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SARS-CoV-2 Infection and Lung Cancer: Potential Therapeutic Modalities

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submitted on 2024-05-27, 05:36 and posted on 2024-05-27, 07:59 authored by Ishita Gupta, Balsam Rizeq, Eyad Elkord, Semir Vranic, Ala-Eddin Al Moustafa

Human coronaviruses, especially SARS-CoV-2, are emerging pandemic infectious diseases with high morbidity and mortality in certain group of patients. In general, SARS-CoV-2 causes symptoms ranging from the common cold to severe conditions accompanied by lung injury, acute respiratory distress syndrome in addition to other organs’ destruction. The main impact upon SARS-CoV-2 infection is damage to alveolar and acute respiratory failure. Thus, lung cancer patients are identified as a particularly high-risk group for SARS-CoV-2 infection and its complications. On the other hand, it has been reported that SARS-CoV-2 spike (S) protein binds to angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE-2), that promotes cellular entry of this virus in concert with host proteases, principally transmembrane serine protease 2 (TMPRSS2). Today, there are no vaccines and/or effective drugs against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Thus, manipulation of key entry genes of this virus especially in lung cancer patients could be one of the best approaches to manage SARS-CoV-2 infection in this group of patients. We herein provide a comprehensive and up-to-date overview of the role of ACE-2 and TMPRSS2 genes, as key entry elements as well as therapeutic targets for SARS-CoV-2 infection, which can help to better understand the applications and capacities of various remedial approaches for infected individuals, especially those with lung cancer.

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Published in: Cancers
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  • 2020

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  • Qatar Biomedical Research Institute - HBKU
  • Qatar University
  • Biomedical Research Center - QU
  • Qatar University Health - QU
  • College of Medicine - QU HEALTH

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