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EuropePMC; 2020.
Preprint in English | EuropePMC | ID: ppcovidwho-321366

ABSTRACT

Background: Treatment of severe Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is challenging. We performed a phase 2 trial to assess the efficacy and safety of human umbilical cord-mesenchymal stem cells (UC‑MSCs) to treat patients with severe COVID-19 with lung damage, based on our phase 1 data.Methods: In this randomised, double-blind, and placebo-controlled trial, we recruited 101 eligible patients with severe COVID-19 with lung damage aged between 18–74 years from two hospitals. Enrolled patients were randomly assigned at a 2:1 ratio to receive either UC-MSCs (4 × 107 cells per infusion) or placebo on day 0, 3, and 6. We excluded patients with malignant tumours, shock, or other organ failure. The primary endpoint was an altered proportion of whole lung lesion areas from baseline to day 28, measured by chest computed tomography. Other imaging outcomes, 6-minute walk test, maximum vital capacity, diffusing capacity, plasma biomarkers, and adverse events were recorded and analysed. Primary analysis was done in the modified intention-to-treat (mITT) population and safety analysis was done in all patients who started their assigned treatment. Findings: From March 5, 2020, to March 28, 2020, 100 patients were finally enrolled and received either UC-MSCs (n = 65) or placebo (n = 35). During follow-up, the patients receiving UC-MSCs exhibited a trend of numerical improvement in whole lung lesions from baseline to day 28 compared with the placebo cases. UC-MSCs administration significantly reduced the proportions of consolidation lesions from baseline to day 28 in the treated patients compared with the placebo subjects. The 6-minute walk test showed an increased distance in patients treated with UC-MSCs. Notably, UC-MSCs delivery was well tolerated, with no serious adverse events.Interpretation: UC-MSCs treatment is a safe and potentially effective therapeutic approach for patients with severe COVID‑19. The trial suggests that UC-MSCs administration might benefit patients with COVID-19 with lung damage at the convalescent stage as well as the progression stage.Trial Registration: This trial is registered with ClinicalTrials.gov, number NCT04288102.Funding Statement: This trial was supported by The National Key R&D Program of China (2020YFC0841900, 2020YFC0844000, 2020YFC08860900);The Innovation Groups of the National Natural Science Foundation of China (81721002);The National Science and Technology Major Project (2017YFA0105703).Declaration of Interests: All authors declare no competing interests.Ethics Approval Statement: Ethical approval was obtained from the institutional review boards of each participating hospital. Written informed consent was obtained from all the enrolled patients or their legal representatives if they were unable to provide consent.

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PLoS One ; 16(3): e0248957, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1146198

ABSTRACT

The characteristics and evolution of pulmonary fibrosis in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) have not been adequately studied. AI-assisted chest high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) was used to investigate the proportion of COVID-19 patients with pulmonary fibrosis, the relationship between the degree of fibrosis and the clinical classification of COVID-19, the characteristics of and risk factors for pulmonary fibrosis, and the evolution of pulmonary fibrosis after discharge. The incidence of pulmonary fibrosis in patients with severe or critical COVID-19 was significantly higher than that in patients with moderate COVID-19. There were significant differences in the degree of pulmonary inflammation and the extent of the affected area among patients with mild, moderate and severe pulmonary fibrosis. The IL-6 level in the acute stage and albumin level were independent risk factors for pulmonary fibrosis. Ground-glass opacities, linear opacities, interlobular septal thickening, reticulation, honeycombing, bronchiectasis and the extent of the affected area were significantly improved 30, 60 and 90 days after discharge compared with at discharge. The more severe the clinical classification of COVID-19, the more severe the residual pulmonary fibrosis was; however, in most patients, pulmonary fibrosis was improved or even resolved within 90 days after discharge.


Subject(s)
Artificial Intelligence , COVID-19/pathology , Pulmonary Fibrosis/diagnosis , Thorax/diagnostic imaging , COVID-19/complications , COVID-19/virology , Female , Humans , Image Processing, Computer-Assisted , Interleukin-6/metabolism , Male , Middle Aged , Patient Discharge , Pulmonary Fibrosis/etiology , Risk Factors , SARS-CoV-2/isolation & purification , Severity of Illness Index , Tomography, X-Ray Computed
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Signal Transduct Target Ther ; 6(1): 58, 2021 02 10.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1078577

ABSTRACT

Treatment of severe Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is challenging. We performed a phase 2 trial to assess the efficacy and safety of human umbilical cord-mesenchymal stem cells (UC-MSCs) to treat severe COVID-19 patients with lung damage, based on our phase 1 data. In this randomized, double-blind, and placebo-controlled trial, we recruited 101 severe COVID-19 patients with lung damage. They were randomly assigned at a 2:1 ratio to receive either UC-MSCs (4 × 107 cells per infusion) or placebo on day 0, 3, and 6. The primary endpoint was an altered proportion of whole lung lesion volumes from baseline to day 28. Other imaging outcomes, 6-minute walk test (6-MWT), maximum vital capacity, diffusing capacity, and adverse events were recorded and analyzed. In all, 100 COVID-19 patients were finally received either UC-MSCs (n = 65) or placebo (n = 35). UC-MSCs administration exerted numerical improvement in whole lung lesion volume from baseline to day 28 compared with the placebo (the median difference was -13.31%, 95% CI -29.14%, 2.13%, P = 0.080). UC-MSCs significantly reduced the proportions of solid component lesion volume compared with the placebo (median difference: -15.45%; 95% CI -30.82%, -0.39%; P = 0.043). The 6-MWT showed an increased distance in patients treated with UC-MSCs (difference: 27.00 m; 95% CI 0.00, 57.00; P = 0.057). The incidence of adverse events was similar in the two groups. These results suggest that UC-MSCs treatment is a safe and potentially effective therapeutic approach for COVID-19 patients with lung damage. A phase 3 trial is required to evaluate effects on reducing mortality and preventing long-term pulmonary disability. (Funded by The National Key R&D Program of China and others. ClinicalTrials.gov number, NCT04288102.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/therapy , Mesenchymal Stem Cell Transplantation , Mesenchymal Stem Cells , SARS-CoV-2 , Umbilical Cord , Aged , Allografts , COVID-19/mortality , COVID-19/physiopathology , Double-Blind Method , Female , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Treatment Outcome
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SSRN; 2020.
Preprint | SSRN | ID: ppcovidwho-1247

ABSTRACT

Introduction: COVID-19 showed certain characteristic features of multiple signs in bilateral lungs. COVID-19 with a solitary pulmonary nodule (SPN) also occurs

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Microbes Infect ; 22(4-5): 206-211, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-306058

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In this study, we aimed to evaluate the diagnostic value of serological assay for SARS-CoV-2. A newly-developed ELISA assay for IgM and IgG antibodies against N protein of SARS-CoV-2 was used to screen the serums of 238 admitted hospital patients between February 6 and February 14, 2020 with confirmed or suspected SARS-CoV-2. SARS-CoV-2 RNA was detected on pharyngeal swab specimens using real time RT-PCR. 194 (81.5%) of the serums were detected to be antibody (IgM and/or IgG) positive, significantly higher than the positive rate of viral RNA (64.3%). There was no difference in the positive rate of antibodies between the confirmed patients (83.0%, 127/153) and the suspected patients (78.8%, 67/85), whose nucleic acid tests were negative. The antibody positive rates were very low in the first five days after initial onset of symptoms, and then rapidly increased as the disease progressed. After 10 days, the antibody positive rates jumped from below 50% to over 80%. However, the positive rates of viral RNA maintained above 60% in the first 11 days after initial onset of symptoms, and then rapidly decreased. Overall, the suspected patients were most likely infected by SARS-CoV-2. Before the 11th day after initial onset of symptoms, nucleic acid test is key for confirmation of viral infection. The combination of serological assay can greatly improve the diagnostic efficacy. After the 11th day post-disease onset, the diagnosis for viral infection should be majorly dependent on serological assay.


Subject(s)
Antibodies, Viral/blood , Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/diagnosis , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Inpatients , Pneumonia, Viral/diagnosis , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Serologic Tests , Adult , Aged , COVID-19 , Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay , Female , Humans , Immunoglobulin G/blood , Immunoglobulin M/blood , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , RNA, Viral/blood , SARS-CoV-2
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