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    Evidence of SARS-CoV-2 transcriptional activity in cardiomyocytes of COVID-19 patients without clinical signs of cardiac involvement

    Authors: Gaetano Pietro Bulfamante; Gianluca Lorenzo Perrucci; Monica Falleni; Elena Sommariva; Delfina Tosi; Carla Martinelli; Paola Songia; Paolo Poggio; Stefano Carugo; Giulio Pompilio

    doi:10.1101/2020.08.24.20170175 Date: 2020-08-26 Source: medRxiv

    Background - Cardiovascular complication in patients affected by novel Coronavirus respiratory disease MESHD (COVID-19) are increasingly recognized. However, although a cardiac tropism of SARS-CoV-2 MESHD for inflammatory cells in autopsy heart samples of COVID-19 patients has been reported, the presence of the virus in cardiomyocytes has not been documented yet. Methods - We investigated for SARS-CoV-2 presence in heart tissue autopsies of 6 consecutive COVID-19 patients deceased for respiratory failure HP respiratory failure MESHD showing no signs of cardiac involvement MESHD and with no history of heart disease MESHD. Cardiac autopsy samples were analysed by digital PCR, Western blot, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, RNAScope, and transmission TRANS electron microscopy assays. Results - The presence of SARS-CoV-2 into cardiomyocytes was invariably detected. A variable pattern of cardiomyocytes injury MESHD was observed, spanning from the absence of cell death and subcellular alterations hallmarks to the intracellular oedema MESHD and sarcomere ruptures MESHD. In addition, we found active viral transcription in cardiomyocytes, by detecting both sense and antisense SARS-CoV-2 spike RNA. Conclusions - In this analysis of autopsy cases, the presence of SARS-CoV-2 into cardiomyocytes, determining variable patterns of intracellular involvement, has been documented. All these findings suggest the need of a cardiologic surveillance even in survived COVID-19 patients not displaying a cardiac phenotype, in order to monitor potential long-term cardiac sequelae.

    Cardiac involvement in COVID-19 patients: mid-term follow up by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging

    Authors: Hui Wang; Ruili Li; Hong Jiang; Zixu Yan; Xinyan Tao; Hongjun Li; Lei Xu

    doi:10.21203/rs.3.rs-57104/v1 Date: 2020-08-11 Source: ResearchSquare

    Background: Coronavirus disease MESHD 2019 (COVID-19) induces myocardial injury MESHD, either direct myocarditis HP myocarditis MESHD or indirect injury due to systemic inflammatory response. Myocardial involvement MESHD has been proved to be one of the primary manifestations of COVID-19 infection MESHD, according to laboratory test, autopsy, and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI). However, the middle-term outcome of cardiac involvement MESHD after the patients were discharged from the hospital is yet unknown. The present study aimed to evaluate mid-term cardiac sequelae in recovered COVID-19 patients by CMRIMethods: A total of 47 recovered COVID-19 patients were prospectively recruited and underwent CMRI examination in this study. The CMRI protocol consisted of black blood SERO fat-suppressed T2 weighted imaging (BB-T2WI), T2 star mapping, left ventricle cine imaging, pre- and post-contrast T1 mapping, and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). Myocardium edema MESHD edema HP and LGE were assessed in recovered COVID-19 patients. The left ventricle ( LV MESHD) and right ventricle (RV) function and LV mass were assessed and compared with normal controls.Results: Finally, 44 recovered COVID-19 patients and 31 normal controls were included in this study. No edema HP edema MESHD was observed in any patient. LGE was found in 13 patients. All LGE lesions were located in the middle myocardium and/or sub-epicardium with a scattered distribution. Further analysis showed that LGE-positive patients had significantly decreased left ventricle peak global circumferential strain (LVpGCS), right ventricle peak global circumferential strain (RVpGCS), right ventricle peak global longitudinal strain (RVpGLS) as compared to non-LGE patients (p<0.05), while no difference was detected between the non-LGE patients and normal controls.Conclusion: Myocardium injury MESHD existed in about 30% of COVID-19 patients. These patients had peak right ventricle strain that decreased at the 3-month follow-up. Cardiac MRI can monitor the COVID-19-induced myocarditis HP myocarditis MESHD progression, and CMR strain analysis is a sensitive tool to evaluate the recovery of left ventricle circumferential contraction dysfunction MESHD and right ventricular dysfunction MESHD.

    Symptomatology of Coronavirus Disease MESHD 2019 (COVID-19) - Lessons from a meta-analysis across 13 countries

    Authors: Champika Saman Kumara Gamakaranage; Dineshani Hettiarachchi; Dileepa Ediriweera; Saroj Jayasinghe

    doi:10.21203/rs.3.rs-39412/v2 Date: 2020-07-01 Source: ResearchSquare

    Background: COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in varying clinical manifestations and mortality rates. There is no consensus on the symptomatology that would guide researchers and clinicians. Objective: The objective was to identify symptoms and their frequencies of COVID-19 with a meta-analysis of studies from several countries. Data sources: A systematic review using PubMed and Google Scholar data sources and reference tracing TRANS were used to identify 7176 articles. Eligibility criteria: Suitable articles were selected manually with selection criteria and 14 original articles included in meta-analysis. Data abstraction and analysis: PRISMA guidelines, used for data abstraction and a table was generated by feeding it with numbers and proportions of each symptom described. A meta-analysis was carried out using random effect models on each symptom separately across the studies and their prevalence SERO rates and 95% confident intervals were calculated.Results: Selected 14 studies, either cross-sectional or cohort studies are analyzed. There were 2,660 confirmed cases TRANS of COVID-19. The majority were from China (n=2,439, 91.7%) and remainder from the Netherlands, Italy, Korea and India and one article from Europe. There was a total of 32 symptoms identified from the meta-analysis and additional 7 symptoms were identified from reference searching. The most common symptoms were ( prevalence SERO >50%): fever HP fever MESHD (79.56%, 95% CI: 72.17-86.09%), malaise (63.3%, 95% CI: 53.1 – 73.0%), cough HP (56.7. %, 95% CI: 48.6 - 64.6 %) and cold (55.6%, 95% CI: 45.2 – 65.7%). Symptoms of intermediate incidence (5-49%) were; anosmia HP anosmia MESHD, sneezing HP, ocular pain HP ocular pain MESHD, fatigue HP fatigue MESHD, sputum production, arthralgia HP arthralgia MESHD, tachypnea HP tachypnea MESHD, palpitation HP, headache HP headache MESHD, chest tightness HP chest tightness MESHD, shortness of breath MESHD, chills HP, myalgia HP myalgia MESHD, sore throat, anorexia HP anorexia MESHD, weakness MESHD, diarrhea HP diarrhea MESHD, rhinorrhea HP rhinorrhea MESHD, dizziness MESHD, nausea HP nausea MESHD, altered level of consciousness, vomiting HP vomiting MESHD and abdominal pain HP abdominal pain MESHD. Rare symptoms (<5%): tonsil swelling MESHD, haemoptysis, conjunctival injection, lymphadenopathy HP lymphadenopathy MESHD and rash MESHD. Conclusion and implications of key findings: We found (25/32, from meta-analysis) symptoms to be present in =>5% of cases which could be considered as “typical” symptoms of COVID-19. The list of symptoms we identified is different from those documents released by the WHO, CDC, NHS, Chinese CDC, Institute Pasteur and Mayo Clinic. The compiled list would be useful for future researchers to document a comprehensive picture of the illness.  

    Cytokine Release Syndrome-Associated Encephalopathy MESHD Encephalopathy HP in Patients with COVID-19

    Authors: Peggy Perrin; Nicolas Collongues; Seyyid Baloglu; Dimitri Bedo; Xavier Bassand; Thomas Lavaux; Gabriela Gautier; Nicolas Keller; Stephane Kremer; Samira Fafi-Kremer; Bruno Moulin; Ilies Benotmane; Sophie Caillard

    id:10.20944/preprints202006.0103.v1 Date: 2020-06-07 Source: Preprints.org

    Severe disease MESHD and uremia MESHD are risk factors for neurological complications of coronavirus disease MESHD-2019 (COVID-19). An in-depth analysis of a case series was conducted to describe the neurological manifestations of patients with COVID-19 and gain pathophysiological insights that may guide clinical decision-making – especially with respect to the cytokine release syndrome (CRS). Extensive clinical, laboratory, and imaging phenotyping was performed in five patients. Neurological presentation included confusion HP confusion MESHD, tremor HP tremor MESHD, cerebellar ataxia MESHD ataxia HP, behavioral alterations, aphasia HP aphasia MESHD, pyramidal syndrome, coma HP coma MESHD, cranial nerve palsy MESHD, dysautonomia MESHD, and central hypothyroidism HP hypothyroidism MESHD. Neurological disturbances MESHD were remarkably accompanied by laboratory evidence of CRS. SARS-CoV-2 was undetectable in the cerebrospinal fluid. Hyperalbuminorachy and increased levels of the astroglial protein S100B were suggestive of blood SERO-brain barrier (BBB) dysfunction. Brain MRI findings comprised evidence of acute leukoencephalitis MESHD (n = 3, of whom one with a hemorrhagic form), cytotoxic edema HP edema MESHD mimicking ischemic stroke HP ischemic stroke MESHD (n = 1), or normal results (n = 2). Treatment with corticosteroids and/or intravenous immunoglobulins was attempted – resulting in rapid recovery from neurological disturbances MESHD in two cases. Patients with COVID-19 can develop neurological manifestations that share clinical, laboratory, and imaging similarities with those of chimeric antigen receptor-T cell-related encephalopathy HP encephalopathy MESHD. The pathophysiological underpinnings appear to involve CRS, endothelial activation, BBB dysfunction, and immune-mediated mechanisms.

    Early postmortem brain MRI findings in COVID-19 non-survivors

    Authors: Tim Coolen; Valentina Lolli; Niloufar Sadeghi; Antonin Rovai; Nicola Trotta; Fabio S Taccone; Jacques Creteur; Sophie Henrard; Jean-Christophe Goffard; Olivier Dewitte; Gilles Naeije; Serge Goldman; Xavier De Tiege

    doi:10.1101/2020.05.04.20090316 Date: 2020-05-08 Source: medRxiv

    Importance: The severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 MESHD (SARS-CoV-2) is considered to have potential neuro-invasiveness that might lead to acute brain disorders MESHD or contribute to respiratory distress HP in patients with coronavirus disease MESHD 2019 (COVID-19). Brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data in COVID-19 patients are scarce due to difficulties to obtain such examination in infected unstable patients during the COVID-19 outbreak. Objective: To investigate the occurrence of structural brain abnormalities MESHD in non-survivors of COVID-19 in a virtopsy framework. Design: Prospective, case series study with postmortem brain MRI obtained early (<24h) after death MESHD. Setting: Monocentric study. Participants: From 31/03/2020 to 24/04/2020, consecutive decedents who fulfilled the following inclusion criteria were included: death <24 hours, SARS-CoV-2 detection on nasopharyngeal swab specimen, chest computerized tomographic (CT) scan suggestive of COVID-19, absence of known focal brain lesion MESHD, and MRI compatibility. Main Outcome(s) and Measure(s): Signs of acute brain injury MESHD and MRI signal abnormalities along the olfactory tract and brainstem were searched independently by 3 neuroradiologists, then reviewed with neurologists and clinicians. Results: Among the 62 patients who died from COVID-19 during the inclusion period, 19 decedents fulfilled inclusion criteria. Subcortical micro- and macro-bleeds (2 decedents), cortico-subcortical edematous MESHD changes evocative of posterior reversible encephalopathy HP encephalopathy MESHD syndrome ( PRES MESHD, one decedent), and nonspecific deep white matter changes (one decedent) were observed. Asymmetric olfactory bulbs were found in 4 other decedents without downstream olfactory tract abnormalities. No brainstem MRI signal abnormality. Conclusions and Relevance: Postmortem brain MRI demonstrates hemorrhagic MESHD and PRES-related brain lesions in non-survivors of COVID-19 that might be triggered by the virus-induced endothelial disturbances. SARS-CoV-2-related olfactory impairment seems to be limited to olfactory bulbs. The absence of brainstem MRI abnormalities does not support a brain-related contribution to respiratory distress HP in COVID-19.

    Clinical Pathology of Critical Patient with Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia HP (COVID-19)

    Authors: Weiren Luo; Hong Yu; Jizhou Gou; Xiaoxing Li; Yan Sun; Jinxiu Li; Lei Liu

    id:202002.0407/v4 Date: 2020-03-09 Source: Preprints.org

    Background Critical patients with novel coronavirus pneumonia MESHD pneumonia HP ( COVID-19) have worse outcome and high mortality. However, the histopathology of critical patient with COVID-19 remains undisclosed. Methods We performed the whole lung biopsy, and described the pathological changes of critical COVID-19 patient done with transplant by HE staining, immunohistochemistry and special staining observed under the microscopy. Findings The whole lungs displayed diffuse congestive appearance and partly haemorrhagic necrosis MESHD on gross examination. The haemorrhagic necrosis MESHD was prominently present in outer edge of the right lower lung. The cut surfaces of the lung displayed severe congestive and haemorrhagic changes. The main pathological changes showed massive pulmonary interstitial fibrosis MESHD, and partly hyaline degeneration MESHD, variable degrees of hemorrhagic pulmonary infarction MESHD. Small vessels hyperplasia MESHD, vessel wall thickening, lumen stenosis, occlusion and microthrombosis MESHD formation. Focal monocytes, lymphocytes and plasma SERO cells infiltrating into pulmonary HP interstitium. Bronchiolitis HP Bronchiolitis MESHD and alveolitis with proliferation, atrophy MESHD, desquamation MESHD and squamous MESHD metaplasia of epithelial cells. Atrophy MESHD, vacuolar degeneration, proliferation, desquamation MESHD and squamous MESHD metaplasia in alveolar epithelial MESHD cells. Alveolar MESHD cavity congestion was prominent, and contained mucus, edema HP edema MESHD fluid, desquamated epithelial cells, and inflammatory cells. We also found several multinucleate giant cells and intracytoplasmic viral inclusion bodies. Special stains including Masson stain, sirius red staining, reticular fibers staining indicated massive pulmonary interstitial fibrosis MESHD. Immunohistochemistry showed positive for immunity cells including CD3, CD4, CD8, CD20, CD79a, CD5, CD38 and CD68. Interpretation We demonstrate the pathological findings of critical patient with COVID-19, which might provide a deep insight of the pathogenesis and severity of this disease.

    Functional pangenome analysis provides insights into the origin, function and pathways to therapy of SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus MESHD

    Authors: Intikhab Alam; Allan K Kamau; Maxat Kulmanov; Stefan T Arold; Arnab T Pain; Takashi Gojobori; Carlos M. Duarte

    doi:10.1101/2020.02.17.952895 Date: 2020-02-21 Source: bioRxiv

    The spread of the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) has triggered a global emergency, that demands urgent solutions for detection and therapy to prevent escalating health, social and economic impacts. The spike protein (S) of this virus enables binding to the human receptor ACE2, and hence presents a prime target for vaccines preventing viral entry into host cells1. The S proteins from SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 MESHD are similar2, but structural differences in the receptor binding domain (RBD) preclude the use of SARS-CoV-1-specific neutralizing antibodies SERO to inhibit SARS-CoV-23. Here we used comparative pangenomic analysis of all sequenced Betacoronaviruses to reveal that, among all core gene clusters present in these viruses, the envelope protein E shows a variant shared by SARS and SARS-Cov2 with two completely-conserved key functional features, an ion-channel and a PDZ-binding Motif (PBM). These features trigger a cytokine storm that activates the inflammasome, leading to increased edema HP edema MESHD in lungs causing the acute respiratory distress syndrome MESHD respiratory distress HP syndrome ( ARDS MESHD)4-6, the leading cause of death MESHD in SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 infection7 MESHD,8. However, three drugs approved for human use may inhibit SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2 Protein E, either acting upon the ion channel (Amantadine and Hexamethylene amiloride9,10) or the PBM (SB2035805), thereby potentially increasing the survival of the host, as already demonstrated for SARS-CoV-1in animal models. Hence, blocking the SARS protein E inhibits development of ARDS in vivo. Given that our results demonstrate that the protein E subcluster for the SARS clade is quasi-identical for the key functional regions of SARS-CoV-1 and SARS-CoV-2, we conclude that use of approved drugs shown to act as SARS E protein inhibitors can help prevent further casualties from COVID-2019 while vaccines and other preventive measures are being developed.

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