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Inhibition of H1N1 influenza virus-induced apoptosis by functionalized selenium nanoparticles with amantadine through ROS-mediated AKT signaling pathways

Authors Li Y, Lin Z, Guo M, Zhao M, Xia Y, Wang C, Xu T, Zhu B

Received 3 November 2017

Accepted for publication 26 January 2018

Published 3 April 2018 Volume 2018:13 Pages 2005—2016


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Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Dr Lei Yang

Yinghua Li,* Zhengfang Lin,* Min Guo, Mingqi Zhao, Yu Xia, Changbing Wang, Tiantian Xu, Bing Zhu

Center Laboratory, Guangzhou Women and Children’s Medical Center, Guangzhou Medical University, Guangzhou, China

*These authors contributed equally to this work

As a therapeutic antiviral agent, the clinical application of amantadine (AM) is limited by the emergence of drug-resistant viruses. To overcome the drug-resistant viruses and meet the growing demand of clinical diagnosis, the use of biological nanoparticles (NPs) has increased in order to develop novel anti-influenza drugs. The antiviral activity of selenium NPs with low toxicity and excellent activities has attracted increasing attention for biomedical intervention in recent years.
Methods and results: In the present study, surface decoration of selenium NPs by AM (Se@AM) was designed to reverse drug resistance caused by influenza virus infection. Se@AM with less toxicity remarkably inhibited the ability of H1N1 influenza to infect host cells through suppression of the neuraminidase activity. Moreover, Se@AM could prevent H1N1 from infecting Madin Darby Canine Kidney cell line and causing cell apoptosis supported by DNA fragmentation and chromatin condensation. Furthermore, Se@AM obviously inhibited the generation of reactive oxygen species and activation of phosphorylation of AKT.
Conclusion: These results demonstrate that Se@AM is a potentially efficient antiviral pharmaceutical agent for H1N1 influenza virus.

Keywords: selenium nanoparticles, amantadine, influenza virus, apoptosis, nanodrug

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