation of higher hospitalization rates and poorer outcomes for African--Americans with COVID-19.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/blood , SARS-CoV-2 , Thrombophilia/diagnosis , Adult , African Americans/statistics & numerical data , Aged , Aged, 80 and over , Biomarkers , COVID-19/complications , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19 Testing , Cardiovascular Diseases/epidemiology , Comorbidity , Diabetes Mellitus/epidemiology , Early Diagnosis , Female , Fibrin/analysis , Fibrin Clot Lysis Time , Fibrinogen/analysis , Hospitalization , Humans , Hyperlipidemias/epidemiology , L-Lactate Dehydrogenase/blood , Male , Middle Aged , Obesity/epidemiology , Organ Dysfunction Scores , Prognosis , Prospective Studies , Thrombelastography , Thrombophilia/blood , Thrombophilia/drug therapy , Thrombophilia/etiology , Treatment Outcome , /statistics & numerical data
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Platelets ; 33(4): 520-530, 2022 May 19.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1347990

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We carried out a literature search in MEDLINE (PubMed) and EMBASE literature databases to provide a concise review of the role of viscoelastic testing in assessing peri-interventional platelet function and coagulation. The search identified 130 articles that were relevant for the review, covering the basic science of VHA and VHA in clinical settings including cardiac surgery, cardiology, neurology, trauma, non-cardiac surgery, obstetrics, liver disease, and COVID-19. Evidence from these articles is used to describe the important role of VHAs and platelet function testing in various peri-interventional setups. VHAs can help us to comprehensively assess the contribution of platelets and coagulation dynamics to clotting at the site-of-care much faster than standard laboratory measures. In addition to standard coagulation tests, VHAs are beneficial in reducing allogeneic transfusion requirements and bleeding, in predicting ischemic events, and improving outcomes in several peri-interventional care settings. Further focused studies are needed to confirm their utility in the peri-interventional case.


Subject(s)
Blood Coagulation Disorders , COVID-19 , Blood Coagulation , Blood Coagulation Tests , Hemostasis , Humans , Thrombelastography
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Open Forum Infect Dis ; 8(7): ofab274, 2021 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1305437

ABSTRACT

Urine 11-dehydro-thromboxane B2 (u11-dh-TxB2), 8-hydroxy-2'-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG), and liver-type fatty acid binding protein levels (L-FABP) at the time of hospitalization were higher in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients with adverse events vs without events. Higher u11-dh-TxB2 and L-FABP levels were associated with longer hospitalization, more thrombotic events, and greater mortality, providing evidence for potential utility as early prognostic biomarkers for COVID-19.

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Adv Ther ; 38(7): 3911-3923, 2021 07.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1258274

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INTRODUTION: COVID-19 is associated with an increased risk of thrombotic events. However, the contribution of platelet reactivity (PR) to the aetiology of the increased thrombotic risk associated with COVID-19 remains unclear. Our aim was to evaluate PR in stable patients diagnosed with COVID-19 and hospitalized with respiratory symptoms (mainly dyspnoea and dry cough), in comparison with a control group comprised of non-hospitalized healthy controls. METHODS: Observational, case control study that included patients with confirmed COVID-19 (COVID-19 group, n = 60) and healthy individuals matched by age and sex (control group, n = 60). Multiplate electrode aggregometry (MEA) tests were used to assess PR with adenosine diphosphate (MEA-ADP, low PR defined as < 53 AUC), arachidonic acid (MEA-ASPI, low PR < 86 AUC) and thrombin receptor-activating peptide 6 (MEA-TRAP, low PR < 97 AUC) in both groups. RESULTS: The rates of low PR with MEA-ADP were 27.5% in the COVID-19 group and 21.7% in the control group (OR = 1.60, p = 0.20); with MEA-ASPI, the rates were, respectively, 37.5% and 22.5% (OR = 3.67, p < 0.001); and with MEA-TRAP, the incidences were 48.5% and 18.8%, respectively (OR = 9.58, p < 0.001). Levels of D-dimer, fibrinogen, and plasminogen activator inhibitor 1 (PAI-1) were higher in the COVID-19 group in comparison with the control group (all p < 0.05). Thromboelastometry was utilized in a subgroup of patients and showed a hypercoagulable state in the COVID-19 group. CONCLUSION: Patients hospitalized with non-severe COVID-19 had lower PR compared to healthy controls, despite having higher levels of D-dimer, fibrinogen, and PAI-1, and hypercoagulability by thromboelastometry. TRIAL REGISTRATION: ClinicalTrials.gov identifier, NCT04447131.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 , Blood Platelets , Case-Control Studies , Humans , Platelet Aggregation , Platelet Aggregation Inhibitors/pharmacology , SARS-CoV-2
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Journal of the American College of Cardiology ; 77(18, Supplement 1):3128, 2021.
Article in English | ScienceDirect | ID: covidwho-1213775
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Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC) ; 77(18):3179-3179, 2021.
Article in English | Academic Search Complete | ID: covidwho-1195555
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Nat Biomed Eng ; 4(12): 1188-1196, 2020 12.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-894396

ABSTRACT

Accurate assays for the detection of antibodies to SARS-CoV-2 (severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2) are essential for the control of the COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) pandemic. Here, we report antibody and antibody-avidity assays, relying on near-infrared-fluorescence amplification by nanostructured plasmonic gold substrates, for the simultaneous detection of antibodies to the S1 subunit of the spike protein and to the receptor binding domain of SARS-CoV-2 in human serum and saliva, and for quantifying immunoglobulin avidities against coronavirus antigens from SARS-CoV-2, SARS-CoV-1 and the common-cold viruses OC43, HKU1, NL63 and 229E. The antibody assay detected immunoglobulin M in 87% (52 of 60) COVID-19-positive serum samples collected 6 or more days after symptom onset (and the immunoglobulins M and G in all 33 samples collected at least 15 days after symptom onset), and correctly classified 456 out of the 457 COVID-19-negative serum samples tested (424 of them collected before the pandemic, including 73 that were positive for other viruses). We used the antibody-avidity assay to study antibody-maturation patterns, anamnestic responses, and cross-immunity to the common-cold coronaviruses.


Subject(s)
Antibodies, Viral/blood , Antibodies, Viral/immunology , COVID-19/immunology , SARS-CoV-2/immunology , Saliva/immunology , Aged , Antibody Affinity/immunology , Antigens, Viral/immunology , COVID-19/blood , COVID-19 Serological Testing/methods , Female , Humans , Immunoglobulin G/blood , Immunoglobulin G/immunology , Immunoglobulin M/blood , Immunoglobulin M/immunology , Pandemics/prevention & control
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