Review Article

Neutrophils, NETs, NETosis and their paradoxical roles in COVID-19

Al-Anazi KA*, Al-Anazi WK and Al-Jasser AM

Published: 11 May, 2020 | Volume 4 - Issue 1 | Pages: 003-010

The pandemic of COVID-19 has adversely affected the world in many aspects. The health and economic sectors suffer most of the repercussions of this disease. The search for a cure for this rapidly spreading virus which is causing massive life losses worldwide requires clear understanding of the immunopathogenesis of this virus so as to develop pinpointed targeted therapies rather than relying mainly on supportive care measures and drug repurposing to fight this life-threatening virus infection.

Neutrophils, neutrophil extracellular traps (NETs), and NETosis are not well studied not only in COVID-19, but also in coroviruses in general. The review will shed lights on the functions of neutrophils, NETs, and NETosis in various infectious complications as well as in sepsis and acute lung conditions in an attempt to understand their actual roles and in order to help in designing targeted therapies in the near future.

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Neutrophils; Neutrophil extracellular traps; NETosis; COVID-19; Aute respiratory distress syndrome; Respiratory failure


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