Alkaloids group as medicinal compounds for treatment of COVID-19: A short review
Author(s): Khaled Rashed
Abstract: Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a pandemic caused by Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus. Exploiting the potentials of phytocompounds is an integral component of the international response to this pandemic. Alkaloids are group of natural products known to have wide pharmacological activity and have great potential for the development of new drugs to treat a wide array of pathologies. Some alkaloids have antiviral activity and/or have been used as prototypes in the development of synthetic antiviral drugs. Several mechanisms for the known anti-coronavirus effect of alkaloids were discussed, showing that the alkaloids are interesting compounds with potential use as bioactive agents against SARS-CoV-2.