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The objective of this research was the preparation of new 8-nitrofluoroquinolone models and investigation of their antibacterial properties. The work initially involved large scale preparation of the synthon 7-chloro-1-cyclopropyl-6-fluoro-8-nitro-4-oxo-1,4-dihydroquinoline-3-carboxylic acid (3), followed by introduction of substituted primary amine(More)
Medicinal plants and culinary herbs have gained importance in the last decade as cytotoxic and antitumor agents. We hypothesized that some of the commonly used spices with reported antimicrobial activity might have antiproliferative activity. In the present study, selected spices used in Jordan were chemically analyzed and investigated for their(More)
The inhalation route is of increasing interest for both local and systemic drug delivery, including macromolecular biopharmaceuticals, such as peptides, proteins, and gene therapeutics. In addition to appropriate aerosolization for deposition in relevant areas of the respiratory tract, therapeutic molecules may require an advanced carrier system for safe(More)
BACKGROUND Macrophages play an important role in ischemia-reperfusion injury of various organs. Liposome-encapsulated dichloromethylene diphosphonate (clodronate-liposome) depletes local macrophages in vivo. However, the effect of this approach on alveolar macrophages in pulmonary ischemia-reperfusion injury has not yet been evaluated. METHODS(More)
In this study the interaction of lectin-functionalized liposomes with two different alveolar epithelial cell culture models was evaluated. Plant lectins were coupled to liposomes exploiting the avidin/biotin technology. In contrast to lectin-free liposomes, lectin functionalized liposomes specifically bound to A549 cells, a tumor-derived cell line. Using(More)
Diabetes mellitus is the most common metabolic disorder affecting millions worldwide. It is recognized as a global major health problem. As alternatives to the available orthodox medicines, plants are considered a potential source for the treatment of diabetes within traditional ethnomedicine practices. In the Jordanian traditional medicine a significant(More)
Thymoquinone (2-isopropyl-5-methyl-1,4-benzoquinone) is a herbal-derived drug with potential chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic activity. However, thymoquinone suffers from high hydrophobicity causing poor solubility which limits its bioavailability and high lipophilicity causing poor formulation characteristics. Liposomes are versatile drug carriers that(More)
The generation of respirable aerosols of a functionalized colloidal carrier has been investigated in this study. Lectin-functionalized liposomes, which proved to show improved cell association (using A549 cell line and primary human alveolar cells) even in the presence of a commercial lung surfactant preparation, have been developed. The stability of(More)
Eminium spiculatum (Blume) Kuntze (Araceae) is an indigenous plant in Jordan used as an anticancer agent. The objective of this study was to determine the chemical composition of E. spiculatum and its antimicrobial, antiplatelet and antiproliferative activities. After isolation, antimicrobial activity was tested using well-in-agar method and in vitro(More)