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Mahfoozur Rahman, Sarwar Beg, Amita Verma, Fahad A Al Abbasi, Firoz Anwar, Sumant Saini, Sohail Akhter, Vikas Kumar
OBJECTIVES: The present review explores the therapeutic application of herbals in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) therapy, and how nano/submicromedicine can be fit in the scope of its therapeutic delivery in RA has been addressed. KEY FINDINGS: Incorporation of bioactive such as polyphenols, thymoquinone, resveratrol, hesperidin, curcumin, celastrol and gambogic acid in a dose-dependent manner showed quite high efficacy for the treatment of RA. It can be attributed to their targeting ability against various inflammatory mediators including nitric oxide (NO), cytokines, chemokines, adhesion molecules, NF-kβ, lipoxygenase (LOXs) and arachidonic acid (AA)...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
Mahmut Ogurlu, Ozlem Celebi Erdivanli, Levent Tumkaya, Abdulkadir Ozgur, Zerrin Ozergin Coskun, Suat Terzi, Munir Demirci, Engin Dursun
Thymoquinone has antioxidant properties. We hypothesized that thymoquinone may prevent or alleviate hearing loss induced by acoustic trauma. We aimed to study thymoquinone's effect on hearing function with distortion-product otoacoustic emissions and auditory brainstem response. Thirty adult Spraque Dawley rats were randomized into four groups following exposure to acoustic trauma for 4 h. Control group (n = 7) did not receive further treatment. Thymoquinone-20 (n = 8) and Thymoquinone-40 (n = 8) received 20 and 40 mg/kg of intraperitoneal thymoquinone, respectively...
October 20, 2016: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
Sibghatullah Muhammad Ali Sangi
BACKGROUND: Since long high fat diet (HFD) is being blamed for causing fatty degeneration of liver and formation of atheromatous plaques. At present, no proper pharmacotherapy is available for both the conditions. In this study, different substances containing monounsaturated fatty acids were used to observe their protective effects in the HFD induced damage to liver and coronary vessels. OBJECTIVES: To discover effective therapeutic agents for HFD induced fatty degeneration of liver and atheromatous plaques...
July 2016: Pharmacognosy Magazine
Yiye Shao, Yonghao Feng, Yangmei Xie, Qiong Luo, Long Chen, Bing Li, Yinghui Chen
Inflammation plays a pivotal role in status epilepticus (SE). Thymoquinone (TQ) is a bioactive monomer extracted from black seed (Nigella sativa) oil, which has anti-inflammatory properties in the context of various diseases. This study explored the protective effects of TQ in SE and used a lithium-pilocarpine model of SE to investigate the underlying mechanism, which was related to inflammation mediated by the NF-κB signaling pathway. In the present study, latency to SE increased in the TQ-pretreated group compared with the SE group, and the incidence of SE was significantly reduced...
October 18, 2016: Neurochemical Research
B Erol, U Sari, A S Amasyali, S Ozkanli, S Sogut, V Hanci, O Efiloglu, Y O Danacioglu, P Engin, F Yencilek, G Atis, A Yildirim, O A Alkoc, T Caskurlu
We aimed to compare the preventive effects of combined antioxidants (CA1, 2) with a single antioxidant drug (thymoquinone; TQ) on experimental testis Ischemia/Reperfusion (I/R) injury. Thirty-five adult male Wistar rats were divided into five groups of seven rats each: control, testis I/R, testis I/R + CA1, testis I/R + CA2, and testis I/R + TQ. After 1 h of testicular ischemia, reperfusion was achieved by detorsion for 4 h. Antioxidants were intraperitoneally administered for 30 min prior to reperfusion...
October 16, 2016: Andrology
Mona Pazhouhi, Reyhaneh Sariri, Arezou Rabzia, Mozafar Khazaei
OBJECTIVES: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is one of the most lethal forms of human cancer and temozolomide (TMZ) is currently part of the standard treatment for this disease. Combination therapy using natural substances can enhance the anti-cancer activity of TMZ. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effect of TMZ in combination with thymoquinone (TQ) on human GBM cell line (U87MG). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The cell line was treated with TMZ and/or TQ. Cell viability was assessed using trypan blue and MTT assay...
August 2016: Iranian Journal of Basic Medical Sciences
Xiao-Yu Xiao, Ying-Xian Zhu, Ju-Yuan Bu, Guo-Wei Li, Jian-Hui Zhou, Shao-Peng Zhou
The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the neuroprotective efficacy of optimized thymoquinone loaded PLGA-chitosan nanoparticles delivered via nose to brain route in the rodent cerebral ischemia-reperfusion model. The neuroprotective efficacy of the optimized thymoquinone loaded PLGA-chitosan nanoparticles was evaluated in middle cerebral artery occluded rats by various pharmacodynamic and biochemical studies. The pharmacokinetics of thymoquinone loaded PLGA-chitosan nanoparticles in the brain and blood plasma together with qualitative localization of florescent labelled PLGA-chitosan nanoparticles in brain tissues were also determined...
2016: BioMed Research International
Mohamed Abd-Elbaset, El-Shaimaa A Arafa, Gamal A El Sherbiny, Mohamed S Abdel-Bakky, Abdel Nasser A M Elgendy
Oxidative and nitrosative stress-induced endothelial cell damage play an essential role in the pathogenesis of hepatic ischemia-reperfusion (IR) injury. IR is associated with reduced eNOS expression and exacerbated by superimposed stress. NOSTRIN induces intracellular endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) translocation and inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) increases nitric oxide (NO) production. Our aim was to assess hepatic expression of iNOS, eNOS, and NOSTRIN in IR with or without N-acetylcysteine (NAC) or thymoquinone (TQ) pretreatment and to compare their hepatoprotective effects...
October 7, 2016: Naunyn-Schmiedeberg's Archives of Pharmacology
Lida Zhang, Yangqiu Bai, Yuxiu Yang
In the present study, the effects and molecular mechanisms of thymoquinone (TQ) on colon cancer cells were investigated. Cell viability was determined using a Cell Counting Kit-8 assay, and the results revealed that treatment with TQ significantly decreased cell viability in COLO205 and HCT116 cells in a dose-dependent manner. TQ treatment additionally sensitized COLO205 and HCT116 cells to cisplatin therapy in a concentration-dependent manner. To investigate the molecular mechanisms of TQ action, western blot analysis was used to determine the levels of phosphorylated p65 and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB)-regulated gene products vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), c-Myc and B-cell lymphoma 2 (Bcl-2)...
October 2016: Oncology Letters
Mohd Ishtikhar, Rahisuddin, Mohsin Vahid Khan, Rizwan Hasan Khan
Quaternary amine of diethylaminoethyl rosin ester (QRMAE), chemically synthesized by rosin modified biocompatible cationic surfactant, has various biological applications in the field of pharmacy as well as used as food product additive. Here, we report biophysical insights in to the interaction mechanism of thymoquinone (TQ), copper nanoparticles (Cu-NPs) and QRMAE with bovine serum albumin (BSA) individually and also in complexes forms to determine their competitive binding affinity. We have also studied the aggregation-inhibition effects of Cu-NPs and TQ individually, as well as in complexes form in the presence of QRMAE surfactant which is responsible for induction of amorphous aggregates in BSA within hours of incubation at 65°C and physiological pH...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
Yong Yang, Ting Bai, You-Li Yao, De-Quan Zhang, Yan-Ling Wu, Li-Hua Lian, Ji-Xing Nan
Thymoquinone (TQ) is a biologically active compound isolated from the seeds of Nigella sativa L. (Ranuculaceae). This study investigated the hepato-protective effect of TQ on liver injury through AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK) signaling in hepatic stellate cells (HSCs). In vitro, TGF-β time-dependently attenuated liver kinase B-1 (LKB1) and AMPK phosphorylation, which were blocked by pretreatment with TQ and AICAR (an activator of AMPK). TQ significantly inhibited collagen-Ι, α-SMA, TIMP-1 and enhanced MMP-13 expression, contributing to prevent TGF-β-induced human HSCs activation...
September 26, 2016: Toxicology Letters
Axelle Bonhomme, Claire Poreaux, Fabienne Jouen, Jean-Luc Schmutz, Pierre Gillet, Annick Barbaud
Nigella sativa oil (NSO), extracted from the plant Nigella sativa, is traditionally used in Africa and Asia for many therapeutic properties. Thymoquinone, its main constituent, has cellular and molecular targets, with pharmacological activities proved against various diseases.(1) We report the succession of an atypical Stevens-Johnson syndrome (SJS)/toxic epidermal necrolysis (TEN) overlap to NSO and bullous pemphigoid (BP). Furthermore, we review the cases of bullous cutaneous adverse drug reactions (CADRs) with traditional herbal medicines (THM)...
September 29, 2016: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
Abdelghany Hassan Abdelghany, Mohammad A BaSalamah, Shakir Idris, Jawwad Ahmad, Bassem Refaat
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D (VitD) and thymoquinone (TQ) are nutraceutical agents with well-known immunomodulatory and hepatoprotective properties. This study measured whether VitD and TQ, individually or combined, could have direct fibrolytic activities and/or enhanced performance during remedial treatment of liver fibrosis established by CCl4 in rats. METHODS: Eighty five male Wistar rats were used as 10 negative controls (NC) and the remainders were distributed equally into 5 groups: short (S-PC) and long (L-PC) positive controls, TQ, VitD and VitD/TQ groups...
September 29, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
Nameer Khairullah Mohammed, Mohd Yazid Abd Manap, Chin Ping Tan, Belal J Muhialdin, Amaal M Alhelli, Anis Shobirin Meor Hussin
The Nigella sativa L. popularly referred to as black seeds are widely used as a form of traditional nutrition and medicine. N. sativa seeds were used for the extraction of their oil by way of supercritical fluid extraction (SFE) and cold press (CP) to determine the physicochemical properties, antioxidant activity, and thermal behavior. The GC-MS results showed the primary constituents in the Nigella sativa oil (NSO) were Caryophyllene (17.47%) followed by thymoquinone (TQ) (11.80%), 1,4-Cyclohexadiene (7.17%), longifolene (3...
2016: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
Makini K Cobourne-Duval, Equar Taka, Patricia Mendonca, David Bauer, Karam F A Soliman
Both neuroinflammation and microglial activation are pathological markers of a number of central nervous system (CNS) diseases. During chronic activation of the microglial cells, the induced release of excessive amounts of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and pro-inflammatory cytokines have been implicated in several neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Thymoquinone (TQ), a major bioactive compound of the natural product Nigella sativa seed, has been shown to be effective against numerous oxidative stress-induced and inflammatory disorders as well as possess neuroprotective properties...
September 1, 2016: Neurochemical Research
Eun Jung Park, Anil Kumar Chauhan, Kyoung-Jin Min, Dong Cheol Park, Taeg Kyu Kwon
Renal carcinoma is a common and frequently fatal carcinoma occurring worldwide and death rates due to this carcinoma are increasing with time. In the present study, we investigated the potential of thymoquinone a natural compound to induce apoptosis in renal carcinoma Caki cells. Thymoquinone efficiently enhanced the apoptotic population of Caki cells in a dose-dependent manner. Moreover, thymoquinone-mediated apoptosis caused downregulation of c-FLIP and Bcl-2, the master regulators of the anti-apoptotic mechanism...
October 2016: Oncology Reports
Lamiaa Ibrahim AbdEl Fattah, Maha Baligh Zickri, Lobna Abdel Aal, Ola Heikal, Esraa Osama
Background and Objectives: Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia among older persons. Thymoquinone (TQ) has anti-inflammatory, anticonvulsant and antioxidant activity. A novel α7 nicotinic acetyl choline receptor (α7 nAChR ) agonist (PNU- 282987) have been identified to enhance the cognitive performance. An alternative treatment strategy via compounds known as nicotinic "positive allosteric modulators" (PAMs) has been reported. This study was designed to investigate the combination of PAM of α7 nAChRs with PNU- 282987 or with TQ as a possible treatment for AD in rat...
August 31, 2016: International Journal of Stem Cells
Khaled S Abdelkawy, Mark E Balyshev, Fawzy Elbarbry
A simple, accurate, and reproducible High Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) method has been developed and validated for the quantification of quercetin (QR) in rat plasma. The method involves a simple protein precipitation procedure to extract both QR and thymoquinone (TQ), the internal standard. The chromatographic analysis was achieved on a Shimadzu LC 20A HPLC system equipped with a Supelcosil LC-18 T C18 column and an isocratic mobile phase consisted of 0.3% trichloroacetic acid in water and acetonitrile HPLC grade (50:50, v/v) run at a flow rate of 0...
August 24, 2016: Biomedical Chromatography: BMC
Long Chen, Bing Li, Biqin Chen, Yiye Shao, Qiong Luo, Xiaohong Shi, Yinghui Chen
Thymoquinone has been reported to exhibit antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Inflammation plays an important role in pathogenesis of diabetic peripheral neuropathy. This study investigated the effects of TQ on proliferation and apoptosis of Schwann cells exposed to high glucose conditions and electrophysiological and morphological changes of the sciatic nerve in a DPN rat model as well as relevant inflammatory mechanism. Cell proliferation and apoptosis of Schwann cells were measured using the Cell Counting Kit-8 and flow cytometry...
2016: Scientific Reports
Sedigheh Ganji-Harsini, Mozafar Khazaei, Zahra Rashidi, Ali Ghanbari
OBJECTIVE: Thymoquinone (TQ), as the main component of Nigella Sativa plant, shows anticancer properties. This study was aimed to evaluate the combined effect of TQ and Tamoxifen (TAM) on viability and apoptosis of human breast cancer cell lines. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this experimental study, estrogen positive MCF-7 and estrogen negative MDA-MB-231 human breast cancer cell lines were induced by TAM (2 µM) or different doses of TQ (50, 75, 100, 150 µM), individually or in combination...
July 2016: Cell Journal
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