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MeSH Disease

HGNC Genes


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    The Molecular Basis of Gender TRANS Variations in Mortality Rates Associated with the Novel Coronavirus ( COVID-19 MESHD) Outbreak

    Authors: Ibrahim Y. Hachim; Mahmood Y. Hachim; Iman Mamdouh Talaat; Vanessa M. López-Ozuna; Narjes Saheb Sharif-Askari; Rabih Halwani; Qutayba Hamid

    id:10.20944/preprints202005.0364.v1 Date: 2020-05-23 Source:

    Since the outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease MESHD ( COVID-19 MESHD) at the end of 2019, the clinical presentation of the disease showed a great heterogeneity with a diverse impact between different subpopulations. Emerging evidence from different parts of the world showed significantly poor outcome among males TRANS compared to female TRANS patients. A better understanding of the molecular mechanisms behind this difference might be a fundamental step for a more effective and targeted response to the outbreak. For that reason, here we try to investigate the molecular basis of the gender TRANS variations in mortality rates related to COVID-19 MESHD infection. To achieve this, we used our in-house pipeline to process publicly available lung transcriptomic data from 141 females TRANS compared to 286 males TRANS. After excluding Y specific genes, our results showed a shortlist of 73 genes that are differentially expressed between the two groups. Our results showed downregulation of a group of genes that are involved in the regulation of hydrolase activity including ( AGTR1 HGNC, CHM MESHD CHM HGNC, DDX3X HGNC, FGFR3 HGNC, SFRP2 HGNC, and NLRP2 HGNC), which is also believed to be essential for lung immune response and antimicrobial activity in the lung tissues in males TRANS compared to females TRANS. In contrast, our results showed an upregulation of angiotensin II receptor type 1 HGNC ( AGTR1 HGNC), a member of the renin HGNC-angiotensin system (RAS) that plays a role in angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 HGNC ( ACE2 HGNC) activity modulation. Interestingly, recent reports and experimental animal models highlight an important role of this receptor in SARS-Coronavirus lung damage MESHD as well as pulmonary edema HP pulmonary edema MESHD, suggesting a possible role of its blockers like losartan and olmesartan as potential therapeutic options for COVID-19 MESHD infection. Finally, our results also showed a differential expression of different genes that are involved in the immune response including the NLRP2 HGNC and PTGDR2 HGNC, further supporting the notion of the sex-based immunological differences. Taken together, our results provide an initial evidence of the molecular mechanisms that might be involved in the differential outcomes observed between both genders TRANS during the COVID-19 MESHD outbreak. This might be essential for the discovery of new targets and more precise therapeutic options to treat COVID-19 MESHD patients from different clinical and epidemiological characteristics with the aim of improving their outcome.

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MeSH Disease
HGNC Genes

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