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Signal Transduct Target Ther ; 7(1): 57, 2022 02 23.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1702971

ABSTRACT

The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a highly transmissible disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) that poses a major threat to global public health. Although COVID-19 primarily affects the respiratory system, causing severe pneumonia and acute respiratory distress syndrome in severe cases, it can also result in multiple extrapulmonary complications. The pathogenesis of extrapulmonary damage in patients with COVID-19 is probably multifactorial, involving both the direct effects of SARS-CoV-2 and the indirect mechanisms associated with the host inflammatory response. Recognition of features and pathogenesis of extrapulmonary complications has clinical implications for identifying disease progression and designing therapeutic strategies. This review provides an overview of the extrapulmonary complications of COVID-19 from immunological and pathophysiologic perspectives and focuses on the pathogenesis and potential therapeutic targets for the management of COVID-19.


Subject(s)
Acute Kidney Injury/complications , COVID-19/complications , Cytokine Release Syndrome/complications , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/complications , Lymphopenia/complications , Myocarditis/complications , Pulmonary Embolism/complications , Acute Kidney Injury/drug therapy , Acute Kidney Injury/immunology , Acute Kidney Injury/virology , Anticoagulants/therapeutic use , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , COVID-19/drug therapy , COVID-19/immunology , COVID-19/virology , Clinical Trials as Topic , Cytokine Release Syndrome/drug therapy , Cytokine Release Syndrome/immunology , Cytokine Release Syndrome/virology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/drug therapy , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/immunology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/virology , Endothelial Cells/drug effects , Endothelial Cells/immunology , Endothelial Cells/virology , Humans , Immunity, Innate/drug effects , Immunologic Factors/therapeutic use , Lymphopenia/drug therapy , Lymphopenia/immunology , Lymphopenia/virology , Myocarditis/drug therapy , Myocarditis/immunology , Myocarditis/virology , Pulmonary Embolism/drug therapy , Pulmonary Embolism/immunology , Pulmonary Embolism/virology , Renin-Angiotensin System/drug effects , Renin-Angiotensin System/immunology , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , SARS-CoV-2/growth & development , SARS-CoV-2/pathogenicity
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Biomolecules ; 12(2)2022 01 28.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1667042

ABSTRACT

The complement system (CS) is part of the human immune system, consisting of more than 30 proteins that play a vital role in the protection against various pathogens and diseases, including viral diseases. Activated via three pathways, the classical pathway (CP), the lectin pathway (LP), and the alternative pathway (AP), the complement system leads to the formation of a membrane attack complex (MAC) that disrupts the membrane of target cells, leading to cell lysis and death. Due to the increasing number of reports on its role in viral diseases, which may have implications for research on severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), this review aims to highlight significant progress in understanding and defining the role of the complement system in four groups of diseases of viral etiology: (1) respiratory diseases; (2) acute liver failure (ALF); (3) disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC); and (4) vector-borne diseases (VBDs). Some of these diseases already present a serious global health problem, while others are a matter of concern and require the collaboration of relevant national services and scientists with the World Health Organization (WHO) to avoid their spread.


Subject(s)
Complement System Proteins , Virus Diseases/etiology , Animals , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/immunology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/virology , Humans , Liver Failure, Acute/immunology , Liver Failure, Acute/virology , Respiratory Tract Diseases/immunology , Respiratory Tract Diseases/virology , Vector Borne Diseases/immunology , Vector Borne Diseases/virology
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Rev Med Virol ; 31(3): e2176, 2021 05.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-815924

ABSTRACT

The novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has turned into a life-threatening pandemic disease (Covid-19). About 5% of patients with Covid-19 have severe symptoms including septic shock, acute respiratory distress syndrome, and the failure of several organs, while most of them have mild symptoms. Frequently, the kidneys are involved through direct or indirect mechanisms. Kidney involvement mainly manifests itself as proteinuria and acute kidney injury (AKI). The SARS-CoV-2-induced kidney damage is expected to be multifactorial; directly it can infect the kidney podocytes and proximal tubular cells and based on an angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) pathway it can lead to acute tubular necrosis, protein leakage in Bowman's capsule, collapsing glomerulopathy and mitochondrial impairment. The SARS-CoV-2-driven dysregulation of the immune responses including cytokine storm, macrophage activation syndrome, and lymphopenia can be other causes of the AKI. Organ interactions, endothelial dysfunction, hypercoagulability, rhabdomyolysis, and sepsis are other potential mechanisms of AKI. Moreover, lower oxygen delivery to kidney may cause an ischaemic injury. Understanding the fundamental molecular pathways and pathophysiology of kidney injury and AKI in Covid-19 is necessary to develop management strategies and design effective therapies.


Subject(s)
Acute Kidney Injury/pathology , COVID-19/physiopathology , Cytokine Release Syndrome/pathology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/pathology , Lymphopenia/pathology , Necrosis/pathology , Proteinuria/pathology , Sepsis/pathology , Acute Kidney Injury/immunology , Acute Kidney Injury/virology , Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2/genetics , Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2/immunology , COVID-19/immunology , COVID-19/virology , Cytokine Release Syndrome/immunology , Cytokine Release Syndrome/virology , Cytokines/genetics , Cytokines/immunology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/immunology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/virology , Host-Pathogen Interactions/genetics , Host-Pathogen Interactions/immunology , Humans , Kidney Tubules, Proximal/immunology , Kidney Tubules, Proximal/physiopathology , Lymphopenia/immunology , Lymphopenia/virology , Necrosis/immunology , Necrosis/virology , Podocytes/immunology , Podocytes/pathology , Proteinuria/immunology , Proteinuria/virology , SARS-CoV-2/immunology , SARS-CoV-2/pathogenicity , Sepsis/immunology , Sepsis/virology , Serine Endopeptidases/genetics , Serine Endopeptidases/immunology , Spike Glycoprotein, Coronavirus/genetics , Spike Glycoprotein, Coronavirus/immunology
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Int J Mol Med ; 46(3): 903-912, 2020 Sep.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-750592

ABSTRACT

The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS­CoV­2) is a novel ß coronavirus that is the etiological agent of the pandemic coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID­19) that at the time of writing (June 16, 2020) has infected almost 6 million people with some 450,000 deaths. These numbers are still rising daily. Most (some 80%) cases of COVID­19 infection are asymptomatic, a substantial number of cases (15%) require hospitalization and an additional fraction of patients (5%) need recovery in intensive care units. Mortality for COVID­19 infection appears to occur globally between 0.1 and 0.5% of infected patients although the frequency of lethality is significantly augmented in the elderly and in patients with other comorbidities. The development of acute respiratory distress syndrome and episodes of thromboembolism that may lead to disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) represent the primary causes of lethality during COVID­19 infection. Increasing evidence suggests that thrombotic diathesis is due to multiple derangements of the coagulation system including marked elevation of D­dimer that correlate negatively with survival. We propose here that the thromboembolic events and eventually the development of DIC provoked by SARS­CoV­2 infection may represent a secondary anti­phospholipid antibody syndrome (APS). We will apply both Baconian inductivism and Cartesian deductivism to prove that secondary APS is likely responsible for coagulopathy during the course of COVID­19 infection. Diagnostic and therapeutic implications of this are also discussed.


Subject(s)
Antiphospholipid Syndrome/pathology , Coronavirus Infections/pathology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/pathology , Pneumonia, Viral/pathology , Thromboembolism/pathology , Thrombosis/pathology , Antiphospholipid Syndrome/immunology , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , Betacoronavirus , Blood Coagulation/physiology , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Coronavirus Infections/immunology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/immunology , Fibrin Fibrinogen Degradation Products/metabolism , Humans , Pandemics , Phospholipids/immunology , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Pneumonia, Viral/immunology , SARS-CoV-2 , Thromboembolism/immunology
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Platelets ; 31(8): 1085-1089, 2020 Nov 16.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-733448

ABSTRACT

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a global public health emergency with many clinical facets, and new knowledge about its pathogenetic mechanisms is deemed necessary; among these, there are certainly coagulation disorders. In the history of medicine, autopsies and tissue sampling have played a fundamental role in order to understand the pathogenesis of emerging diseases, including infectious ones; compared to the past, histopathology can be now expanded by innovative techniques and modern technologies. For the first time in worldwide literature, we provide a detailed postmortem and biopsy report on the marked increase, up to 1 order of magnitude, of naked megakaryocyte nuclei in the bone marrow and lungs from serious COVID-19 patients. Most likely related to high interleukin-6 serum levels stimulating megakaryocytopoiesis, this phenomenon concurs to explain well the pulmonary abnormal immunothrombosis in these critically ill patients, all without molecular or electron microscopy signs of megakaryocyte infection.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus/pathogenicity , Bone Marrow/pathology , Coronavirus Infections/pathology , Cytokine Release Syndrome/pathology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/pathology , Lung/pathology , Pneumonia, Viral/pathology , Thrombosis/pathology , Adult , Aged , Autopsy , Betacoronavirus/immunology , Bone Marrow/immunology , Bone Marrow/virology , COVID-19 , Cell Nucleus/immunology , Cell Nucleus/pathology , Cell Nucleus/virology , Coronavirus Infections/complications , Coronavirus Infections/immunology , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Critical Illness , Cytokine Release Syndrome/complications , Cytokine Release Syndrome/immunology , Cytokine Release Syndrome/virology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/complications , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/immunology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/virology , Fatal Outcome , Host-Pathogen Interactions/immunology , Humans , Interleukin-6/biosynthesis , Interleukin-6/immunology , Lung/immunology , Lung/virology , Male , Megakaryocytes/immunology , Megakaryocytes/pathology , Megakaryocytes/virology , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Pneumonia, Viral/immunology , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , SARS-CoV-2 , Severity of Illness Index , Thrombopoiesis/immunology , Thrombosis/complications , Thrombosis/immunology , Thrombosis/virology
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Nat Rev Rheumatol ; 16(10): 581-589, 2020 10.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-690837

ABSTRACT

Reports of widespread thromboses and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) in patients with coronavirus disease 19 (COVID-19) have been rapidly increasing in number. Key features of this disorder include a lack of bleeding risk, only mildly low platelet counts, elevated plasma fibrinogen levels, and detection of both severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) and complement components in regions of thrombotic microangiopathy (TMA). This disorder is not typical DIC. Rather, it might be more similar to complement-mediated TMA syndromes, which are well known to rheumatologists who care for patients with severe systemic lupus erythematosus or catastrophic antiphospholipid syndrome. This perspective has critical implications for treatment. Anticoagulation and antiviral agents are standard treatments for DIC but are gravely insufficient for any of the TMA disorders that involve disorders of complement. Mediators of TMA syndromes overlap with those released in cytokine storm, suggesting close connections between ineffective immune responses to SARS-CoV-2, severe pneumonia and life-threatening microangiopathy.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus/immunology , Coronavirus Infections/complications , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Thrombosis/immunology , Anticoagulants/therapeutic use , Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , COVID-19 , Complement System Proteins/immunology , Coronavirus Infections/epidemiology , Coronavirus Infections/immunology , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Cytokines/immunology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/drug therapy , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/immunology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/pathology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/virology , Fibrinogen/analysis , Humans , Immunoglobulins, Intravenous/therapeutic use , Immunosuppressive Agents/therapeutic use , Pandemics , Plasma Exchange/methods , Platelet Count/methods , Pneumonia, Viral/epidemiology , Pneumonia, Viral/immunology , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Risk Factors , SARS-CoV-2 , Thrombosis/drug therapy , Thrombosis/pathology , Thrombosis/virology , Thrombotic Microangiopathies/drug therapy , Thrombotic Microangiopathies/immunology , Thrombotic Microangiopathies/pathology , Thrombotic Microangiopathies/virology
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Rev Med Virol ; 30(5): e2130, 2020 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-641059

ABSTRACT

The SARS-Cov-2 is a single-stranded RNA virus composed of 16 non-structural proteins (NSP 1-16) with specific roles in the replication of coronaviruses. NSP3 has the property to block host innate immune response and to promote cytokine expression. NSP5 can inhibit interferon (IFN) signalling and NSP16 prevents MAD5 recognition, depressing the innate immunity. Dendritic cells, monocytes, and macrophages are the first cell lineage against viruses' infections. The IFN type I is the danger signal for the human body during this clinical setting. Protective immune responses to viral infection are initiated by innate immune sensors that survey extracellular and intracellular space for foreign nucleic acids. In Covid-19 the pathogenesis is not yet fully understood, but viral and host factors seem to play a key role. Important points in severe Covid-19 are characterized by an upregulated innate immune response, hypercoagulopathy state, pulmonary tissue damage, neurological and/or gastrointestinal tract involvement, and fatal outcome in severe cases of macrophage activation syndrome, which produce a 'cytokine storm'. These systemic conditions share polymorphous cutaneous lesions where innate immune system is involved in the histopathological findings with acute respiratory distress syndrome, hypercoagulability, hyperferritinemia, increased serum levels of D-dimer, lactic dehydrogenase, reactive-C-protein and serum A amyloid. It is described that several polymorphous cutaneous lesions similar to erythema pernio, urticarial rashes, diffuse or disseminated erythema, livedo racemosa, blue toe syndrome, retiform purpura, vesicles lesions, and purpuric exanthema or exanthema with clinical aspects of symmetrical drug-related intertriginous and flexural exanthema. This review describes the complexity of Covid-19, its pathophysiological and clinical aspects.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/immunology , Cytokine Release Syndrome/immunology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/immunology , Erythema/immunology , Exanthema/immunology , Host-Pathogen Interactions/immunology , Pneumonia, Viral/immunology , Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2 , Betacoronavirus/immunology , Betacoronavirus/pathogenicity , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/pathology , Coronavirus Infections/virology , Cytokine Release Syndrome/pathology , Cytokine Release Syndrome/virology , Disease Progression , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/pathology , Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation/virology , Erythema/pathology , Erythema/virology , Exanthema/pathology , Exanthema/virology , Gene Expression Regulation , Host-Pathogen Interactions/genetics , Humans , Immunity, Innate , Lymphocytes/immunology , Lymphocytes/pathology , Lymphocytes/virology , Macrophages/immunology , Macrophages/pathology , Macrophages/virology , Pandemics , Peptidyl-Dipeptidase A/genetics , Peptidyl-Dipeptidase A/immunology , Pneumonia, Viral/pathology , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Receptors, Virus/genetics , Receptors, Virus/immunology , SARS-CoV-2 , Serine Endopeptidases/genetics , Serine Endopeptidases/immunology , Severity of Illness Index , Spike Glycoprotein, Coronavirus/genetics , Spike Glycoprotein, Coronavirus/immunology
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