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J Asian Nat Prod Res. 2013;15(4):382-9. doi: 10.1080/10286020.2013.770737. Epub 2013 Mar 6.

The antiviral effect of 7-hydroxyisoflavone against Enterovirus 71 in vitro.

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  • 1Institute of Medicinal Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing 100050, China.


Enterovirus 71 (EV71) is the major causative agent of hand foot and mouth disease. And EV71 causes epidemics worldwide, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region. Unfortunately, currently there is no approved vaccine or antiviral drug for EV71-induced disease prevention and therapy. In screening for anti-EV71 candidates, we found that 7-hydroxyisoflavone was active against EV71. 7-Hydroxyisoflavone exhibited strong antiviral activity against three different EV71 strains. The 50% inhibitory concentration range was between 3.25 and 4.92 μM by cytopathic effect assay. 7-Hydroxyisoflavone could reduce EV71 viral RNA and protein synthesis in a dose-dependent manner. Time course study showed that treatment of Vero cells with 7-hydroxyisoflavone at indicated times after EV71 inoculation (0-6 h) resulted in significant antiviral activity. Results showed that 7-hydroxyisoflavone acted at an early step of EV71 replication. 7-Hydroxyisoflavone also exhibited strong antiviral activity against coxsackievirus B2, B3, and B6. In short, 7-hydroxyisoflavone may be used as a lead compound for anti-EV71 drug development.

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