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J Infect Dis ; 224(3): 415-419, 2021 08 02.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1526165

ABSTRACT

Mutagenic ribonucleosides can act as broad-based antiviral agents. They are metabolized to the active ribonucleoside triphosphate form and concentrate in genomes of RNA viruses during viral replication. ß-d-N4-hydroxycytidine (NHC, initial metabolite of molnupiravir) is >100-fold more active than ribavirin or favipiravir against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), with antiviral activity correlated to the level of mutagenesis in virion RNA. However, NHC also displays host mutational activity in an animal cell culture assay, consistent with RNA and DNA precursors sharing a common intermediate of a ribonucleoside diphosphate. These results indicate highly active mutagenic ribonucleosides may hold risk for the host.


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Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Cytidine/analogs & derivatives , Mutagens/pharmacology , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , Animals , Antiviral Agents/adverse effects , CHO Cells/drug effects , Cells, Cultured , Cricetulus , Cytidine/adverse effects , Cytidine/pharmacology , Dose-Response Relationship, Drug , Mutagenesis/drug effects , Mutagens/adverse effects , SARS-CoV-2/genetics , Virus Replication/drug effects
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J Infect Dis ; 224(3): 415-419, 2021 08 02.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1221478

ABSTRACT

Mutagenic ribonucleosides can act as broad-based antiviral agents. They are metabolized to the active ribonucleoside triphosphate form and concentrate in genomes of RNA viruses during viral replication. ß-d-N4-hydroxycytidine (NHC, initial metabolite of molnupiravir) is >100-fold more active than ribavirin or favipiravir against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), with antiviral activity correlated to the level of mutagenesis in virion RNA. However, NHC also displays host mutational activity in an animal cell culture assay, consistent with RNA and DNA precursors sharing a common intermediate of a ribonucleoside diphosphate. These results indicate highly active mutagenic ribonucleosides may hold risk for the host.


Subject(s)
Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , Cytidine/analogs & derivatives , Mutagens/pharmacology , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , Animals , Antiviral Agents/adverse effects , CHO Cells/drug effects , Cells, Cultured , Cricetulus , Cytidine/adverse effects , Cytidine/pharmacology , Dose-Response Relationship, Drug , Mutagenesis/drug effects , Mutagens/adverse effects , SARS-CoV-2/genetics , Virus Replication/drug effects
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Chem Res Toxicol ; 33(10): 2668-2674, 2020 10 19.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-745890

ABSTRACT

Inflammation is an immune response to protect against various types of infections. When unchecked, acute inflammation can be life-threatening, as seen with the current coronavirus pandemic. Strong oxidants, such as peroxynitrite produced by immune cells, are major mediators of the inflammation-associated pathogenesis. Cellular thiols play important roles in mitigating inflammation-associated macromolecular damage including DNA. Herein, we have demonstrated a role of glutathione (GSH) and other thiols in neutralizing the effect of peroxynitrite-mediated DNA damage through stable GSH-DNA adduct formation. Our observation supports the use of thiol supplements as a potential therapeutic strategy against severe COVID-19 cases and a Phase II (NCT04374461) open-label clinical trial launched in early May 2020 by the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.


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DNA Adducts/drug effects , DNA/drug effects , Glutathione/pharmacology , Inflammation/physiopathology , Peroxynitrous Acid/adverse effects , Acute Disease , Animals , Betacoronavirus , COVID-19 , Cattle , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , DNA/chemistry , DNA Adducts/chemistry , DNA Damage , Glutathione/chemistry , HEK293 Cells , Humans , Mutagens/chemistry , Mutagens/pharmacology , Pandemics , Peroxynitrous Acid/chemistry , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , SARS-CoV-2 , Salmonella typhimurium/genetics
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