Bovine lactoferrin activity against Chikungunya and Zika viruses - GreenMedInfo Summary
Bovine lactoferrin activity against Chikungunya and Zika viruses.
J Gen Virol. 2017 Jul ;98(7):1749-1754. Epub 2017 Jul 12. PMID: 28699858
Carlos A M Carvalho
Chikungunya (CHIKV) and Zika (ZIKV) viruses are arboviruses which have recently broken their sylvatic isolation and gone on to spread rampantly among humans in some urban areas of the world, especially in Latin America. Given the lack of effective interventions against such viruses, the aim of this work was to evaluate the antiviral potential of bovine lactoferrin (bLf) in their infections. Through viability, plaque, immunofluorescence and nucleic acid quantification assays, our data show that bLf exerts a dose-dependent strong inhibitory effect on the infection of Vero cells by the aforementioned arboviruses, reducing their infection efficiency by up to nearly 80 %, with no expressive cytotoxicity, and that such antiviral activity occurs at the levels of input and output of virus particles. These findings reveal that bLf antimicrobial properties are extendable to CHIKV and ZIKV, underlining a generic inhibition mechanism that can be explored to develop a potential strategy against their infections.