Publications by authors named "Nayra S Mehanna"

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Bifidobacterium longum Suppresses Murine Colorectal Cancer through the Modulation of oncomiRs and Tumor Suppressor miRNAs.

Nutr Cancer 2019 12;71(4):688-700. Epub 2019 Mar 12.

h h Botany Department, Faculty of Science , Menofiya University , Egypt.

The modulatory role of the Bifidobacterium longum (BL), isolated from women breast milk, on some oncogenic and tumor suppressor miRNAs as well as IL-1β and IL6 targeted-miRNAs was investigated using murine colorectal cancer (CRC) induced on the top of inflammatory ulcerative colitis model. The investigation of the oncomiRs miR-21a and miR-155, which regulate IL-6 and IL-1β expression, indicated that both was depressed by BL-administration in healthy and in CRC-mice. BL-administration induced the tumor suppressor miRNAs (miR-145 and miR-15a) expression in both of the healthy and in CRC-mice. The miR-146a expression, which regulates both of IL-1β and IL-6 expression, was decreased after the BL-administration in both of the healthy and in CRC-mice. In CRC-mice, NF-Kb concentration was elevated, however this NF-Kb induction was diminished after the treatment with BL. BL highly enhanced the IL-1β and IL-6 mRNA and protein concentrations in healthy mice. The administration of BL to CRC-mice resulted in a dramatic increase in IL-1β mRNA and IL-1β concentration, which in contrast was accompanied with a decrease in the IL-6 mRNA and IL-6 concentration. BL-administration resulted in a drop in the aberrant crypt foci number in CRC-mice and increased necrosis and fibrosis of the colon cells. The modulatory influence of B. longum on microRNAs may provide an important therapeutic impact in CRC through inhibition of the proliferation, invasion, apoptosis, and cell cycle of tumor cells.
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May 2020

A synbiotic multiparticulate microcapsule for enhancing inulin intestinal release and Bifidobacterium gastro-intestinal survivability.

Carbohydr Polym 2018 Aug 20;193:137-143. Epub 2018 Mar 20.

Dairy Science Department, National Research Centre, Dokki, Cairo, Egypt. Electronic address:

A novel synbiotic multiparticulate microparticle was produced in the current study to expand the synbiotic industrial applications. Initially, the inulin was fabricated into PLGA nanoparticles. After the inulin entrapment efficiency was boosted to reach 92.9 ± 8.4% by adjusting the formulation parameters, the developed particles were characterized by different techniques such as particle size analyzer, TEM, and TLC. The obtained data showed that the particle size was 115.8 ± 82.7 nm, the particles had smooth surface and round shape, and the fabrication procedure did not affect the integrity of the inulin. Later, the inulin loaded nanoparticles together with selected Bifidobacterium species were double coated with gum arabic and alginate. The maximum survivability of the encapsulated Bifidobacterium in the simulated gastric solution reached 88.29% of the initial population, which was significantly higher than the survivability of the free bacteria. Finally, the inulin release from the multiparticulate microparticles was studied and found to be sustained over three days.
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August 2018

The role of probiotics in children with autism spectrum disorder: A prospective, open-label study.

Nutr Neurosci 2018 Nov 7;21(9):676-681. Epub 2017 Jul 7.

d Department of Pediatrics, Faculty of Medicine , Assiut University , Assiut , Egypt.

Objective: There are limited data on the efficacy of probiotics in children with ASD, therefore, this study aims to evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of probiotics in an Egyptian cohort of children with ASD.

Methods: Gastrointestinal (GI) flora were assessed by quantitative real-time PCR of stool samples of 30 autistic children from 5 to 9 years old. GI symptoms of autistic children were assessed with a modified six-item Gastrointestinal Severity Index (6-GSI) questionnaire, and autistic symptoms were assessed with Autism Treatment Evaluation Checklist (ATEC) before and after 3 months of supplementation of probiotics nutritional supplement formula (each gram contains 100 × 10 colony forming units of three probiotic strains; Lactobacillus acidophilus, Lactobacillus rhamnosus and Bifidobacteria longum).

Results: After probiotic supplementation, the stool PCR of autistic children showed increases in the colony counts of Bifidobacteria and Lactobacilli levels, with a significant reduction in their body weight as well as significant improvements in the severity of autism (assessed by the ATEC), and gastrointestinal symptoms (assessed by the 6-GSI) compared to the baseline evaluated at the start of the study.

Conclusions: We concluded that probiotics have beneficial effects on both behavioral and GI manifestations of ASD. Probiotics (a non-pharmacological and relatively risk-free option) could be recommended for children with ASD as an adjuvant therapy. At this stage, this study is a single center with a small number of patients and a great deal of additional wide-scale randomized controlled trials are needed to critically confirm the efficacy of probiotics in ASD.

Trial Registration Number: UMIN-CTR Study Design: Trial Number UMIN000026157.
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November 2018