Synthetic peptides as a promising alternative to control viral infections in Atlantic Salmon

Constanza Cárdenas, Fanny Guzmán, Marisela Carmona, Cristian Muñoz, Luis Nilo, Alvaro Labra, Sergio H. Marshall

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Viral infections in salmonids represent an ongoing challenge for the aquaculture industry. Two RNA viruses, the infectious pancreatic necrosis virus (IPNV) and the infectious salmon anemia virus (ISAV), have become a latent risk without healing therapies available for either. In this context, antiviral peptides emerge as effective and relatively safe therapeutic molecules. Based on in silico analysis of VP2 protein from IPNV and the RNA-dependent RNA polymerase from ISAV, a set of peptides was designed and were chemically synthesized to block selected key events in their corresponding infectivity processes. The peptides were tested in fish cell lines in vitro, and four were selected for decreasing the viral load: peptide GIM182 for IPNV, and peptides GIM535, GIM538 and GIM539 for ISAV. In vivo tests with the IPNV GIM 182 peptide were carried out using Salmo salar fish, showing a significant decrease of viral load, and proving the safety of the peptide for fish. The results indicate that the use of peptides as antiviral agents in disease control might be a viable alternative to explore in aquaculture.

Original languageEnglish
Article number600
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2020


  • Interfering peptides
  • RNA fish viruses
  • Viral treatment


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