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MeSH Disease

HGNC Genes

SARS-CoV-2 proteins

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SARS-CoV-2 Proteins
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    Atorvastatin effectively inhibits late replicative cycle steps of SARS-CoV-2 in vitro

    Authors: Maria Isabel Zapata-Cardona; Lizdany Flórez-Álvarez; Wildeman Zapata-Builes; Ariadna Guerra-Sandoval; Carlos Guerra-Almonacid; Jaime Hincapié-García; Maria Teresa Rugeles; Juan Carlos Hernández

    doi:10.1101/2021.03.01.433498 Date: 2021-03-03 Source: bioRxiv

    Introduction: SARS-CoV-2 has caused a pandemic of historic proportions and continues to spread worldwide. Currently, there is no effective therapy against this virus. This article evaluated the in vitro antiviral effect of Atorvastatin against SARS-CoV-2 and also identified the interaction affinity between Atorvastatin and three SARS-CoV-2 proteins MESHD, using in silico structure-based molecular docking approach. Materials and methods: The antiviral activity of Atorvastatin against SARS-CoV-2 was evaluated by three different treatment strategies using a clinical isolate of SARS-CoV-2. The interaction of Atorvastatin with Spike, RNA-dependent RNA polymerase PROTEIN ( RdRp PROTEIN) and 3C-like protease ( 3CLpro PROTEIN) was evaluated by molecular docking. Results: Atorvastatin showed anti-SARS-CoV-2 activity of 79%, 54.8%, 22.6% and 25% at 31.2, 15.6, 7.9, and 3.9 {micro}M, respectively, by pre-post-treatment strategy. In addition, atorvastatin demonstrated an antiviral effect of 26.9% at 31.2 {micro}M by pre-infection treatment. This compound also inhibited SARS-CoV-2 in 66.9%, 75%, 27.9% and 29.2% at concentrations of 31.2, 15.6, 7.9, and 3.9 {micro}M, respectively, by post-infection treatment. The interaction of atorvastatin with SARS-CoV-2 Spike PROTEIN SARS-CoV-2 Spike MESHD, RdRp PROTEIN and 3CL protease PROTEIN yielded a binding affinity of -8.5 Kcal/mol, -6.2 Kcal/mol, and -7.5 Kcal/mol, respectively. Conclusion: Our study demonstrated the in vitro anti-SARS-CoV-2 activity of Atorvastatin, mainly against the late steps of the viral replicative cycle. A favorable binding affinity with viral proteins by bioinformatics methods was also shown. Due to its low cost, availability, well-established safety and tolerability, and the extensive clinical experience of atorvastatin, it could prove valuable in reducing morbidity and mortality from COVID-19 MESHD.

    In vitro screening of anti-viral and virucidal effects against SARS-CoV-2 by Hypericum perforatum and Echinacea.

    Authors: Leena Hussein Bajrai; Sherif Ali El-kafrawy; Rabie Saleh Alnahas; Esam Ibraheem Azhar; Ayush Jain; Roman Sarkar; Abhishek Dubey; Syed Azeez Tehseen; Sharvan Sehrawat; Florian Douam; Nicholas Crossland; Madison M Hebert; Scott W Benzinger; Koushik T Sinha; Keith T Gagnon; Rafael Rezende; Eduardo Cilli; Guilherme Malafaia; Nicholas Thomson; Caroline Buckee; Firdausi Qadri; Tahmina Shirin

    doi:10.1101/2021.01.11.426295 Date: 2021-01-13 Source: bioRxiv

    Special Infectious Agent Unit in King Fahd Medical Research Center at King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, has pursed the anti-viral project field to optimize the group of medicinal plants for human-infectious diseases. We have begun virtually in this field since COVID-19 pandemic MESHD, besides our divergence in the infectious agents. In this study and based on the previous review, Hypericum perforatum (St. Johns Wort) and Echinacea (gaia HERBS(R)) were tested in vitro using Vero E6 cells for their anti-viral effects against the newly identified Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 MESHD (SARS-CoV-2) through its infectious cycle from 0 to 48 hours post infection. The hypericin (0.9 mg) of H. perforatum and the different parts (roots, seeds, aerial) of two types of Echinacea species (Echinacea purpurea and Echinacea angustifolia) were examined their efficacy in certain concentration and under light-dependent anti-viral activities to measure the inhibition of the SARS-CoV-2 mRNA expression of RNA-dependent RNA polymerase PROTEIN ( RdRP PROTEIN) gene and the viral load with quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (qRT-PCR), and to assess the neutralization of the SARS-CoV-2 spike PROTEIN receptor binding on cell culture assay. Interestingly, the mixture (H.E.) of 100 mg/mL of H. perforatum and Echinacea was tested too on SARS-CoV-2 and showed crucial anti-viral activity competing H. perforatum then Echinacea effects as anti-viral treatment. Therefore, the results of gaia HERBS(R) products, H. perforatum and Echinacea species, applied in this study showed significant anti-viral and virucidal effects in the following order of potency: H. perforatum, H.E., and Echinacea on SARS-CoV-2 infectious cycle; and will definitely required a set up of clinical trial with specific therapeutic protocol based on the outcome of this study. Author SummaryAfter an outbreak of Rift Valley Fever MESHD in the Southern region of Saudi Arabia, particularly in May 2003, Special Infectious Agents Unit (SIAU) was established and founded by Prof. Esam Ibraheem Azhar. This unit contains a full range of facilities including Biosafety Level 3, allows him and his research groups to ambulate and culture risk group 3 viruses in Saudi Arabia & Gulf States for the first time. Since that time, SIAU MESHD and our international collaboration have been extended to implement a standard protocols in the infectious agents diagnostics procedure through different mode of collaboration including exchange of expertise, joint research program and more recently a technology transfer agreements with number of international institute sharing same interests. Furthermore, we have been engaged in number of researches related to Hajj & Umrah plus number of national services with the Ministry of Health (MOH) through which, we utilize our Mobile biosafety level 3 Lab to enhance the diagnostics of MERS CoV in the Holly sites during Hajj since 2014. In our SIAU and with a powerful team, we have excellent researches made valuable contributions through in vivo and in vitro animal and human studies, and several human viral pathogens which are a threat to global health security due to millions of pilgrims visiting Saudi Arabia every year from 182 countries: with particular areas of interests in: Alkhurma Viral Hemorrhagic Fever MESHD, Dengue Hemorrhagic Fever Viruses, Rift Valley Fever Virus, MERS-CoV MESHD and more recently the new global infectious diseases threat, Sever Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 MESHD (SARS-CoV-2).

    A recombinant fragment of Human surfactant protein D HGNC binds Spike protein PROTEIN and inhibits infectivity and replication of SARS-CoV-2 in clinical samples

    Authors: Taruna Madan; Barnali Biswas; Praveen Varghese; Rambhadur Subedi; Hrishikesh Pandit; Susan Idicula-Thomas; Indra Kundu; Sheetalnath Babasaheb Rooge; Reshu Aggarwal; Dinesh Tripathi; Savneet Kaur; Ekta Gupta; Sanjeev Gupta

    doi:10.1101/2020.12.18.423415 Date: 2020-12-18 Source: bioRxiv

    Rationale COVID-19 MESHD is an acute infectious disease MESHD caused by the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 MESHD (SARS-CoV-2). Human surfactant protein D HGNC ( SP-D HGNC) is known to interact with spike protein PROTEIN of SARS-CoV, but its immune-surveillance against SARS-CoV-2 is not known. ObjectiveThis study aimed to examine the potential of a recombinant fragment of human SP-D HGNC (rfhSP-D) as an inhibitor of replication and infection of SARS-CoV-2 MESHD. MethodsrfhSP-D interaction with spike protein PROTEIN of SARS-CoV-2 and hACE-2 receptor was predicted via docking analysis. The inhibition of interaction between spike protein PROTEIN and ACE-2 HGNC by rfhSP-D was confirmed using direct and indirect ELISA. The effect of rfhSP-D on replication and infectivity of SARS-CoV-2 from clinical samples was studied by measuring the expression of RdRp PROTEIN gene of the virus using qPCR. Measurements and Main ResultsIn-silico interaction studies indicated that three amino acid residues in the RBD of spike of SARS-CoV-2 PROTEIN were commonly involved in interacting with rfhSP-D and ACE-2 HGNC. Studies using clinical samples of SARS-CoV-2 positive cases (asymptomatic, n=7 and symptomatic, n=8 and negative controls n=15) demonstrated that treatment with 5M rfhSP-D inhibited viral replication by ~5.5 fold and was more efficient than Remdesivir (100 M). Approximately, a 2-fold reduction in viral infectivity was also observed after treatment with 5M rfhSP-D. ConclusionsThese results conclusively demonstrate that the calcium independent rfhSP-D mediated inhibition of binding between the receptor binding domain of the S1 subunit of the SARS-CoV-2 spike PROTEIN protein and human ACE-2 HGNC, its host cell receptor, and a significant reduction in SARS-CoV-2 infection MESHD and replication in-vitro.

    Computational prediction of Carica papaya extracts as potential drug agents against RNA polymerase and Spike proteins PROTEIN of SARS-nCoV2 

    Authors: Rashid Saif; Muhammad Osama Zafar; Muhammad Hassan Raza; Talha Rehman; Saeeda Zia; Abdul Rasheed Qureshi

    doi:10.21203/ Date: 2020-11-09 Source: ResearchSquare

    The emergence of COVID-19 MESHD outbreak caused by SARS-nCoV2 (S evere Acute Respiratory Syndrome MESHDnovel coronavirus 2), lead to the mass-scale mortalities around the world within a short span of time. The hour of the need is to develop the strategies and designing drugs/vaccines to control the spread of this contagion. In this paper, we predict the promising drug agents from the Carica papaya compounds by docking them with two major drug target proteins of S ARS- MESHDnCoV2, spike (7BZ5) and RNA-dependent RNA polymerase PROTEIN (7BW4). For this purpose, we used Molecular Operating Environment Software (MOE) for ligand-protein interactions and docking scores. Furthermore, we used PubChem, P DB MESHDand SwissADME web portals to retrieve ligands structures, proteins structures and to check Lipinski’s physiochemical parameters respectively. Cumulatively, this docking study has shown significant binding energies that (-4.2034 to -8.9013 Kcal/mol) indicates their potential against COVID-19 MESHD treatment. This study needs further evaluation on experimental basis.

    Temporal patterns in the evolutionary genetic distance of SARS-CoV-2 during the COVID-19 MESHD COVID-19 MESHD pandemic

    Authors: Jingzhi Lou; Shi Zhao; Lirong Cao; Zigui Chen; Renee WY Chan; Marc KC Chong; Benny CY Zee; Paul KS Chan; Maggie H Wang; Marian J Killip; Patricia A Cane; Christine B Bruce; Allen D.G Roberts; Guanghui Tian; Haji A. Aisa; Tianwen Hu; Daibao Wei; Yi Jiang; Gengfu Xiao; Hualiang Jiang; Leike Zhang; Xuekui Yu; Jingshan Shen; Shuyang Zhang; H. Eric Xu

    doi:10.1101/2020.11.01.363739 Date: 2020-11-02 Source: bioRxiv

    Background: During the pandemic of coronavirus disease 2019 MESHD ( COVID-19 MESHD), the genetic mutations occurred in severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 MESHD (SARS-CoV-2) cumulatively or sporadically. In this study, we employed a computational approach to identify and trace the emerging patterns of the SARS-CoV-2 mutations, and quantify accumulative genetic distance across different periods and proteins. Methods: Full-length human SARS-CoV-2 strains in United Kingdom were collected. We investigated the temporal variation in the evolutionary genetic distance defined by the Hamming distance since the start of COVID-19 pandemic MESHD. Findings: Our results showed that the SARS-CoV-2 was in the process of continuous evolution, mainly involved in spike protein (S PROTEIN S protein HGNC), the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase PROTEIN ( RdRp PROTEIN) region of open reading frame 1 PROTEIN ( ORF1 PROTEIN) and nucleocapsid protein (N PROTEIN protein). By contrast, mutations in other proteins were sporadic and genetic distance to the initial sequenced strain did not show an increasing trend.

    Different mutations in SARS-CoV-2 associate with severe and mild outcome

    Authors: Adam Nagy; Sandor Pongor; Balazs Gyorffy

    doi:10.1101/2020.10.16.20213710 Date: 2020-10-20 Source: medRxiv

    Introduction. Genomic alterations in a viral genome can lead to either better or worse outcome and identifying these mutations is of utmost importance. Here, we correlated protein-level mutations in the SARS-CoV-2 virus to clinical outcome. Methods. Mutations in viral sequences from the GISAID virus repository were evaluated by using hCoV-19/Wuhan/WIV04/2019 as the reference. Patient outcomes were classified as mild disease, hospitalization and severe disease ( death MESHD or documented treatment in an intensive-care unit). Chi-square test was applied to examine the association between each mutation and patient outcome. False discovery rate was computed to correct for multiple hypothesis testing and results passing a FDR cutoff of 5% were accepted as significant. Results. Mutations were mapped to amino acid changes for 2,120 non-silent mutations. Mutations correlated to mild outcome were located in the ORF8 PROTEIN, NSP6 PROTEIN, ORF3a PROTEIN, NSP4 PROTEIN NSP4 HGNC, and in the nucleocapsid phosphoprotein N. Mutations associated with inferior outcome were located in the surface ( S) glycoprotein PROTEIN, in the RNA dependent RNA polymerase PROTEIN, in the 3'-to5' exonuclease, in ORF3a PROTEIN, NSP2 HGNC NSP2 PROTEIN and N. Mutations leading to severe outcome with low prevalence were found in the surface ( S) glycoprotein PROTEIN and in NSP7 PROTEIN. Five out of 17 of the most significant mutations mapped onto a 10 amino acid long phosphorylated stretch of N indicating that in spite of obvious sampling restrictions the approach can find functionally relevant sites in the viral genome. Conclusions. We demonstrate that mutations in the viral genes may have a direct correlation to clinical outcome. Our results help to quickly identify SARS-CoV-2 infections MESHD harboring mutations related to severe outcome.

    COVID-19 MESHD COVID-19 MESHD Pandemic: Insights into Structure, Function, and hACE2 HGNC Receptor Recognition by SARS-CoV-2

    Authors: Anshumali Mittal; Kavyashree Manjunath; Rajesh Kumar Ranjan; Sandeep Kaushik; Sujeet Kumar; Vikash Verma

    id:10.20944/preprints202005.0260.v2 Date: 2020-07-10 Source:

    SARS-CoV-2 is a newly emerging, highly transmissible, and pathogenic coronavirus in humans, which has caused global public health emergency and economic crisis. To date, millions of infections and thousands of deaths have been reported worldwide, and the numbers continue to rise. Currently, there is no specific drug or vaccine against this deadly virus; therefore, there is a pressing need to understand the mechanism through which this virus enters the host cell. Viral entry into the host cell is a multistep process in which SARS-CoV-2 utilizes the receptor binding domain of the spike glycoprotein PROTEIN (S) to recognize ACE2 HGNC receptors on the human cells; this initiates host cell entry by promoting viral-host cell membrane fusion through large scale conformational changes in the S protein PROTEIN. Receptor recognition and fusion are critical and essential steps of viral infections MESHD and are key determinants of the viral host range and cross-species transmission. In this review, we summarize the current knowledge on the origin and evolution of SARS-CoV-2 and the roles of key viral factors. We discuss the RNA dependent RNA polymerase PROTEIN structure of SARS-CoV-2, its significance in drug discovery, and explain the receptor recognition mechanisms of coronaviruses. We provide a comparative analysis of the SARS-CoV and SARS-CoV-2 S proteins MESHD S proteins PROTEIN, receptor-binding specificity, and discuss the differences in their antigenicity based on biophysical and structural characteristics.

    Analysis of SARS-CoV-2 Genomes from Southern California Reveals Community Transmission Pathways in the Early Stage of the US COVID-19 Pandemic MESHD COVID-19 Pandemic MESHD

    Authors: Wenjuan Zhang; Jean Paul Govindavari; Brian Davis; Stephanie C Chen; Jong Taek Kim; Jianbo Song; Jean Lopategui; Jasmine T Plummer; Eric Vail

    doi:10.1101/2020.06.12.20129999 Date: 2020-06-13 Source: medRxiv

    Given the higher mortality rate and widespread phenomenon of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 MESHD (SARS CoV-2) within the United States (US) population, understanding the mutational pattern of SARS CoV-2 MESHD has global implications for detection and therapy to prevent further escalation. Los Angeles has become an epicenter of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic in the US. Efforts to contain the spread of SARS-CoV-2 require identifying its genetic and geographic variation and understanding the drivers of these differences. For the first time, we report genetic characterization of SARS-CoV-2 genome isolates in the Los Angeles population using targeted next generation sequencing (NGS). Samples collected at Cedars Sinai Medical Center were collected from patients with confirmed SARS-CoV-2 infection MESHD. We identified and diagnosed 192 patients by our in-house qPCR assay. In this population, the highest frequency variants were in known mutations in the 5'UTR, AA193 protein, RdRp PROTEIN and the spike glycoprotein PROTEIN. SARS-CoV-2 transmission within the local community was tracked by integrating mutation data with patient postal codes with two predominant community spread clusters being identified. Notably, significant viral genomic diversity was identified. Less than 10 percent of the Los Angeles community samples resembled published mutational profiles of SARS-CoV-2 genomes from China, while >50 percent of the isolates shared closely similarities to those from New York State. Based on these findings we conclude SARS-CoV-2 was likely introduced into the Los Angeles community predominantly from New York State but also via multiple other independent transmission routes including but not limited to Washington State and China.

    Comparative Docking Studies on Curcumin with COVID-19 MESHD Proteins

    Authors: Renuka Suravajhala; Abhinav Parashar; Babita Malik; Viswanathan Arun Nagaraj; Govindarajan Padmanaban; PB Kavi Kishor; Rathnagiri Polavarapu; Prashanth Suravajhala

    id:10.20944/preprints202005.0439.v3 Date: 2020-06-07 Source:

    Corona virus disease 2019 ( COVID-19 MESHD) is caused by a Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome-Coronavirus MESHD 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which is a positive strand RNA virus. The SARS-CoV-2 genome and its association to SAR-CoV-1 vary from ca. 66% to 96% depending on the type of betacoronavirdeae family members. With several drugs, viz. chloroquine, hydroxychloroquine, ivermectin, artemisinin, remdesivir, azithromycin considered for clinical trials, there has been an inherent need to find distinctive antiviral mechanisms of these drugs. Curcumin, a natural bioactive molecule has been shown to have a therapeutic potential for various diseases, but its effect on COVID-19 MESHD has not been explored. In this study, we show the binding potential of curcumin targeted to a variety of SARS-CoV-2 proteins MESHD, viz. spike glycoproteins PROTEIN (PDB ID: 6VYB), nucleocapsid phosphoprotein (PDB ID: 6VYO), membrane glycoprotein PROTEIN (PDB ID: 6M17) along with nsp10 (PDB ID: 6W4H) and RNA dependent RNA polymerase PROTEIN (PDB ID: 6M71) structures. Our results indicate that curcumin has high binding affinity towards nucleocapsid and nsp 10 proteins with potential antiviral activity.

    Shortlisting Phytochemicals Exhibiting Inhibitory Activity against Major Proteins of SARS-CoV-2 through Virtual Screening

    Authors: Saranya Nallusamy; Jayakanthan Mannu; Caroline Ravikumar; Kandavelmani Angamuthu; Bharathi Nathan; Kumaravadivel Nachimuthu; Gnanam Ramasamy; Raveendran Muthurajan; Mohankumar Subbarayalu; Kumar Neelakandan

    doi:10.21203/ Date: 2020-05-27 Source: ResearchSquare

    Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Corona Virus 2 MESHD (SARS-CoV-2) declared as a pandemic by WHO that has affected more than 40 lakh peoples and caused death MESHD of more than 2 lakh individuals across the globe. Limited availability of genomic information of SARS-CoV-2 and non-availability of vaccines and effective drugs are major problems responsible for the ineffective control and management of this pandemic. Several attempts have been made to explore repurposing existing drugs known for their anti-viral activities, and test the traditional herbal medicines known for their health benefiting and immune boosting activity against SARS-CoV-2.In this study, efforts were made to examine the potential of 721 phytochemicals of 37 plant species in inhibiting major protein targets namely, spike glycoprotein PROTEIN, main protease PROTEIN (MPro), NSP3 HGNC NSP3 PROTEIN, NSP9 PROTEIN, NSP15 PROTEIN, NSP10 PROTEIN- NSP16 PROTEIN and RNA dependent RNA polymerase PROTEIN of SARS-CoV-2 through virtual screening approach. Results of our experiments revealed that SARS-CoV-2 MPro shared significant dissimilarities against SARS-CoVMPro and MERS-CoVMPro indicating the need for discovering novel drugs. This study has identified the phytochemical cyanin (Zingiber officinale) exhibiting broad spectrum inhibitory activity against main proteases PROTEIN of all the three Coronaviruses. Amentoflavone, agathisflavone, catechin-7-o-gallate and chlorogeninwere shown to exhibit multi target inhibitory activity. This study has identified Mangifera indica, Anacardium occidentale, Vitex negundo, Solanum nigrum, Pedalium murex, Terminalia chebula, Azadirachta indica, Cissus quadrangularis, Clerodendrum serratum and Ocimum basilicum as potential sources of phytochemicals combating n COVID-19 MESHD. More interestingly, this study has generated evidences for the anti-viral properties of the traditional herbal formulation “Kabasura kudineer” recommended by AYUSH, a unit of Government of India. Testing of short listed phytochemicals through clinical trials will help in developing effective formulation for management of this pandemic disease. Genomic analysis of identified herbal plants will help in unravelling molecular complexity of therapeutic and anti-viral properties and will pave way for designing synthetic drugs. 

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HGNC Genes
SARS-CoV-2 Proteins

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