Virology: Current Research

ISSN: 2736-657X

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Potential Effect of Pomegranate Peels Extract (Punica granatum) against SARS-CoV-2 Virus


Ashraf Fawzy Mosa*, Mostafa Abo Elhoda Mohamed and Ahmed Mostafa

Background: SARS-CoV-2 virus infection poses significant global health challenges and considered a global epidemic sweeping all countries of the world which prompted scientists around the world to search for a quick or safe treatment to preserve people's lives. So far, options for controlling and treating the disease have not been revealed. The current study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of pomegranate peels extract against the SARS-CoV-2 virus in the laboratory.

Methods: In this research, two methods of extraction are carried out ethyl alcohol and distal water extract of pomegranate peels. Activity of the extract assessed using 50% Tissue Culture Infectious Doses (TCID50) method in vero E6 cells.

Results: Pomegranate peels extract had the highest inhibitory effect against SARS- CoV-2 virus with IC50 values of 0.125 μl, 0.0625 μl and 0.031256 μl in vero E6 cells.

Conclusion: Based on our results, the aqueous extract of pomegranate peels can inhibit SARS-CoV-2 virus replication in vitro.


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