COVID-19: cytokine storm and anticytokine therapy


  • M.V. Bondar Shupyk National University of Public Health of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • M.M. Pylypenko Shupyk National University of Public Health of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine
  • O.A. Loskutov Shupyk National University of Public Health of Ukraine, Kyiv, Ukraine



COVID-19, pro-inflammatory cytokine, anti-inflammatory cytokines, systemic inflammatory response, cytokine storm, acute respiratory distress syndrome, hypercoagulation, mononuclear macrophages, anti-cytokine therapy, glucocorticoids, turmeric-based drugs, review


This review describes in detail one of the key links in the pathogenesis of COVID-19 — the overproduction of pro-inflammatory cytokines that play a key role in the formation of acute respiratory distress syndrome, disseminated intravascular coagulation, multiple organ dysfunction syndromes, and causes high mortality among patients infected with COVID-19. The article deals with the basic directions of intensive therapy for the prevention of development as well as the treatment of cytokine storm and drugs for anti-cytokine therapy. Among drugs with anti-cytokine and anti-inflammatory properties, corticosteroids have the highest evidence base for efficacy and safety. The most promising drugs that require further clinical studies are those that inhibit the activity of the main intracellular regulator of the production of proinflammatory cytokines, the nuclear transcription factor kappa B of immunocompetent cells. These include turmeric-based preparations, which are now at the final stages of the pre-registration studies.


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Bondar, M., Pylypenko, M., & Loskutov, O. (2021). COVID-19: cytokine storm and anticytokine therapy. EMERGENCY MEDICINE, 17(2), 6–13.



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