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Pediatr Infect Dis J ; 41(1): e1-e5, 2022 01 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1522380

ABSTRACT

Children, although at lower risk of poor outcomes from COVID-19 relative to adults, still stand to benefit from therapeutic interventions. Understanding of COVID-19 clinical presentation and prognosis in children is essential to optimize therapeutic trials design. This perspective illustrates how to collectively accelerate pediatric COVID-19 therapeutic research and development, based on the experience of the Global Accelerator for Paediatric Formulations.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/drug therapy , Research , Seizures/drug therapy , Child , Dosage Forms , Drug Compounding , Drug Development , Humans , Needs Assessment , Pharmaceutical Preparations , SARS-CoV-2
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Int J Pharm ; 605: 120818, 2021 Aug 10.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1457706

ABSTRACT

During pandemics and global crises, drug shortages become critical as a result of increased demand, shortages in personnel and lockdown restrictions that disrupt the supply chain. The pharmaceutical industry is therefore moving towards continuous manufacturing instead of conventional batch manufacturing involving numerous steps, that normally occur at different sites. In order to validate the use of large-scale industrial processes, feasibility studies need to be performed using small-scale laboratory equipment. To that end, the scale-up of a continuous process and its effect on the critical quality attributes (CQAs) of the end product were investigated in this work. Hydroxychloroquine Sulphate (HCQS) was used as the model drug, Soluplus® as a model polymeric carrier and both horizontal and vertical twin screw extruders used to undertake this hot melt extrusion (HME) study. Seven formulations were processed using a small-scale horizontal extruder and a pilot-scale vertical extruder at various drug loadings, temperature profiles and screw speeds. When utilising a horizontal extruder, formulations with the highest drug load and processed at the lowest screw speed and temperature had the highest crystallinity with higher drug release rates. Upon scale-up to a vertical extruder, the crystallinity of the HCQS was significantly reduced, with less variation in both crystallinity and release profile across the different extrudates. This study demonstrates improved robustness with the pilot-scale vertical extruder compared to lab-scale horizontal extruder. The reduced variation with the vertical extruder will allow for short increases in production rate, with minimum impact on the CQAs of the final product enabling high-performance continuous manufacturing with minimum waste of raw materials. Finally, this research provides valuable information for the pharmaceutical industry in accessing continuous technologies for the manufacture of pharmaceutical products, allowing for efficient utilisation of resources upon scale-up and mass production during global pandemics and drug shortages.


Subject(s)
Hot Melt Extrusion Technology , Pharmaceutical Preparations , Chemistry, Pharmaceutical , Drug Compounding , Hot Temperature , Hydroxychloroquine , Pandemics , Technology, Pharmaceutical
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Curr Top Med Chem ; 20(11): 915-962, 2020.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1453165

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Emerging viral zoonotic diseases are one of the major obstacles to secure the "One Health" concept under the current scenario. Current prophylactic, diagnostic and therapeutic approaches often associated with certain limitations and thus proved to be insufficient for customizing rapid and efficient combating strategy against the highly transmissible pathogenic infectious agents leading to the disastrous socio-economic outcome. Moreover, most of the viral zoonoses originate from the wildlife and poor knowledge about the global virome database renders it difficult to predict future outbreaks. Thus, alternative management strategy in terms of improved prophylactic vaccines and their delivery systems; rapid and efficient diagnostics and effective targeted therapeutics are the need of the hour. METHODS: Structured literature search has been performed with specific keywords in bibliographic databases for the accumulation of information regarding current nanomedicine interventions along with standard books for basic virology inputs. RESULTS: Multi-arrayed applications of nanomedicine have proved to be an effective alternative in all the aspects regarding the prevention, diagnosis, and control of zoonotic viral diseases. The current review is focused to outline the applications of nanomaterials as anti-viral vaccines or vaccine/drug delivery systems, diagnostics and directly acting therapeutic agents in combating the important zoonotic viral diseases in the recent scenario along with their potential benefits, challenges and prospects to design successful control strategies. CONCLUSION: This review provides significant introspection towards the multi-arrayed applications of nanomedicine to combat several important zoonotic viral diseases.


Subject(s)
Drug Delivery Systems/methods , Viral Vaccines/chemistry , Viral Zoonoses/diagnosis , Viral Zoonoses/prevention & control , Viral Zoonoses/therapy , Viruses/drug effects , Animals , Animals, Wild , Biosensing Techniques , Drug Carriers/chemistry , Drug Compounding , Drug Liberation , Humans , Nanomedicine , Nanoparticles/chemistry , Polymers/chemistry , Polymers/metabolism , Transfection , Viruses/metabolism
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J Am Chem Soc ; 143(36): 14748-14765, 2021 09 15.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1397838

ABSTRACT

The COVID-19 pandemic highlights the need for platform technologies enabling rapid development of vaccines for emerging viral diseases. The current vaccines target the SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein and thus far have shown tremendous efficacy. However, the need for cold-chain distribution, a prime-boost administration schedule, and the emergence of variants of concern (VOCs) call for diligence in novel SARS-CoV-2 vaccine approaches. We studied 13 peptide epitopes from SARS-CoV-2 and identified three neutralizing epitopes that are highly conserved among the VOCs. Monovalent and trivalent COVID-19 vaccine candidates were formulated by chemical conjugation of the peptide epitopes to cowpea mosaic virus (CPMV) nanoparticles and virus-like particles (VLPs) derived from bacteriophage Qß. Efficacy of this approach was validated first using soluble vaccine candidates as solo or trivalent mixtures and subcutaneous prime-boost injection. The high thermal stability of our vaccine candidates allowed for formulation into single-dose injectable slow-release polymer implants, manufactured by melt extrusion, as well as microneedle (MN) patches, obtained through casting into micromolds, for prime-boost self-administration. Immunization of mice yielded high titers of antibodies against the target epitope and S protein, and data confirms that antibodies block receptor binding and neutralize SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 against infection of human cells. We present a nanotechnology vaccine platform that is stable outside the cold-chain and can be formulated into delivery devices enabling single administration or self-administration. CPMV or Qß VLPs could be stockpiled, and epitopes exchanged to target new mutants or emergent diseases as the need arises.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 Vaccines/metabolism , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/prevention & control , Delayed-Action Preparations/chemistry , SARS-CoV-2/metabolism , Vaccines, Subunit/metabolism , Animals , Comovirus , Computer Simulation , Drug Compounding , Epitopes/chemistry , Hot Temperature , Humans , Male , Mice, Inbred BALB C , Nanoparticles/chemistry , Peptides/chemistry , Vaccination , Vaccines, Virus-Like Particle/chemistry
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(17)2021 Aug 25.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1376841

ABSTRACT

In recent years, enzymes have risen as promising therapeutic tools for different pathologies, from metabolic deficiencies, such as fibrosis conditions, ocular pathologies or joint problems, to cancer or cardiovascular diseases. Treatments based on the catalytic activity of enzymes are able to convert a wide range of target molecules to restore the correct physiological metabolism. These treatments present several advantages compared to established therapeutic approaches thanks to their affinity and specificity properties. However, enzymes present some challenges, such as short in vivo half-life, lack of targeted action and, in particular, patient immune system reaction against the enzyme. For this reason, it is important to monitor serum immune response during treatment. This can be achieved by conventional techniques (ELISA) but also by new promising tools such as microarrays. These assays have gained popularity due to their high-throughput analysis capacity, their simplicity, and their potential to monitor the immune response of patients during enzyme therapies. In this growing field, research is still ongoing to solve current health problems such as COVID-19. Currently, promising therapeutic alternatives using the angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) are being studied to treat COVID-19.


Subject(s)
Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2/therapeutic use , COVID-19/drug therapy , Enzyme Therapy/methods , Recombinant Proteins/therapeutic use , Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme 2/pharmacology , Clinical Trials, Phase II as Topic , Drug Compounding/methods , Enzyme Stability , Enzyme Therapy/history , Enzyme Therapy/trends , Half-Life , History, 20th Century , History, 21st Century , Humans , Recombinant Proteins/pharmacology , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , SARS-CoV-2/metabolism , Treatment Outcome , Virus Internalization/drug effects
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Pharmacol Res ; 160: 105074, 2020 10.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1364403

ABSTRACT

PURPOSE: Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has fully engaged and played an essential role in the prevention and treatment of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This study compares relevant standards on high-frequent Chinese Materia Medicia (CMM) used in this pandemic aiming at reaching a global consensus and ensuring the use of Chinese medicines safely. METHODS: 141 representative Chinese formulas and Chinese Patent Medicines from the National Protocol and the most of Provincial Protocols for controlling COVID-19 in China have been collected to statistical analyze the composition and characteristics of CMM. Among them, the domestic and international standards of 47 varieties with the frequency usage over 10 times were selected to compare their quality requirements in the mainstream pharmacopoeias and international standards. RESULTS: The quality requirements of used CMM for fighting COVID-19 on the terms of overall quality control, marker compounds, and safety indicators showed different patterns in these mainstream pharmacopoeias and international standards. The uniformed and scientific quality standards of CMM were urgently needed to promote global acceptation and trade. CONCLUSIONS: These findings will provide evidence for building unified quality and safety standards that can adapt to the characteristics of CMM and promote international trade, and also will be stated that it is of the highest priority for ISO/TC 249 to formulate high-quality standards that consolidate international consensus to ensure quality and safety of the urgently needed CMM.


Subject(s)
Coronavirus Infections/prevention & control , Coronavirus Infections/therapy , Drugs, Chinese Herbal/standards , Drugs, Chinese Herbal/therapeutic use , Materia Medica/standards , Medicine, Chinese Traditional/standards , Pandemics/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/prevention & control , Pneumonia, Viral/therapy , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Drug Compounding , Drugs, Chinese Herbal/adverse effects , Humans , Materia Medica/adverse effects , Materia Medica/therapeutic use , Patient Safety , Pharmacopoeias as Topic , Public Health , Quality Control
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Commun Biol ; 4(1): 956, 2021 08 11.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1354120

ABSTRACT

Lipid Nanoparticles (LNPs) are used to deliver siRNA and COVID-19 mRNA vaccines. The main factor known to determine their delivery efficiency is the pKa of the LNP containing an ionizable lipid. Herein, we report a method that can predict the LNP pKa from the structure of the ionizable lipid. We used theoretical, NMR, fluorescent-dye binding, and electrophoretic mobility methods to comprehensively measure protonation of both the ionizable lipid and the formulated LNP. The pKa of the ionizable lipid was 2-3 units higher than the pKa of the LNP primarily due to proton solvation energy differences between the LNP and aqueous medium. We exploited these results to explain a wide range of delivery efficiencies in vitro and in vivo for intramuscular (IM) and intravascular (IV) administration of different ionizable lipids at escalating ionizable lipid-to-mRNA ratios in the LNP. In addition, we determined that more negatively charged LNPs exhibit higher off-target systemic expression of mRNA in the liver following IM administration. This undesirable systemic off-target expression of mRNA-LNP vaccines could be minimized through appropriate design of the ionizable lipid and LNP.


Subject(s)
Gene Expression , Ions/chemistry , Lipids/chemistry , Nanoparticles/chemistry , RNA, Messenger/chemistry , RNA, Messenger/genetics , Administration, Intravenous , Animals , Drug Compounding , Humans , Hydrogen-Ion Concentration , Injections, Intramuscular , Mice , Molecular Structure , Nanoparticles/ultrastructure , RNA, Messenger/administration & dosage , RNA, Messenger/pharmacokinetics , Spectrum Analysis , Tissue Distribution , Transfection
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Drug Des Devel Ther ; 15: 3313-3330, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1348412

ABSTRACT

The acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has spread across the world, resulting in a pandemic COVID-19 which is a human zoonotic disease that is caused by a novel coronavirus (CoV) strain thought to have originated in wild or captive bats in the initial COVID outbreak region. The global COVID-19 outbreak started in Guangdong Province, China's southernmost province. The global response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been hampered by the sheer number of infected people, many of whom need intensive care before succumbing to the disease. The epidemic is being handled by a combination of disease control by public health interventions and compassionate treatment for those who have been impacted. There is no clear anti-COVID-19 medication available at this time. However, the need to find medications that can turn the tide has led to the development of a number of investigational drugs as potential candidates for improving outcomes, especially in the severely and critically ill. Although many of these adjunctive medications are still being studied in clinical trials, professional organizations have attempted to define the circumstances in which their use is deemed off-label or compassionate. It is important to remind readers that new information about COVID-19's clinical features, treatment options, and outcomes is released on a regular basis. The mainstay of treatment remains optimized supportive care, and the therapeutic effectiveness of the subsequent agents is still being studied.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/administration & dosage , COVID-19 Vaccines/administration & dosage , COVID-19/drug therapy , Drug Carriers , Drug Repositioning , Models, Molecular , Animals , Antiviral Agents/chemistry , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/immunology , COVID-19/virology , COVID-19 Vaccines/chemistry , Drug Compounding , Host-Pathogen Interactions , Humans , Nanoparticles , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , SARS-CoV-2/pathogenicity , Vaccination
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Drug Deliv Transl Res ; 11(3): 748-787, 2021 06.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1343054

ABSTRACT

The host immune system is highly compromised in case of viral infections and relapses are very common. The capacity of the virus to destroy the host cell by liberating its own DNA or RNA and replicating inside the host cell poses challenges in the development of antiviral therapeutics. In recent years, many new technologies have been explored for diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of viral infections. Nanotechnology has emerged as one of the most promising technologies on account of its ability to deal with viral diseases in an effective manner, addressing the limitations of traditional antiviral medicines. It has not only helped us to overcome problems related to solubility and toxicity of drugs, but also imparted unique properties to drugs, which in turn has increased their potency and selectivity toward viral cells against the host cells. The initial part of the paper focuses on some important proteins of influenza, Ebola, HIV, herpes, Zika, dengue, and corona virus and those of the host cells important for their entry and replication into the host cells. This is followed by different types of nanomaterials which have served as delivery vehicles for the antiviral drugs. It includes various lipid-based, polymer-based, lipid-polymer hybrid-based, carbon-based, inorganic metal-based, surface-modified, and stimuli-sensitive nanomaterials and their application in antiviral therapeutics. The authors also highlight newer promising treatment approaches like nanotraps, nanorobots, nanobubbles, nanofibers, nanodiamonds, nanovaccines, and mathematical modeling for the future. The paper has been updated with the recent developments in nanotechnology-based approaches in view of the ongoing pandemic of COVID-19.Graphical abstract.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/administration & dosage , Drug Carriers , Nanomedicine , Nanoparticles , Polymers/chemistry , Vaccination , Viral Vaccines/administration & dosage , Virus Diseases/prevention & control , Antiviral Agents/chemistry , COVID-19 Vaccines/administration & dosage , Drug Compounding , Humans , Viral Vaccines/chemistry , Virus Diseases/immunology , Virus Diseases/virology
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PLoS Med ; 18(7): e1003682, 2021 07.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1317138

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: We assessed the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) epidemic in India on the consumption of antibiotics and hydroxychloroquine (HCQ) in the private sector in 2020 compared to the expected level of use had the epidemic not occurred. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We performed interrupted time series (ITS) analyses of sales volumes reported in standard units (i.e., doses), collected at regular monthly intervals from January 2018 to December 2020 and obtained from IQVIA, India. As children are less prone to develop symptomatic severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) infection, we hypothesized a predominant increase in non-child-appropriate formulation (non-CAF) sales. COVID-19-attributable changes in the level and trend of monthly sales of total antibiotics, azithromycin, and HCQ were estimated, accounting for seasonality and lockdown period where appropriate. A total of 16,290 million doses of antibiotics were sold in India in 2020, which is slightly less than the amount in 2018 and 2019. However, the proportion of non-CAF antibiotics increased from 72.5% (95% CI: 71.8% to 73.1%) in 2019 to 76.8% (95% CI: 76.2% to 77.5%) in 2020. Our ITS analyses estimated that COVID-19 likely contributed to 216.4 million (95% CI: 68.0 to 364.8 million; P = 0.008) excess doses of non-CAF antibiotics and 38.0 million (95% CI: 26.4 to 49.2 million; P < 0.001) excess doses of non-CAF azithromycin (equivalent to a minimum of 6.2 million azithromycin treatment courses) between June and September 2020, i.e., until the peak of the first epidemic wave, after which a negative change in trend was identified. In March 2020, we estimated a COVID-19-attributable change in level of +11.1 million doses (95% CI: 9.2 to 13.0 million; P < 0.001) for HCQ sales, whereas a weak negative change in monthly trend was found for this drug. Study limitations include the lack of coverage of the public healthcare sector, the inability to distinguish antibiotic and HCQ sales in inpatient versus outpatient care, and the suboptimal number of pre- and post-epidemic data points, which could have prevented an accurate adjustment for seasonal trends despite the robustness of our statistical approaches. CONCLUSIONS: A significant increase in non-CAF antibiotic sales, and particularly azithromycin, occurred during the peak phase of the first COVID-19 epidemic wave in India, indicating the need for urgent antibiotic stewardship measures.


Subject(s)
Anti-Bacterial Agents/economics , COVID-19/drug therapy , Drug Utilization/statistics & numerical data , Hydroxychloroquine/economics , Pandemics/economics , SARS-CoV-2 , Anti-Bacterial Agents/supply & distribution , Anti-Bacterial Agents/therapeutic use , COVID-19/economics , Commerce/statistics & numerical data , Drug Compounding , Drug Utilization/economics , Humans , Hydroxychloroquine/supply & distribution , Hydroxychloroquine/therapeutic use , India , Interrupted Time Series Analysis , Pandemics/statistics & numerical data
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Molecules ; 26(13)2021 Jun 26.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1295888

ABSTRACT

Nowadays, much attention is paid to issues such as ecology and sustainability. Many consumers choose "green cosmetics", which are environmentally friendly creams, makeup, and beauty products, hoping that they are not harmful to health and reduce pollution. Moreover, the repeated mini-lock downs during the COVID-19 pandemic have fueled the awareness that body beauty is linked to well-being, both external and internal. As a result, consumer preferences for makeup have declined, while those for skincare products have increased. Nutricosmetics, which combines the benefits derived from food supplementation with the advantages of cosmetic treatments to improve the beauty of our body, respond to the new market demands. Food chemistry and cosmetic chemistry come together to promote both inside and outside well-being. A nutricosmetic optimizes the intake of nutritional microelements to meet the needs of the skin and skin appendages, improving their conditions and delaying aging, thus helping to protect the skin from the aging action of environmental factors. Numerous studies in the literature show a significant correlation between the adequate intake of these supplements, improved skin quality (both aesthetic and histological), and the acceleration of wound-healing. This review revised the main foods and bioactive molecules used in nutricosmetic formulations, their cosmetic effects, and the analytical techniques that allow the dosage of the active ingredients in the food.


Subject(s)
Biological Products/therapeutic use , Cosmetics/chemistry , Cosmetics/therapeutic use , Food Ingredients , Green Chemistry Technology/methods , Antioxidants/analysis , Antioxidants/pharmacology , Antioxidants/therapeutic use , Biological Products/pharmacology , Drug Compounding , Humans , Phytochemicals/analysis , Phytochemicals/pharmacology , Phytochemicals/therapeutic use , Skin/drug effects , Vitamins/analysis , Vitamins/pharmacology , Vitamins/therapeutic use
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Crit Rev Ther Drug Carrier Syst ; 38(2): 75-102, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1251764

ABSTRACT

Viral infections such as AIDS, hepatitis, herpes keratitis, and herpes labialis became resistant to drugs and it is difficult to design vaccine. In current era drug-resistant viruses are now treated by nanoparticles (NPs) and this field is known as nanobiotechnology that relates nanoscience with the biological system. NPs due to their antiviral activity are used in the treatment of viral diseases. The advantages of using the NP is its specific target action and increase the efficiency of treatment with minimum side effects. Liposomes, quantum dots, polymeric NPs, solid lipid NPs, silver NPs, gold NPs, and magnetic NPs are used to treat viral infections. NP-based therapeutics have completely replaced the usage of drugs and vaccines for viral diseases treatment. Nano vaccines have been investigated for the delivery of drugs; biomaterials-based NPs are in development to be formulated into nano vaccines. But there are limitations in the manufacturing and stabilization of NPs in the body. This review focuses on the antiviral activity of several NPs, its uptake by different viruses for viral disease treatment, nano vaccines, and the limitation of the NPs as nanotherapeutics.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/therapeutic use , Drug Compounding/methods , Nanoparticles/therapeutic use , Virus Diseases/drug therapy , Viruses/drug effects , Antiviral Agents/chemistry , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Chemistry, Pharmaceutical , Drug Resistance, Viral , Humans , Nanoparticles/chemistry , Treatment Outcome , Virus Diseases/virology , Viruses/isolation & purification
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Int J Mol Sci ; 22(12)2021 Jun 18.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1282514

ABSTRACT

Nanotechnology is an important application in modern cancer therapy. In comparison with conventional drug formulations, nanoparticles ensure better penetration into the tumor mass by exploiting the enhanced permeability and retention effect, longer blood circulation times by a reduced renal excretion and a decrease in side effects and drug accumulation in healthy tissues. The most significant classes of nanoparticles (i.e., liposomes, inorganic and organic nanoparticles) are here discussed with a particular focus on their use as delivery systems for small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs). A number of these new compounds (e.g., Imatinib, Dasatinib, Ponatinib) have been approved as first-line therapy in different cancer types but their clinical use is limited by poor solubility and oral bioavailability. Consequently, new nanoparticle systems are necessary to ameliorate formulations and reduce toxicity. In this review, some of the most important TKIs are reported, focusing on ongoing clinical studies, and the recent drug delivery systems for these molecules are investigated.


Subject(s)
Antineoplastic Agents/pharmacology , Nanotechnology , Protein Kinase Inhibitors/pharmacology , Theranostic Nanomedicine , Animals , Antineoplastic Agents/chemistry , Antineoplastic Agents/therapeutic use , Clinical Trials as Topic , Drug Compounding , Drug Evaluation, Preclinical , Humans , Nanoparticles/chemistry , Neoplasms/diagnosis , Neoplasms/drug therapy , Neoplasms/etiology , Protein Kinase Inhibitors/chemistry , Protein Kinase Inhibitors/therapeutic use , Structure-Activity Relationship , Treatment Outcome
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Biomed Pharmacother ; 141: 111823, 2021 Sep.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1272313

ABSTRACT

Here, we demonstrate that the two distinct formulations of our anti-sepsis drug candidate Rejuveinix (RJX), have a very favorable safety profile in Wistar Albino rats at dose levels comparable to the projected clinical dose levels. 14-day treatment with RJX-P (RJX PPP.18.1051) or RJX-B (RJX-B200702-CLN) similarly elevated the day 15 tissue levels of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) as well as ascorbic acid in both the lungs and liver in a dose-dependent fashion. The activity of SOD and ascorbic acid levels were significantly higher in tissues of RJX-P or RJX-B treated rats than vehicle-treated control rats (p < 0.0001). There was no statistically significant difference between tissue SOD activity or ascorbic acid levels of rats treated with RJX-P vs. rats treated with RJX-B (p > 0.05). The observed elevations of the SOD and ascorbic acid levels were transient and were no longer detectable on day 28 following a 14-day recovery period. These results demonstrate that RJX-P and RJX-B are bioequivalent relative to their pharmacodynamic effects on tissue SOD and ascorbic acid levels. Furthermore, both formulations showed profound protective activity in a mouse model of sepsis. In agreement with the PD evaluations in rats and their proposed mechanism of action, both RJX-P and RJX-B exhibited near-identical potent and dose-dependent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory activity in the LPS-GalN model of ARDS and multi-organ failure in mice.


Subject(s)
Ascorbic Acid/chemistry , Ascorbic Acid/therapeutic use , Magnesium Sulfate/chemistry , Magnesium Sulfate/therapeutic use , Niacinamide/chemistry , Niacinamide/therapeutic use , Pantothenic Acid/chemistry , Pantothenic Acid/therapeutic use , Pyridoxine/chemistry , Pyridoxine/therapeutic use , Riboflavin/chemistry , Riboflavin/therapeutic use , Sepsis/drug therapy , Sepsis/metabolism , Thiamine/chemistry , Thiamine/therapeutic use , Animals , Anti-Inflammatory Agents/chemistry , Anti-Inflammatory Agents/pharmacology , Anti-Inflammatory Agents/therapeutic use , Antioxidants/chemistry , Antioxidants/pharmacology , Antioxidants/therapeutic use , Ascorbic Acid/pharmacology , Dogs , Dose-Response Relationship, Drug , Drug Combinations , Drug Compounding , Female , Humans , Lipopolysaccharides/toxicity , Magnesium Sulfate/pharmacology , Male , Mice , Mice, Inbred BALB C , Niacinamide/pharmacology , Oxidative Stress/drug effects , Oxidative Stress/physiology , Pantothenic Acid/pharmacology , Pyridoxine/pharmacology , Rats , Rats, Sprague-Dawley , Rats, Wistar , Riboflavin/pharmacology , Sepsis/pathology , Superoxide Dismutase/metabolism , Thiamine/pharmacology
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Am J Chin Med ; 49(5): 1017-1044, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1263932

ABSTRACT

The ongoing coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic calls for effective control and prevention. Chinese medicine (CM) has developed systematic theories and approaches for infectious disease prevention over 2000 years. Here, we review and analyze Chinese herbal medicines (CHM) used in infectious disease prevention from ancient pestilences to modern epidemics and pandemics to share cumulative preventive medical experience. A total of 829 formulas, including 329 herbs from 189 ancient books, 131 formulas with 152 herbs, and 13 Chinese patent medicines (CPM) from 30 official Chinese prevention programs used in ancient epidemics, SARS, influenza and COVID-19 prevention, were reviewed and analyzed. Preventive CHM mainly has four functions and can be taken orally or applied externally. CHM that kill pathogens (Realgar [Xionghuang], Cyrtomium Fortunei J. Sm[Guanzhong]) were commonly used externally for disinfection in ancient prevention while CHM tonifying Qi (Astragali Radix [Huangq], Glycyrrhizae Radix et Rhizoma [Gancao]) are used for modern prevention. Taking CHM that expel pathogens (Realgar [Xionghuang], Lonicerae Japonicae Flos[Jinyinhua]) and CHM eliminating dampness (Atractylodis Rhizoma [Cangzhu], Pogostemonis Herba[Guanghuoxiang]) have been commonly used from ancient times to COVID-19. Damp toxins are a common characteristic of infectious diseases such as SARS and COVID-19. Thus, taking CHM expelling damp toxins and tonifying Qi are the main methods for SARS and COVID-19 prevention. CHM with different approaches have been widely used in infectious disease prevention from ancient times to the present. Multiple CM prevention methods may provide new perspectives for future pandemics.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/prevention & control , Drugs, Chinese Herbal/administration & dosage , Animals , COVID-19/epidemiology , Drug Compounding , Drugs, Chinese Herbal/chemistry , Humans , Medicine, Chinese Traditional , Pandemics
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Adv Mater ; 33(26): e2008304, 2021 Jul.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1248674

ABSTRACT

Airborne pathogens pose high risks in terms of both contraction and transmission within the respiratory pathways, particularly the nasal region. However, there is little in the way of adequate intervention that can protect an individual or prevent further spread. This study reports on a nasal formulation with the capacity to combat such challenges, focusing on severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). Formulation of a polysaccharide-based spray, known for its mucoadhesive properties, is undertaken and it is characterized for its mechanical, spray distribution, and antiviral properties. The ability to engineer key mechanical characteristics such as dynamic yield stresses and high coverage is shown, through systematic understanding of the composite mixture containing both gellan and λ-carrageenan. Furthermore, the spray systems demonstrate highly potent capacities to prevent SARS-CoV-2 infection in Vero cells, resulting in complete inhibition when either treating, the cells, or the virus, prior to challenging for infection. From this data, a mechanism for both prophylaxis and prevention is proposed; where entrapment within a polymeric coating sterically blocks virus uptake into the cells, inactivating the virus, and allowing clearance within the viscous medium. As such, a fully preventative spray is formulated, targeted at protecting the lining of the upper respiratory pathways against SARS-CoV-2.


Subject(s)
Drug Compounding , Nasal Sprays , Polymers/chemistry , SARS-CoV-2/physiology , Animals , COVID-19/pathology , COVID-19/virology , Carrageenan/chemistry , Chlorocebus aethiops , Humans , Polymers/pharmacology , Polysaccharides, Bacterial/chemistry , SARS-CoV-2/isolation & purification , Vero Cells , Virus Internalization/drug effects
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Int J Biol Macromol ; 182: 1769-1784, 2021 Jul 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1243011

ABSTRACT

This work attempts to resolve one of the key issues related to the design and development of sustained-release spherule of aspirin for oral formulations, tailored to treat COVID-19. For that, in the Design of Experiments (DOE) an arbitrary interface, "coating efficiency" (CE) is introduced and scaled the cumulative percentage coating (CPC) to get predictable control over drug release (DR). Subsequently, the granules containing ASP are converted to spherules and then to Ethyl cellulose (EC) Coated spherules (CS) by a novel bed coating during the rolling (BCDR) process. Among spherules, one with 0.35 mm than 0.71 mm shows required properties. The CS has a low 1200 angle by Optical Microscopy (OM), smooth surface without cracks by scanning electron microscopy (SEM), and better flow properties (Angle of repose 29.69 ± 0.780, Carr's index 6.73 ± 2.24%, Hausner's Ratio 1.07 ± 0.03) than granules and spherules. Once certain structure-dependent control over release is attained (EC coated spherules shows 10% reduction in burst release (BR) than uncoated spherules showing a release of 80-91%) the predictability is achieved and Design of space (DOS) by DOE (CE-70.14%and CPC-200% and DR-61.54%) is established. The results of DOE to experimentally validated results were within 20% deviation. The aspirin is changing its crystal structure by powder X-ray diffraction (PXRD) and differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) from Form-I to Form-II showing polymorphism inside the drug reservoir with respect to the process. This CE and CPC approach in DOE can be used for delivery system design of other labile drugs similar to aspirin in emergency situations.


Subject(s)
Aspirin , COVID-19/drug therapy , Cellulose/analogs & derivatives , SARS-CoV-2 , Aspirin/chemistry , Aspirin/pharmacokinetics , Cellulose/chemistry , Delayed-Action Preparations/chemistry , Delayed-Action Preparations/pharmacokinetics , Drug Compounding , Drug Liberation , Humans
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Interdiscip Sci ; 13(2): 344-347, 2021 Jun.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1237562

ABSTRACT

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently authorized the two messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 for emergency use against the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) causing the COVID-19 coronavirus disease. BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 vaccines were developed by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, respectively, in 2020. The United Kingdom, Bahrain, Canada, Mexico, United States, Singapore, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and European Union began their vaccination programs with the BNT162b2 vaccine, while the United States and Canada also started the mRNA-1273 vaccination program in mid December 2020. On 28th December 2020, studies reported severe allergic reactions in people who received the BNT162b2, and few people who received the mRNA-1273 vaccine. Authors of the letter thus attempt to explore possible causes of anaphylaxis following COVID-19 vaccination.


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Anaphylaxis/chemically induced , COVID-19 Vaccines/adverse effects , Drug Hypersensitivity/etiology , Vaccination/adverse effects , Vaccine Excipients/adverse effects , Anaphylaxis/immunology , Drug Compounding , Drug Hypersensitivity/immunology , Humans , Nanoparticles , Patient Safety , Risk Assessment , Risk Factors
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Mol Pharm ; 18(6): 2448-2453, 2021 06 07.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1226403

ABSTRACT

Nanomedicine has demonstrated a substantial role in vaccine development against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19). Although nanomedicine-based vaccines have now been validated in millions of individuals worldwide in phase 4 and tracking of sex-disaggregated data on COVID-19 is ongoing, immune responses that underlie COVID-19 disease outcomes have not been clarified yet. A full understanding of sex-role effects on the response to nanomedicine products is essential to building an effective and unbiased response to the pandemic. Here, we exposed model lipid nanoparticles (LNPs) to whole blood of 18 healthy donors (10 females and 8 males) and used flow cytometry to measure cellular uptake by circulating leukocytes. Our results demonstrated significant differences in the uptake of LNP between male and female natural killer (NK) cells. The results of this proof-of-concept study show the importance of recipient sex as a critical factor which enables researchers to better consider sex in the development and administration of vaccines for safer and more-efficient sex-specific outcomes.


Subject(s)
COVID-19 Vaccines/immunology , COVID-19/prevention & control , Nanoparticles/chemistry , SARS-CoV-2/immunology , COVID-19/epidemiology , COVID-19/immunology , COVID-19/virology , COVID-19 Vaccines/administration & dosage , COVID-19 Vaccines/chemistry , Drug Compounding/methods , Fatty Acids, Monounsaturated/chemistry , Female , Healthy Volunteers , Humans , Immunogenicity, Vaccine , Liposomes , Male , Pandemics/prevention & control , Quaternary Ammonium Compounds/chemistry , Sex Factors , Treatment Outcome
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