An Antioxidant Enzyme Therapeutic for COVID-19
Posted 15 Jul 2020
bioRxiv DOI: 10.1101/2020.07.15.205211 (published DOI: 10.1002/adma.202004901)
Posted 15 Jul 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a significant toll on people worldwide, and there are currently no specific antivirus drugs or vaccines. We report herein a therapeutic based on catalase, an antioxidant enzyme that can effectively breakdown hydrogen peroxide and minimize the downstream reactive oxygen species, which are excessively produced resulting from the infection and inflammatory process. Catalase assists to regulate production of cytokines, protect oxidative injury, and repress replication of SARS-CoV-2, as demonstrated in human leukocytes and alveolar epithelial cells, and rhesus macaques, without noticeable toxicity. Such a therapeutic can be readily manufactured at low cost as a potential treatment for COVID-19. ### Competing Interest Statement Patent Applied.
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