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Viruses ; 13(6)2021 05 25.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1244147

ABSTRACT

SARS-CoV-2 emerged in 2019 as a devastating viral pathogen with no available preventative or treatment to control what led to the current global pandemic. The continued spread of the virus and increasing death toll necessitate the development of effective antiviral treatments to combat this virus. To this end, we evaluated a new class of organometallic complexes as potential antivirals. Our findings demonstrate that two pentamethylcyclopentadienyl (Cp*) rhodium piano stool complexes, Cp*Rh(1,3-dicyclohexylimidazol-2-ylidene)Cl2 (complex 2) and Cp*Rh(dipivaloylmethanato)Cl (complex 4), have direct virucidal activity against SARS-CoV-2. Subsequent in vitro testing suggests that complex 4 is the more stable and effective complex and demonstrates that both 2 and 4 have low toxicity in Vero E6 and Calu-3 cells. The results presented here highlight the potential application of organometallic complexes as antivirals and support further investigation into their activity.


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Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Organometallic Compounds/pharmacology , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , Animals , Antiviral Agents/chemistry , COVID-19/virology , Cell Line , Cell Survival/drug effects , Chlorocebus aethiops , Dose-Response Relationship, Drug , Humans , Molecular Structure , Organometallic Compounds/chemistry , SARS-CoV-2/physiology , Vero Cells , Virus Replication/drug effects
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