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Carbohydr Polym ; 273: 118567, 2021 Dec 01.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1363900

ABSTRACT

Diffuse alveolar injury and pulmonary fibrosis (PF) are the main causes of death of Covid-19 cases. In this study a low molecular weight fucoidan (LMWF) with unique structural was obtained from Laminaria japonica, and its anti- PF and anti-epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) bioactivity were investigated both in vivo and in vitro. After LWMF treatment the fibrosis and inflammatory factors stimulated by Bleomycin (BLM) were in lung tissue. Immunohistochemical and Western-blot results found the expression of COL2A1, ß-catenin, TGF-ß, TNF-α and IL-6 were declined in mice lung tissue. Besides, the phosphorylation of PI3K and Akt were inhibited by LMWF. In addition, the progression of EMT induced by TGF-ß1 was inhibited by LMWF through down-regulated both TGF-ß/Smad and PI3K/AKT signaling pathways. These data indicate that unique LMWF can protect the lung from fibrosis by weakening the process of inflammation and EMT, and it is a promising therapeutic option for the treatment of PF.


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COVID-19/complications , Epithelial-Mesenchymal Transition/drug effects , Polysaccharides/administration & dosage , Polysaccharides/chemistry , Pulmonary Fibrosis/complications , Pulmonary Fibrosis/drug therapy , SARS-CoV-2 , A549 Cells , Animals , Bleomycin/adverse effects , COVID-19/virology , Cell Survival/drug effects , Cytokines/antagonists & inhibitors , Cytokines/metabolism , Cytokines/pharmacology , Disease Models, Animal , Humans , Inflammation/drug therapy , Lung/immunology , Male , Mice , Mice, Inbred C57BL , Molecular Weight , Pulmonary Fibrosis/chemically induced , Pulmonary Fibrosis/mortality , Signal Transduction/drug effects
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Crit Care ; 25(1): 224, 2021 06 30.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1286832

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Previous studies reporting the causes of death in patients with severe COVID-19 have provided conflicting results. The objective of this study was to describe the causes and timing of death in patients with severe COVID-19 admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU). METHODS: We performed a retrospective study in eight ICUs across seven French hospitals. All consecutive adult patients (aged ≥ 18 years) admitted to the ICU with PCR-confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection and acute respiratory failure were included in the analysis. The causes and timing of ICU deaths were reported based on medical records. RESULTS: From March 1, 2020, to April 28, 287 patients were admitted to the ICU for SARS-CoV-2 related acute respiratory failure. Among them, 93 patients died in the ICU (32%). COVID-19-related multiple organ dysfunction syndrome (MODS) was the leading cause of death (37%). Secondary infection-related MODS accounted for 26% of ICU deaths, with a majority of ventilator-associated pneumonia. Refractory hypoxemia/pulmonary fibrosis was responsible for death in 19% of the cases. Fatal ischemic events (venous or arterial) occurred in 13% of the cases. The median time from ICU admission to death was 15 days (25th-75th IQR, 7-27 days). COVID-19-related MODS had a median time from ICU admission to death of 14 days (25th-75th IQR: 7-19 days), while only one death had occurred during the first 3 days since ICU admission. CONCLUSIONS: In our multicenter observational study, COVID-19-related MODS and secondary infections were the two leading causes of death, among severe COVID-19 patients admitted to the ICU.


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COVID-19/mortality , Multiple Organ Failure/mortality , Pneumonia, Viral/mortality , Adult , Cause of Death , Female , Hospital Mortality , Humans , Hypoxia/mortality , Hypoxia/virology , Intensive Care Units , Ischemia/mortality , Ischemia/virology , Male , Multiple Organ Failure/virology , Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated/mortality , Pneumonia, Ventilator-Associated/virology , Pneumonia, Viral/virology , Pulmonary Fibrosis/mortality , Pulmonary Fibrosis/virology , Retrospective Studies , SARS-CoV-2
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Chin Med J (Engl) ; 133(12): 1390-1396, 2020 Jun 20.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1050186

ABSTRACT

BACKGROUND: Critical patients with the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), even those whose nucleic acid test results had turned negative and those receiving maximal medical support, have been noted to progress to irreversible fatal respiratory failure. Lung transplantation (LT) as the sole therapy for end-stage pulmonary fibrosis related to acute respiratory distress syndrome has been considered as the ultimate rescue therapy for these patients. METHODS: From February 10 to March 10, 2020, three male patients were urgently assessed and listed for transplantation. After conducting a full ethical review and after obtaining assent from the family of the patients, we performed three LT procedures for COVID-19 patients with illness durations of more than one month and extremely high sequential organ failure assessment scores. RESULTS: Two of the three recipients survived post-LT and started participating in a rehabilitation program. Pearls of the LT team collaboration and perioperative logistics were summarized and continually improved. The pathological results of the explanted lungs were concordant with the critical clinical manifestation, and provided insight towards better understanding of the disease. Government health affair systems, virology detection tools, and modern communication technology all play key roles towards the survival of the patients and their rehabilitation. CONCLUSIONS: LT can be performed in end-stage patients with respiratory failure due to COVID-19-related pulmonary fibrosis. If confirmed positive-turned-negative virology status without organ dysfunction that could contraindicate LT, LT provided the final option for these patients to avoid certain death, with proper protection of transplant surgeons and medical staffs. By ensuring instant seamless care for both patients and medical teams, the goal of reducing the mortality rate and salvaging the lives of patients with COVID-19 can be attained.


Subject(s)
Betacoronavirus , Coronavirus Infections/complications , Lung Transplantation/methods , Pneumonia, Viral/complications , Pulmonary Fibrosis/surgery , Respiratory Distress Syndrome/surgery , Aged , COVID-19 , Coronavirus Infections/mortality , Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation , Humans , Male , Middle Aged , Pandemics , Pneumonia, Viral/mortality , Pulmonary Fibrosis/mortality , Respiratory Distress Syndrome/mortality , SARS-CoV-2
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J Addict Dis ; 39(2): 215-225, 2021.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-975146

ABSTRACT

The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of nationwide lockdown during the Novel Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on an average volume of alcohol consumption and drinking patterns. A survey was conducted with a random sample of 4072 people. The authors found a significant influence of the pandemic period on alcohol consumption compared to the pre-pandemic period. The vast majority of respondents reduced the frequency of consumption of all types of alcohol. However, when the population was divided into subgroups, this differentiation demonstrated that particular groups are more vulnerable to alcohol misuse. Higher frequency of alcohol consumption during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown was most often found in the group of men, people aged 18-24 years, inhabitants of big cities, and remote workers. Besides, significant differences were observed in subpopulations concerning different types of alcohol. Results emphasized the importance of monitoring and implementation of actions aimed at reducing the potential psychosocial impact of COVID-19, including alcohol-related disorders.


Subject(s)
Alcohol Drinking/epidemiology , COVID-19/epidemiology , Health Surveys , Social Isolation , Adult , Aged , Alcohol Drinking/adverse effects , Alcohol Drinking/mortality , COVID-19/diagnostic imaging , COVID-19/enzymology , COVID-19/mortality , Cross-Sectional Studies , Disease Progression , Female , Humans , L-Lactate Dehydrogenase/blood , Male , Middle Aged , Poland , Prognosis , Pulmonary Fibrosis/diagnostic imaging , Pulmonary Fibrosis/enzymology , Pulmonary Fibrosis/epidemiology , Pulmonary Fibrosis/mortality , Sampling Studies , Survival Rate , Tomography, X-Ray Computed
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