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  1. Al-Qubaisi MS, Rasedee A, Flaifel MH, Eid EEM, Hussein-Al-Ali S, Alhassan FH, et al.
    Eur J Pharm Sci, 2019 May 15;133:167-182.
    PMID: 30902654 DOI: 10.1016/j.ejps.2019.03.015
    Thymoquinone is an effective phytochemical compound in the treatment of various diseases. However, its practical administration has been limited due to poor aqueous solubility and bioavailability. In this work, we developed a novel inclusion complex of thymoquinone and hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin that features improved solubility and bioactivity. The drug solubility was markedly accelerated in the increasing ratio of hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin to thymoquinone amount. The formation of the thymoquinone/hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin inclusion complex was evidenced using X-ray diffraction, differential scanning calorimetry, thermal gravimetric analysis, Fourier transform infrared, scanning electron microscopy and nuclear magnetic resonance. The release behavior of the complex, as well as of their mixtures, was examined in artificial gastric (pH 1.2) and intestinal (pH 6.8) dissolution media. The formulated complex released the drug rapidly at the initial stage, followed by a slow release. Thermodynamic parameters ΔH, ΔS and ΔG were calculated with temperatures ranging from 20 to 45 °C to evaluate the complexation process. The activity of the inclusion complex was evaluated on IgE-mediated allergic response in rat basophilic leukemia (RBL-2H3) cells by monitoring key allergic mediators. The results revealed that compared with free thymoquinone, the inclusion complex more strongly inhibited the release of histamine, tumor necrosis factor-α, and interleukin-4, and was not cytotoxic at the tested thymoquinone concentrations (0.125-4 μg/mL) indicating the inclusion complex possibly had better antiallergic effects. Our finding suggested that the inclusion complex achieved prolonged action and reduced side-effect of thymoquinone.
  2. Al-Qubaisi MS, Rasedee A, Flaifel MH, Ahmad SH, Hussein-Al-Ali S, Hussein MZ, et al.
    Int J Nanomedicine, 2013;8:4115-29.
    PMID: 24204141 DOI: 10.2147/IJN.S50061
    The long-term objective of the present study was to determine the ability of NiZn ferrite nanoparticles to kill cancer cells. NiZn ferrite nanoparticle suspensions were found to have an average hydrodynamic diameter, polydispersity index, and zeta potential of 254.2 ± 29.8 nm, 0.524 ± 0.013, and -60 ± 14 mV, respectively. We showed that NiZn ferrite nanoparticles had selective toxicity towards MCF-7, HepG2, and HT29 cells, with a lesser effect on normal MCF 10A cells. The quantity of Bcl-2, Bax, p53, and cytochrome C in the cell lines mentioned above was determined by colorimetric methods in order to clarify the mechanism of action of NiZn ferrite nanoparticles in the killing of cancer cells. Our results indicate that NiZn ferrite nanoparticles promote apoptosis in cancer cells via caspase-3 and caspase-9, downregulation of Bcl-2, and upregulation of Bax and p53, with cytochrome C translocation. There was a concomitant collapse of the mitochondrial membrane potential in these cancer cells when treated with NiZn ferrite nanoparticles. This study shows that NiZn ferrite nanoparticles induce glutathione depletion in cancer cells, which results in increased production of reactive oxygen species and eventually, death of cancer cells.
  3. Al-Qubaisi MS, Rasedee A, Flaifel MH, Ahmad SH, Hussein-Al-Ali S, Hussein MZ, et al.
    Int J Nanomedicine, 2013;8:2497-508.
    PMID: 23885175 DOI: 10.2147/IJN.S42367
    In this study, in vitro cytotoxicity of nickel zinc (NiZn) ferrite nanoparticles against human colon cancer HT29, breast cancer MCF7, and liver cancer HepG2 cells was examined. The morphology, homogeneity, and elemental composition of NiZn ferrite nanoparticles were investigated by scanning electron microscopy, transmission electron microscopy, and energy dispersive X-ray spectroscopy, respectively. The exposure of cancer cells to NiZn ferrite nanoparticles (15.6-1,000 μg/mL; 72 hours) has resulted in a dose-dependent inhibition of cell growth determined by MTT (3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide) assay. The quantification of caspase-3 and -9 activities and DNA fragmentation to assess the cell death pathway of the treated cells showed that both were stimulated when exposed to NiZn ferrite nanoparticles. Light microscopy examination of the cells exposed to NiZn ferrite nanoparticles demonstrated significant changes in cellular morphology. The HepG2 cells were most prone to apoptosis among the three cells lines examined, as the result of treatment with NiZn nanoparticles. In conclusion, NiZn ferrite nanoparticles are suggested to have potential cytotoxicity against cancer cells.
  4. Al-Qubaisi MS, Al-Abboodi AS, Alhassan FH, Hussein-Al-Ali S, Flaifel MH, Eid EEM, et al.
    Saudi Pharm J, 2022 Apr;30(4):347-358.
    PMID: 35527823 DOI: 10.1016/j.jsps.2022.02.002
    In this study, we formulated Thymoquinone-loaded nanocomposites (TQ-NCs) using high-pressure homogenizer without sodium tripolyphosphate. The TQ-NCs were characterized and their anti-inflammatory determined by the response of the LPS-stimulated macrophage RAW 264.7 cells in the production of nitric oxide, prostaglandin E2, tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin-6, and interleukin-1β. The physicochemical properties of TQ-NC were determined using different machines. TQ was fully incorporated in the highly thermal stable nanoparticles. The nanoparticles showed rapid release of TQ in the acidic medium of the gastric juice. In medium of pH 6.8, TQ-NC exhibited sustained release of TQ over a period of 100 h. The results suggest that TQ-NC nanoparticles have potential application as parenterally administered therapeutic compound. TQ-NC effectively reduce production of inflammatory cytokines by the LPS-stimulated RAW 264.7 cells, indicating that they have anti-inflammatory properties. In conclusion, TQ-NC nanoparticles have the characteristics of efficient carrier for TQ and an effective anti-inflammatory therapeutic compound.
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