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Yousra Mohamed Sabry

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Name : Yousra Mohamed Sabry
Title: Associate professor
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Personal Info: Dr. Yousra Mohamed Sabry, Associate professor in Pharmacology and Toxicology and Biochemistry Department. She has got her PhD from Catholic University Leuven, Belgium.


Certificate Major University Year
PhD Pharmaceutical Sciences Catholic University Leuven 2007
Masters Pharmaceutical Sciences Catholic University Leuven 2003

Teaching Experience

Name of Organization Position From Date To Date
Catholic Univesity Leuven Postdoctoral fellow of the EUGene-Heart project 01/04/2008 30/09/2010
Catholic Univesity Leuven Postdoctoral fellow of the Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology of Flanders 01/10/2007 31/03/2008

Researches /Publications

In search for effective and safe drugs against SARS-CoV-2: Part III] The electronic factors of Remdesivir and the naturally extracted Aspirochlorine drugs - 01/0

Yousra Mohamed Sabry Ahmed Abdelmottaleb

Abdel-Mottaleb MS


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In search for effective and safe drugs against SARS-CoV-2: Part II] The role of selected salts and organometallics of copper, zinc, selenium, and iodine food supplements - 01/0

Yousra Mohamed Sabry Ahmed Abdelmottaleb

Abdel-Mottaleb MS


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Euryops pectinatus L. Flower Extract Inhibits P-glycoprotein and Reverses Multi-Drug Resistance in Cancer Cells: A Mechanistic Study. - 01/0

Yousra Mohamed Sabry Ahmed Abdelmottaleb

M Elkady W, M Ayoub I, ElShafie MF, Wink M.


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Carbamazepine alleviates retinal and optic nerve neural degeneration in diabetic mice via nerve growth factor-induced PI3K/Akt/mTOR activation. - 01/1

Yousra Mohamed Sabry Ahmed Abdelmottaleb

Elsherbiny NE, Elkazaz AY, Atef H, Lashine RM, Youssef AM, Ezzat W, El-Ghaiesh SH, Elshaer RE, El-Shafey ME, Zaitone SA.


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Inhibitory effect of valproate sodium on behavior in diabetic mice involves suppression of spinal histone deacetylase 1 and inflammatory mediators - 01/0

Yousra Mohamed Sabry Ahmed Abdelmottaleb

Nehal M. Elsherbiny, Eman Ahmed, Ghada Abdel Kader, Mohamed H. ElSayed, Amal M. Youssef, Sawsan A. Zaitone


Anti-epileptic medications are included in the international guidelines for managing neuropathic pain. Valproate sodium (VPS) was recently described as “the forgotten analgesic” and has been reported to relief pain in various models of neuropathic pain. Some studies reported anti-inflammatory and histone deacetylase 1 (HDA1) inhibitory properties for sodium valproate. The aim of the current study was to investigate the modulatory effect of VPS on pain behavior and inflammatory reactions in alloxan-induced diabetic neuropathy focusing on HDA1 inhibition and glia reactivity. 28 Male Swiss albino mice were allocated into four groups, (1) vehicle group, (2) alloxan-diabetic group, (3 & 4) alloxan+VPS (25 or 50 mg/kg) groups. VPS was given daily for 5 weeks by oral gavage. Pain behavior demonstrated increased allodynia (von-Frey filaments) and hyperalgesia (hot-plate test) in alloxan-diabetic mice that was reduced significantly by at least one of VPS doses. Sciatic nerves in diabetic mice showed increased histopathology score, increased silver staining for the nerves-indicating myelopathy- and a decrease in immunostaining for nerve growth factor. Spinal cord of diabetic mice showed greater histopathologic score, increased CD11b and glia fibrillary acidic protein (GFAP) immunostaining than vehicle treated mice. Molecular investigations highlighted greater content of spinal histone deacetylases, tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and interlukin-1β (IL1β) that were favorably modified by VPS. Overall, the current data confirmed that the pain killing and anti-inflammatory activity of VPS is at least partly mediated through inhibition of spinal HDA1 and glia reactivity. These findings support the view of inviting antiepileptics for treating neuropathies.

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Raspberry keto ne and Garcinia Cambogia rebalanced disrupted insulin resistance and leptin silencing in rats fed high fat fructose diet - 01/0

Yousra Mohamed Sabry Ahmed Abdelmottaleb

Dalaal M. Abdallah


Aim Obesity is a continually growing pandemic leading to many diseases that affect the overall quality of life. The widely marketed Garcinia cambogia (GC) and Raspberry ketone (RK) were used in this study. Despite their known dietetic effect, however, the metabolomic/signaling pathways involved in this effect are not fully elucidated. Hence, our study comprehends the possible trajectories of their combination against obesity and insulin resistance in addition to exploring their combination merit. Materials and methods Adult male Wistar rats were divided into 5 groups; viz., normal diet (ND), high fat fructose diet (HFFD), HFFD+GC (600mg/kg), HFFD+RK (55mg/kg) and HFFD+GC+RK. To assess our aim, we determined their effect on body weight, IPGTT, glucose homeostasis (glucose, insulin, HOMA IR), lipid profile parameters and SREBP-1c, oxidative stress markers, insulin and leptin signaling pathways (p-IRS-1/p-AKT/GLUT-4, and leptin/STAT-3), as well as liver and adipose tissue histopathology. Results GC/RK combinationcaused weight loss, corrected the disturbed glucose and insulin homeostasis, raised serum levels of HDL anddecreased all other lipid profile parameters. They also increased Nrf-2 expression, ad GSH, as well as p-IRS-1/p-Akt/GLUT-4 cue, while they decreased MDA, leptin/STAT-3 and SREBP-1c content compared to the HFFD group. Furthermore, the GC/RK combination abolished apoptosis, fatty changes and inflammation in hepatocytes and decreased sclerotic blood vessels and congestion in adipose tissue.

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Novel combination of thymoquinone and resveratrol enhances anticancer effect on hepatocellular carcinoma cell line - 01/0

Yousra Mohamed Sabry Ahmed Abdelmottaleb

Amani Ali Eissa Ahmed,


Hepatocellular carcinoma remains one of the most dominant malignancies worldwide. Neutraceuticals have become under focus in anticancer treatment. Resveratrol is one of the major components of Polygonum Cuspidatum and is known as chemo-preventive agent. Thymoquinone is one of the most potent constituents in Nigella Sativa and has many medicinal effects. The aim of the present study is to investigate the combined effect of thymoquinone and resveratrol on treatment of hepatocellular carcinoma cells (HepG2). We evaluated the effect of thymoquinone and resveratrol separately and in combination on HepG2. Cell viability, caspase-3 activity, glutathione and malondialdehyde content were determined. The IC50 values of thymoquinone and resveratrol were (46 μM and 64.5 μM) respectively, where each showed potent anti-tumor activity on HepG2. The cell viability was 47.2% and 49.9% respectively. Comparing to the control group, treatment with thymoquinone and resveratrol increased caspase-3 enzyme by 77% and 98.5% respectively, while content of glutathione decreased by 22.8% and 35.6% while malondialdehyde content decreased by 18% and 29.6% correspondingly. The combination (thymoquinone + resveratrol) affected the cell viability leading to further decrease by 9.9% and 12.6%. The content of caspase-3 increased by 89% and 67.5% while the glutathione content had further decrease by 25.6% and 12.8%. Malondialdehyde content decreased by 32.3% and 20.7% all are comparing to thymoquinone and resveratrol separate treatment. Thymoquinone and resveratrol combination showed significant cell inhibition and increase in caspase-3 indicating cell apoptosis. Both drugs raised reactive oxygen species leading to decrease of glutathione and minor effect on lipid peroxidation, all these results give a new promising combination with enhanced anticancer effect

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Thymoquinone alleviates the experimentally induced Alzheimer’s disease inflammation by modulation of TLRs signaling - 01/0

Yousra Mohamed Sabry Ahmed Abdelmottaleb

AA Eissa Ahmed, S Nofal,OA Badary


Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is characterized by a robust inflammatory response elicited by the accumulation and deposition of amyloid-β (Aβ) within the brain. Aβ induces detrimental inflammatory responses through toll-like receptors (TLRs) signaling pathway. Thymoquinone (TQ), the main active constituent of Nigella sativa oil, has been reported by several previous studies for its potent anti-inflammatory effect. The aim of this study is to elucidate the effect of TQ in improving learning and memory, using a rat model of AD induced by a combination of aluminum chloride (AlCl3) and d-galactose (d-Gal). TQ was administered orally at doses of 10, 20, and 40 mg/kg/day for 14 days after AD induction. Memory functions were assessed using the step through passive avoidance test. Amyloid plaques were shown to be present using hematoxylin and eosin staining. Tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) and Interleukin-1beta (IL-1β) levels in brain were assessed via ELISA and profiling TLR-2, TLR-4, myeloid differential factor 88, toll–interleukin-1 receptor domain-containing adapter-inducing interferon-β, interferon regulatory factor 3 (IRF-3), and nuclear factor-κB (NF-κB) expressions via real-time polymerase chain reaction. TQ improved AD rat cognitive decline, decreased Aβ formation and accumulation, significantly decreased TNF-α and IL-1β at all levels of doses and significantly downregulated the expression of TLRs pathway components as well as their downstream effectors NF-κB and IRF-3 mRNAs at all levels of doses (p < 0.05). We concluded that TQ reduced the inflammation induced by d-Gal/AlCl3 combination. It is therefore reasonable to assign the anti-inflammatory responses to the modulation of TLRs pathway

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Effect of cardamonin on hepatic ischemia reperfusion induced in rats: Role of nitric oxide. - 01/1

Yousra Mohamed Sabry Ahmed Abdelmottaleb

Hassan M.El-Fayoumib, Mona F.Mahmoud


Ischemia reperfusion (I/R) injury is a cellular damage in a hypoxic organ following the restoration of oxygen delivery. It may occur during organ transplantation, trauma and hepatectomies. Nitric oxide (NO) effects during hepatic I/R are complicated. The iNOS-derived NO has a deleterious effect, whereas eNOS-derived NO has a protective effect in liver I/R. Cardamonin (CDN) is an anti-inflammatory molecule and a novel iNOS inhibitor, and Nω-Nitro-L-arginine (L-NNA) is a NOS inhibitor. L-Arginine is a precursor of NOS. This study was designed to investigate the possible protective effects of CDN on hepatic I/R and the role of NO. Wistar rats were randomly divided into 5 groups (Sham, I/R, CDN, L-NNA and L-arginine). Liver ischemia was induced for 45 min then reperfusion was allowed for 1 h. L-Arginine and CDN ameliorated the deleterious effects of I/R through reducing the oxidative stress and hepatocyte degeneration. Both molecules decreased the elevated inflammatory cytokines and increased the antiapoptotic marker, Bcl2. Both agents increased NO and eNOS expression and decreased iNOS expression. In conclusion, increased NO/eNOS and suppression of iNOS expression have protective effects on I/R injury. While inhibition of eNOS and reduction of NO have deleterious effects on I/R injury. For the first time, we demonstrated that cardamonin improved functional and structural abnormalities of the liver following I/R by improving oxidative stress and inflammation and increasing the availability of NO produced by eNOS. Treatment with cardamonin could be a promising strategy in patients with hepatic I/R injury in different clinical situations.

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Quercetin and tin protoporphyrin attenuate hepatic ischemia reperfusion injury: role of HO-1. - 01/0

Yousra Mohamed Sabry Ahmed Abdelmottaleb

Hassan M. El-FayoumI, Mona F. Mahmoud


Ischemia reperfusion (IR) injury occurs in many clinical situations such as organ transplantation and hepatectomies resulting in oxidative stress and immune activation. Heme oxygenase-1(HO-1) is the rate-limiting step in the heme-degradation pathway and has a critical cytoprotective role. Induction of HO-1 improves liver I/R injury. Quercetin, a plant pigment (flavonoid), is an antioxidant and HO-1 inducer. Tin protoporphyrin (SnPP) is a HO-1 inhibitor. This study was designed to investigate the protective effect of quercetin in hepatic I/R injury and the role of HO-1. Wister rats were randomly divided into four groups (sham, I/R, quercetin, and SnPP). Liver ischemia was induced for 45 min then reperfusion was allowed for 1 h. Quercetin and surprisingly SnPP ameliorate the deleterious effect of I/R by reducing the oxidative stress and hepatocyte degeneration. Both agents decreased the elevated inflammatory cytokines and improved the inhibition of the antiapoptotic marker, Bcl2. They induced HO-1 content and expression. Quercetin has better cytoprotective effect than SnPP. These findings suggest that quercetin has a hepatoprotective effect against I/R injury via HO-1 induction and unexpectedly, SnPP showed the similar effect. Quercetin has more prominent protective effect than SnPP because of its superior ability to induce HO-1.

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The anorectic agent, lorcaserin, disturbs estrous cyclicity and produces endometrial hyperplasia without affecting ovarian population in female rats. - 01/0

Yousra Mohamed Sabry Ahmed Abdelmottaleb

Sawsan A.Zaitone


Aims The present study aims to investigate the effect of the new anorectic agent, lorcaserin, on estrous cyclicity, reproductive hormones and folliculogenesis in female mature rats. Materials and methods Rats were divided into four groups; Group i: control group. Group ii-iv: rats treated with lorcaserin (5, 10 or 30 mg/kg/day, p.o.), respectively. The treatment continued for 28 days. Key findings Lorcaserin (5 or 10 mg/kg) caused estrous cycle disturbance in 40% of treated rats while the high dose (30 mg/kg) produced disturbances in 100% of the treated rats. Lorcaserin (5–30 mg/kg) altered some of female hormones where it enhanced estradiol but reduced luteinizing hormone. Minimal edema with congested vessels was observed in the medulla of ovarian sections. Further, epithelial and uterine sections showed hyperplasia. Significance Taken together, the present results demonstrated that lorcaserin affected some reproductive hormones, disturbed estrous cyclicity and induced histopathological changes in the ovaries and uteri without affecting the ovarian populations. Therefore, lorcaserin should be used with caution in women of child bearing potential until adequate clinical safety data are available.

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Molecular Modeling Studies of Some Uracil and New Deoxyuridine Derivatives - 01/0

Yousra Mohamed Sabry Ahmed Abdelmottaleb

M. S. A. Abdel-Mottaleb2


Molecular modeling results reported in this paper are crucial in highlighting the quantitative relationship between the optimized structure and computed molecular properties related to four newly synthesized uracil derivatives with promising biological potential as anticancer bioactive agents. Moreover, 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) and its tautomers and thiouracils molecular properties are studied and correlated with their biological activities. The great medical importance of these and similar molecular systems requires research on their quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) in order to further improve our knowledge about how receptor binding, selectivity, and pharmacological effects are achieved. Modeling is performed in the ground and the first singlet excited states using density functional theory (DFT) and its time-dependent extension (TD-DFT), respectively.

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Cardiac disorders and mode of action of the Egyptian scorpion venom Androctonus bicolor on isolated toad’s heart - 01/1

Yousra Mohamed Sabry Ahmed Abdelmottaleb

Mohamed A. Abdel-Rahmana, , , Aya S. Ayeda, Yousra Abdel-Mottaleb, Mohamed Alaa A. Omrana, Zohour I. Nabila


Scorpion venom is a complex mixture of components with various pharmacological and toxicological effects. It is characterized by the presence of a large number of toxins that specifically interact with ion channels of excitable cells. The Egyptian scorpion Androctonus bicolor belongs to the family of Buthidae and until now no information is available about the effect of its venom on cardiac muscles. Using an in vitro approach, cardiotoxicity and mode of action of A. bicolor venom on isolated toad’s heart were investigated. Direct application of scorpion venom (0.5 μg/ml) into isolated toad’s heart induced a remarkable bradycardia concomitant with a protraction in the conduction time (P–R interval). In the meantime, a significant increase in the R-wave amplitude (ventricular contraction) was noticed after 5 min of venom perfusion. Various cases of cardiac disorders were recorded such as sinus arrhythmias, ectopic beats and different degrees of heart block. Through using different autonomic and ion channel blockers, the possible mechanism of action of A. bicolor venom on isolated toad’s heart was revealed. The application of both atropine (4 μg/ml) and verapamil (5 μg/ml) could not alleviate the pronounced negative chronotropic and positive inotropic effects. Meanwhile, a significant decrease in the R-wave amplitude was observed after propranolol (5 μg/ml) application. In conclusion, our findings indicate that the venom of A. bicolor directly influenced the cardiac electrical activity of toads through β-adrenergic receptors. The direct effect of this venom on cardiac tissues may significantly contribute in the development of several cardiotoxic effects following scorpion sting.

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