Antiviral agent. Inhibits IMPDH2, which interacts with SARS-CoV-2 Nsp14; may also inhibit viral RNA polymerase. ordon et al. bioRxiv, Mar 23 2020; https://doi.org/10.1101/2020.03.22.002386; Liu et al. ACS Cent. Sci., 6:315-331, Mar 12 2020, https://doi.org/10.1021/acscentsci.0c00272; Wang et al. Cell Res 30:269–271, Feb 4 2020, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41422-020-0282-0.
Biochemicals & reagents
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Ribavirin is a clinically relevant antiviral medication for Hepatitis C, viral hemorrhagic fevers and other RNA and DNA viruses. The exact mechanism of its antiviral activity is uncertain but several proposals include inhibition of viral polymerase (1), RNA mutagenesis (2) and inosine monophosphate dehydrogenase (IMPDH) inhibition (3).