Publications by authors named "Sultan S Al Thagfan"

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Novel Mechanism for Memantine in Attenuating Diabetic Neuropathic Pain in Mice via Downregulating the Spinal HMGB1/TRL4/NF-kB Inflammatory Axis.

Pharmaceuticals (Basel) 2021 Apr 1;14(4). Epub 2021 Apr 1.

Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Sinai University, El-Arish, North Sinai 45511, Egypt.

Diabetic neuropathic pain (DNP) is a common diabetic complication that currently lacks an efficient therapy. The aim of the current work was to uncover the anti-allodynic and neuroprotective effects of memantine in a model of mouse diabetic neuropathy and its ameliorative effect on the high-mobility group box-1 (HMGB1)/toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4)/nuclear factor-k B (NF-kB) inflammatory axis. Diabetes was prompted by an alloxan injection (180 mg/kg) to albino mice. On the ninth week after diabetes induction, DNP was confirmed. Diabetic mice were randomly allocated to two groups (six mice each); a diabetes mellitus (DM) group and DM+memantine group (10 mg/kg, daily) for five weeks. DNP-related behaviors were assessed in terms of thermal hyperalgesia and mechanical allodynia by hot-plate and von Frey filaments. Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) kits were used to measure the spinal glutamate, interleukin-1 beta (IL-1β), and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α). The spinal levels of N-methyl-D-aspartate type 1 receptor (NMDAR1), HMGB1, TLR4, and phosphorylated NF-kB were assessed using Western blotting. Histopathological investigation of the spinal cord and sciatic nerves, together with the spinal cord ultrastructure, was employed for assessment of the neuroprotective effect. Memantine alleviated pain indicators in diabetic mice and suppressed excessive NMDAR1 activation, glutamate, and pro-inflammatory cytokine release in the spinal cord. The current study validated the ability of memantine to combat the HMGB1/TLR4/NF-kB axis and modulate overactive glutamate spinal transmission, corroborating memantine as an appealing therapeutic target in DNP.
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April 2021

Enhancement of atorvastatin oral bioavailability via encapsulation in polymeric nanoparticles.

Int J Pharm 2021 Jan 24;592:120077. Epub 2020 Nov 24.

Department of Pharmaceutics, Faculty of Pharmacy, King Khalid University, Abha, Saudi Arabia.

Despite the fact that atrovastatin (At) is being one of the bestselling statins used to prevent complicated cardiovascular diseases, its low oral bioavailability decreases its clinical relevance. Herein, incorporation of At into ethylcellulose nanoparticles (At-NPs) was executed to test if it would enhance its oral bioavailability. The emulsification-evaporation method was used to prepare the At-NPs. The prepared nanoparticles were characterized by measuring the particle size, zeta potential as well as using FTIR, DSC, and XRD examination. The entrapment efficiency, drug content, and the in vitro release behavior of At-NPs were also examined. The in vivo oral bioavailability of the selected At-NPs formula was tested after being given orally to New Zealand rabbits. The nanoparticles obtained had a high drug content and a distinct spherical shape but with varying sizes. No physical or chemical interactions were detected between At and the nanoparticles as confirmed by FTIR, DSC, and XRD. The in vitro release study of At from the prepared At-NPs has shown nanoparticles size-dependent release behavior. The in vivo oral absorption testing confirmed the bioavailability of the prepared At-NPs to be as follows: (C = 940 ng/ml and AUC = 8759 ng.h/ml) > Lipitor® (C = 635 ng/ml and AUC = 4367 ng.h/ml) > At (C = 515 ng/ml and AUC = 2517 ng.h/ml). These results revealed that the oral formula of At-NPs increases the bioavailability of At 3.87 times. This makes ethylcellulose nanoparticles an esteemed candidate nano-vehicle for At, increasing its bioavailability and thus improving its clinical relevance.
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January 2021