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Hypothesis Article: The Potential Therapeutic Effects of Colchicine for Prevention of Cytokine Storms Consequences in COVID-19 Patients
  • mohammad hablolvarid
mohammad hablolvarid
Razi vaccine and serum research institute
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Background and Purpose. Since the onset of COVID-19 many clinical trials of drugs and/or vaccines are continuing and new ones are introduce daily. Yet the international research process failed to develop a preventative vaccine or potent therapeutic drugs for relieving the severity of the disease. Therefore, at present the best recommendation to people to slow the spread of the disease is; please stay at home and maintain social distancing! Experimental approach. Many aspects of pharmacotherapeutic mechanism of action of some previously approved drugs with anti-inflammatory effects, such as colchicine, in various disorders is not fully understood. Therefore, many potential therapeutic uses for these drugs and its analogues can be imagined. In this hypothesis article, an attempt has been made to evaluate some potential therapeutic effects of colchicine that may be benefit against COVID-19. Key Results. Prophylactic therapy with colchicine regulates the innate inflammatory response by blocking intracellular signaling pathways. This can inhibit respiratory alveolar destruction following COVID-19 pneumonia, which is the main cause of ARDS and death in these patients. Conclusion and Implications Since the macrophage and granulocytes are the main pro-inflammatory mediators in the lung, it seems application of therapeutic doses of colchicine, before the onset of respiratory problems, will protect the lung against severe damages and respiratory failure in COVID-19 patients. Obviously, many clinical trials are required to prove the validity of this claim.

Peer review status:POSTED

29 Jun 2020Submitted to British Journal of Pharmacology
06 Jul 2020Assigned to Editor
06 Jul 2020Submission Checks Completed