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Inhibitory Effect of Ophthalmic Solutions against SARS-CoV-2: A Preventive Action to Block the Viral Transmission?
Petrillo, Francesco; Chianese, Annalisa; De Bernardo, Maddalena; Zannella, Carla; Galdiero, Marilena; Reibaldi, Michele; Avitabile, Teresio; Boccia, Giovanni; Galdiero, Massimiliano; Rosa, Nicola; Franci, Gianluigi.
  • Petrillo F; Department of Ophthalmology, University of Catania, 95123 Catania, Italy.
  • Chianese A; Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", 80138 Naples, Italy.
  • De Bernardo M; Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry "Scuola Medica Salernitana", University of Salerno, 84081 Baronissi, Italy.
  • Zannella C; Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", 80138 Naples, Italy.
  • Galdiero M; Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", 80138 Naples, Italy.
  • Reibaldi M; Department of Surgical Science, Eye Clinic, University of Turin, 10124 Turin, Italy.
  • Avitabile T; Department of Ophthalmology, University of Catania, 95123 Catania, Italy.
  • Boccia G; Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry "Scuola Medica Salernitana", University of Salerno, 84081 Baronissi, Italy.
  • Galdiero M; Department of Experimental Medicine, University of Campania "Luigi Vanvitelli", 80138 Naples, Italy.
  • Rosa N; Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry "Scuola Medica Salernitana", University of Salerno, 84081 Baronissi, Italy.
  • Franci G; Department of Medicine, Surgery and Dentistry "Scuola Medica Salernitana", University of Salerno, 84081 Baronissi, Italy.
Microorganisms ; 9(8)2021 Jul 21.
Article in English | MEDLINE | ID: covidwho-1325735
ABSTRACT
In 2020, a global pandemic was declared following the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the pathogen responsible for COVID-19. The risk of infection is high due to the ease of transmission, which can occur orally, through droplets, or via contact with contaminated surfaces and objects. It has also been demonstrated that the ocular surface can constitute a transmission route, especially in hospital settings, where health care workers can become a dangerous source of infection. In order to increase prevention and reduce the spread of the virus on the ocular surface, the antiviral activity of already-marketed eye drops against SARS-CoV-2 was evaluated. Iodim, Ozodrop, Septavis, and Dropsept were tested against SARS-CoV-2 in plaque-assay experiments at different stimulation times. Furthermore, the expression levels of early and late genes were evaluated through molecular assays. Results indicated that three of the four ophthalmic solutions showed a considerable dose-dependent inhibition of viral replication, highlighting their use as potential antiviral drugs against SARS-CoV-2 and preventing other ocular infections.
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Full text: Available Collection: International databases Database: MEDLINE Language: English Year: 2021 Document Type: Article Affiliation country: Microorganisms9081550