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Antiadenoviral effects of ganciclovir in types inducing keratoconjunctivitis by quantitative polymerase chain reaction methods

Authors Huang J, Kadonosono K, Uchio E

Received 2 October 2013

Accepted for publication 10 December 2013

Published 30 January 2014 Volume 2014:8 Pages 315—320


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Jane Huang,1 Kazuaki Kadonosono,2 Eiichi Uchio1

1Department of Ophthalmology, Fukuoka University School of Medicine, Fukuoka, 2Department of Ophthalmology, Yokohama City University Medical Center, Yokohama, Japan

Purpose: The most common external ocular viral infections are caused by several human adenovirus (HAdV) types. Ganciclovir has been reported to inhibit cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex virus types 1 and 2, varicella zoster virus, and Epstein–Barr virus. Ganciclovir ophthalmic gel, 0.15% (Virgan®) is commercially available for cytomegalovirus or herpes virus keratitis. However its inhibitory activity against HAdV is reported only for types 2 and 5. We investigated the antiadenoviral activity of ganciclovir in vitro in several common types currently inducing keratoconjunctivitis.
Materials and methods: A549 cells were used for viral cell culture, and adenovirus types 3 (HAdV3; species B), 4 (species E), and 8, 19a, and 37 (species D) were used. After pretreatment of A549 with serial dilutions of ganciclovir for 24 hours, adenovirus was cultured for 7 days, and adenoviral deoxyribonucleic acid was quantitatively measured by real-time polymerase chain reaction (PCR).
Results: The 50% cytotoxic concentration of ganciclovir was 212 mg/mL. The 50% effective concentration of ganciclovir obtained by real-time PCR ranged between 2.64 and 5.10 mg/mL. A significant inhibitory effect of ganciclovir on adenoviral proliferation was found in all types in a dose-dependent manner. The selectivity index of ganciclovir ranged between 41.6 and 80.3.
Conclusion: Ganciclovir showed significant inhibitory activity against HAdV3, 4, 8, 19a, and 37, which induce epidemic keratoconjunctivitis. These results indicate that ganciclovir is a possible candidate for the treatment of HAdV keratoconjunctivitis, and ganciclovir ophthalmic gel could be applied to adenoviral keratoconjunctivitis in the future.

Keywords: adenovirus, ganciclovir, epidemic keratoconjunctivitis, nucleoside analog, A549 cell line

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