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Neurobiol Dis ; 156: 105422, 2021 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1267874

ABSTRACT

Synthetic glucocorticoids (sGCs) such as dexamethasone (DEX), while used to mitigate inflammation and disease progression in premature infants with severe bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD), are also associated with significant adverse neurologic effects such as reductions in myelination and abnormalities in neuroanatomical development. Ciclesonide (CIC) is a sGC prodrug approved for asthma treatment that exhibits limited systemic side effects. Carboxylesterases enriched in the lower airways convert CIC to the glucocorticoid receptor (GR) agonist des-CIC. We therefore examined whether CIC would likewise activate GR in neonatal lung but have limited adverse extra-pulmonary effects, particularly in the developing brain. Neonatal rats were administered subcutaneous injections of CIC, DEX or vehicle from postnatal days 1-5 (PND1-PND5). Systemic effects linked to DEX exposure, including reduced body and brain weight, were not observed in CIC treated neonates. Furthermore, CIC did not trigger the long-lasting reduction in myelin basic protein expression in the cerebral cortex nor cerebellar size caused by neonatal DEX exposure. Conversely, DEX and CIC were both effective at inducing the expression of select GR target genes in neonatal lung, including those implicated in lung-protective and anti-inflammatory effects. Thus, CIC is a promising, novel candidate drug to treat or prevent BPD in neonates given its activation of GR in neonatal lung and limited adverse neurodevelopmental effects. Furthermore, since sGCs such as DEX administered to pregnant women in pre-term labor can adversely affect fetal brain development, the neurological-sparing properties of CIC, make it an attractive alternative for DEX to treat pregnant women severely ill with respiratory illness, such as with asthma exacerbations or COVID-19 infections.


Subject(s)
Cerebellum/drug effects , Cerebral Cortex/drug effects , Glucocorticoids , Lung/drug effects , Pregnenediones/pharmacology , Prodrugs/pharmacology , Signal Transduction/drug effects , Animals , Animals, Newborn , Anti-Inflammatory Agents/pharmacology , Body Weight/drug effects , Brain/drug effects , Brain/growth & development , COVID-19/drug therapy , Dexamethasone/pharmacology , Female , Mice , Mice, Inbred C57BL , Myelin Basic Protein/biosynthesis , Organ Size/drug effects , Pregnancy , Rats , Rats, Sprague-Dawley , Receptors, Glucocorticoid/drug effects
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Bioorg Med Chem Lett ; 43: 128052, 2021 07 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1196690

ABSTRACT

Ciclesonide is an inhaled corticosteroid used to treat asthma and is currently undergoing clinical trials for treatment of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). An active metabolite of ciclesonide, Cic2, was recently reported to repress severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) genomic RNA replication. Herein, we designed and synthesized a few types of ciclesonide analogues. Cic4 (bearing an azide group) and Cic6 (bearing a chloro group) potently decreased SARS-CoV-2 viral replication and had low cytotoxicity compared with Cic2 (bearing a hydroxy group). These compounds are promising as novel therapeutic agents for COVID-19 that show significant antiviral activity.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/drug therapy , Pregnenediones/pharmacology , RNA, Viral/antagonists & inhibitors , SARS-CoV-2/drug effects , COVID-19/virology , Glucocorticoids/pharmacology , Humans , RNA, Viral/genetics , SARS-CoV-2/genetics , Virus Replication/genetics
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J Virol ; 95(1)2020 12 09.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-968111

ABSTRACT

Here, we screened steroid compounds to obtain a drug expected to block host inflammatory responses and Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) replication. Ciclesonide, an inhaled corticosteroid, suppressed the replication of MERS-CoV and other coronaviruses, including severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the cause of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), in cultured cells. The 90% effective concentration (EC90) of ciclesonide for SARS-CoV-2 in differentiated human bronchial tracheal epithelial cells was 0.55 µM. Eight consecutive passages of 43 SARS-CoV-2 isolates in the presence of ciclesonide generated 15 resistant mutants harboring single amino acid substitutions in nonstructural protein 3 (nsp3) or nsp4. Of note, ciclesonide suppressed the replication of all these mutants by 90% or more, suggesting that these mutants cannot completely overcome ciclesonide blockade. Under a microscope, the viral RNA replication-transcription complex in cells, which is thought to be detectable using antibodies specific for nsp3 and double-stranded RNA, was observed to fall in the presence of ciclesonide in a concentration-dependent manner. These observations indicate that the suppressive effect of ciclesonide on viral replication is specific to coronaviruses, highlighting it as a candidate drug for the treatment of COVID-19 patients.IMPORTANCE The outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, the cause of COVID-19, is ongoing. New and effective antiviral agents that combat the disease are needed urgently. Here, we found that an inhaled corticosteroid, ciclesonide, suppresses the replication of coronaviruses, including betacoronaviruses (murine hepatitis virus type 2 [MHV-2], MERS-CoV, SARS-CoV, and SARS-CoV-2) and an alphacoronavirus (human coronavirus 229E [HCoV-229E]), in cultured cells. Ciclesonide is safe; indeed, it can be administered to infants at high concentrations. Thus, ciclesonide is expected to be a broad-spectrum antiviral drug that is effective against many members of the coronavirus family. It could be prescribed for the treatment of MERS and COVID-19.


Subject(s)
COVID-19/metabolism , Pregnenediones/pharmacology , RNA, Double-Stranded/biosynthesis , RNA, Viral/biosynthesis , SARS-CoV-2/physiology , Virus Replication/drug effects , Animals , COVID-19/drug therapy , Chlorocebus aethiops , Dogs , HeLa Cells , Humans , Madin Darby Canine Kidney Cells , Vero Cells
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J Allergy Clin Immunol ; 146(2): 330-331, 2020 08.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-597639
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Antimicrob Agents Chemother ; 64(7)2020 06 23.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-191429

ABSTRACT

Drug repositioning is the only feasible option to immediately address the COVID-19 global challenge. We screened a panel of 48 FDA-approved drugs against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) which were preselected by an assay of SARS-CoV. We identified 24 potential antiviral drug candidates against SARS-CoV-2 infection. Some drug candidates showed very low 50% inhibitory concentrations (IC50s), and in particular, two FDA-approved drugs-niclosamide and ciclesonide-were notable in some respects.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus/drug effects , Coronavirus Infections/drug therapy , Drug Repositioning , Niclosamide/pharmacology , Pneumonia, Viral/drug therapy , Pregnenediones/pharmacology , Animals , Anti-Inflammatory Agents/pharmacology , Antiviral Agents/pharmacology , COVID-19 , Cell Line , Chlorocebus aethiops , Drug Evaluation, Preclinical/methods , Humans , Pandemics , SARS-CoV-2 , Vero Cells
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