[Antiviral activity of arbidol and its derivatives against the pathogen of severe acute respiratory syndrome in the cell cultures]

Vopr Virusol. Jul-Aug 2008;53(4):9-13.
[Article in Russian]


Experimental studies of arbidol and arbidol mesylate versus ribavirin suggest that insertion of these agents into the nutrient medium of the cultured cells GMK-AH-1 (D) after infection at concentrations of 50, 25, and 100 microg/ml, respectively, is effective in suppressing the reproduction of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) virus. Arbidol and arbidol mesylate were shown to have a direct antiviral effect in early viral replication in the cultured cells. The promising antiviral agent is arbidol mesylate that is nearly 5 times as effective as arbidol in reducing the reproduction of SARS virus in the cultured cells. Insertion of arbidol, arbidol mesylate, and ribavirin into the nutrient medium 2 hours after infection of porcine embryonic renal cells caused a reduction in the accumulation of the pathogen by 2.5, 2.1, and 2.6 Ig, respectively.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Antiviral Agents / pharmacology*
  • Cell Line
  • Chlorocebus aethiops
  • Dose-Response Relationship, Drug
  • Indoles / pharmacology*
  • Ribavirin / pharmacology
  • SARS Virus / drug effects*
  • SARS Virus / physiology
  • Virus Replication / drug effects


  • Antiviral Agents
  • Indoles
  • Ribavirin
  • umifenovir