Research papers and Presentation papers

The hypothesis: Based on the aforementioned findings and on documented analogies between SARS-CoV-2 and HIV, we hypothesized that the reduced conversion activity of the Gc protein (human group-specific component (Gc)) into the macrophage activating factor (MAF) could have a key role in the dysregulate immune response induced by SARS-CoV-2, just like for HIV infected patients. If this hypothesis is correct, it might help to set a valid strategy of immunotherapy also based on an off-label use of GcMAF in critically ill COVID-19 patients.

Conclusion: According to the provided literature overview, we firmly believe that GcMAF deserves be tested as immune-therapeutic to increase macrophages functionality for earlier SARS-CoV-2 viral control, protection against COVID-19 progression by limiting epithelial damage, control local inflammation and prevent from the hyperinflammatory immune response. For this purpose, we planned a Phase-II interventional clinical trial evaluating the effectiveness and safety of Oral immunotherapy with Third Generation GcMAF in hospitalized patients with COVID-19 pneumonia (COral-MAF1 Trial) at the “Ospedale del Mare” Hospital, Naples, Italy.

Conference presentation

Conference presentation - 9th International Congress for Medical Laser Applications, Germany

Conference presentation - The 17th Annual Meeting of The Society of Biotherapeutic Approaches, Fukuoka University

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