Saifuddin Sheikh

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Cationic liposomes have been successfully used as an alternative approach to viral systems to deliver nucleic acids. However, high toxicity and inconsistent transfection efficiency have been associated with the currently available liposomes. Therefore, a novel cationic liposome was developed based on a synthetic cationic cardiolipin analogue (CCLA) to test(More)
Endoxifen is the key active metabolite of Tamoxifen, a widely used breast cancer drug. Orally administered Tamoxifen, is extensively metabolized by cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes, namely CYP3A4 and CYP2D6, into active metabolites, especially Endoxifen. Due to genetic polymorphism of CYP2D6, significant numbers of women metabolize Tamoxifen to varying degree(More)
Our objectives were to study the biological activity of a novel gemcitabine-cardiolipin conjugate (NEO6002) and compare that with gemcitabine. Cytotoxicity in vitro was determined against several gemcitabine-sensitive parental and gemcitabine-resistant cancer cell lines using the sulforhodamine B assay. The in vivo toxicity was examined by changes in body(More)
Objectives: A novel topical formulation of lipid based amphotericin B (0.1% amphotericin B Gel) was developed to assess the safety, tolerability and efficacy in adult patients with cutaneous and/or mucocutaneous fungal infection. Methods: Amphotericin B gel was formulated using lipids. In vitro release assay of amphotericin B was measured using paddle(More)
BACKGROUND SN-38, 7-ethyl-10-hydroxycamptothecin, is a biologically active metabolite of irinotecan. Its poor solubility restricted its development as an anticancer agent. We have developed an easy-to-use liposome-entrapped SN-38 (LE-SN38) and evaluated its toxicology, pharmacokinetics and antitumor efficacy profile. MATERIALS AND METHODS Toxicity and(More)
SN-38 is an active metabolite of CPT-11. The poor solubility of SN-38 in any pharmaceutically acceptable solvent and pH-dependent activity has limited its clinical use. Our objective was to evaluate an easy-to-use liposome-based formulation of SN-38 (LE-SN38) and compare the antitumor activity with its pro-drug CPT-11 against cancer cell lines and human(More)
A novel gemcitabine-lipid conjugate 5 was synthesized and tested for its in vivo efficacy and toxicity. Compound 5 was tested in BxPC-3 human pancreatic tumor model in SCID mice and exhibited promising activity and lower toxicity when compared with Gemzar.
OBJECTIVE Develop Nanosomal formulation of Tacrolimus to provide safer alternative treatment for organ transplantation patients. Investigate safety, tolerability and pharmacokinetics of Nanosomal Tacrolimus formulation versus marketed Tacrolimus containing polyoxyl 60 hydrogenated castor oil (HCO-60) that causes side effects. METHODS Nanosomal Tacrolimus(More)
Protein kinase C (PKC) plays a major role in regulation of both pre and postsynaptic neurotransmission. Excessive activation of PKC results in symptoms related to bipolar disorder. Tamoxifen, a widely used breast cancer drug is known to inhibit PKC and demonstrate antimanic properties in human. We describe herein the synthesis of endoxifen, a tamoxifen(More)
An approach was developed to synthesize a new class of cationic cardiolipin analogues containing two quaternary ammonium groups with tetra alkyl groups retaining "glycerol" moiety, the central core of the molecule. Cationic cardiolipin analogues were modified via introduction of either two or four oxyethylene groups to enhance the solubility in polar(More)