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Suzan Mansour

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Name : Suzan Mansour
Title: Associate professor
Personal Info: Dr. Suzan Mansour, Lecturer in Pharmacology and Toxicology and Biochemistry department. She has got her Masters & PhD degrees from Cairo University.


Certificate Major University Year
PhD 2012
Masters Pharmaceutical Sciences 2009
Bachelor Pharmaceutical Sciences 2003

Researches /Publications

Safety of inhaled ivermectin as a repurposed direct drug for treatment of COVID-19: A preclinical tolerance study - 01/0

Suzan Mohamed Mohamed Mansour

 Rehab N Shamma 2, Kawkab A Ahmed 3, Nirmeen A Sabry 4, Gamal Esmat 5, Azza A Mahmoud 6, Amr Maged 7


Introduction: SARS-CoV-2 replication in cell cultures has been shown to be inhibited by ivermectin. However, ivermectin's low aqueous solubility and bioavailabilityhinders its application in COVID-19 treatment. Also, it has been suggested that best outcomes for this medication can be achieved via direct administration to the lung. Objectives: This study aimed at evaluating the safety of a novel ivermectin inhalable formulation in rats as a pre-clinical step. Methods: Hydroxy propyl-β-cyclodextrin(HP-β-CD) was used to formulate readily soluble ivermectin lyophilized powder. Adult male rats were used to test lung toxicity for ivermectin-HP-β-CD formulations in doses of 0.05, 0.1, 0.2, 0.4 and 0.8 mg/kg for 3 successive days. Results: The X-ray diffraction for lyophilized ivermectin-HP-β-CD revealed its amorphous structure that increased drug aqueous solubility 127-fold and was rapidly dissolved within 5 s in saline.Pulmonary administration of ivermectin-HP-β-CD in dosesof 0.2, 0.4 and 0.8 mg/kgshowed dose-dependent increase in levels of TNF-α, IL-6, IL-13 and ICAM-1 as well as gene expression of MCP-1, protein expression of PIII-NP and serum levels of SP-D paralleled by reduction in IL-10. Moreover, lungs treated with ivermectin (0.2 mg/kg) revealed mild histopathological alterations, while severe pulmonary damage was seen in rats treated with ivermectin at doses of 0.4 and 0.8 mg/kg. However, ivermectin-HP-β-CD formulation administered in doses of 0.05 and 0.1 mg/kg revealed safety profiles. Conclusion: The safety of inhaledivermectin-HP-β-CD formulation is dose-dependent. Nevertheless, use of low doses(0.05 and 0.1 mg/kg) could be considered as a possible therapeutic regimen in COVID-19 cases.

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Protective effect of sitagliptin and whole body gamma irradiation in diabetes-induced cardiac injury - 01/0

Suzan Mohamed Mohamed Mansour

Sara Aly 3, Seham H M Hassan 3, Hala F Zaki 


Diabetes mellitus is associated with an increased risk of cardiac complications; this study aimed to investigate effect of sitagliptin (SITA) alone or combined with γ-irradiation on diabetes-associated cardiac injury. Rats were treated with SITA (100 mg/kg per day; p.o.) for 2 weeks followed by a single dose of whole-body γ-irradiation (3 Gy). Solitary administration of SITA or combined treatment with γ-irradiation succeeded to ameliorate the increase in serum levels of glucose, total cholesterol, triglycerides, creatine kinase-MB, and malondialdehyde, coupled by increased insulin and reduced glutathione levels. Their cardioprotective potential was confirmed through attenuating the apoptotic signaling by mitigating Bcl-2-associated X protein, caspase-3, and apoptosis-inducing factor expression, while augmenting the anti-apoptotic factors, B cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2), and heat shock protein 70 (HSP-70) in left ventricular tissue homogenates. These findings were supported histopathologically. In conclusion, treatment with SITA alone or combined with γ-irradiation may prove beneficial in diabetes-accompanied cardiac insult. This could be due to the crosstalk between the antioxidant, anti-apoptotic, and restoration of body's defense capacities.

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Formulation and optimization of sildenafil citrate-loaded PLGA large porous microparticles using spray freeze-drying technique: A factorial design and in-vivo pharmacokinetic study - 01/0

Suzan Mohamed Mohamed Mansour

Hend Shahin 1, Bhavani Prasad Vinjamuri 2, Azza A Mahmoud 3, Mahavir Bhupal Chougule 2, Lipika Chablani 5


The oral administration of sildenafil citrate (SC) for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension is associated with several drawbacks. The study aimed to design and formulate SC-loaded inhalable poly (lactic-co-glycolic acid) [PLGA] large porous microparticles (LPMs) for pulmonary delivery. A factorial design was used to study the effect of the composition of LPMs on physicochemical properties. The study also evaluated the effect of glucose and L-leucine concentration on the formulation. The developed LPMs demonstrated an acceptable yield% (≤48%), large geometric particle size (>5µm) with a spherical and porous surface, and sustained drug release (up to 48 h). Increasing the concentration of poly(ethyleneimine) from 0.5% to 1% in SC-loaded LPMs led to an increase in entrapment efficiency from ~3.02% to ~94.48%. The optimum LPMs showed adequate aerodynamic properties with a 97.68 ± 1.07% recovery, 25.33 ± 3.32% fine particle fraction, and low cytotoxicity. Intratracheal administration of LPMs demonstrated significantly higher lung deposition, systemic bioavailability, and longer retention time (p < 0.05) compared to orally administered Viagra® tablets. The study concluded that SC-loaded LPMs could provide better therapeutic efficacy, reduced dosing frequency, and enhanced patient compliance.

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Sodium hydrogen sulfide upregulates cystathionine 𝛽-synthase and protects striatum against 3-Nitropropionic acid-induced neurotoxicity in rats - 01/0

Suzan Mohamed Mohamed Mansour

Reham A Mohammed


Objectives: Hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is a neuromodulator that plays a protective role in multiple neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's (AD) and Parkinson's (PD). However, the precise mechanisms underlying its effects against Huntington's disease (HD) are still questioned.This study aimed to examine the neuroprotective effects of sodium hydrogen sulfide (NaHS; H2S donor) against 3-nitropropionic acid (3NP)-induced HD like pathology in rats. Methods: Male Wistar rats were randomly allocated into four groups; (1) normal control receiving saline; (2) NaHS control receiving (0.5 mg/kg/day, i.p.) for 14 days; (3,4) receiving 3NP (10 mg/kg/day, i.p.) for 14 days, with NaHS 30 min later in group 4. Key findings: NaHS improved cognitive and locomotor deficits induced by 3NP as confirmed by the striatal histopathological findings. These former events were biochemically supported by the increment in cystathionine β-synthase (CBS) gene expression, reduction of glutamate (Glu), dopamine (DA), malondialdehyde (MDA), tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), cytochrome-c, cleaved caspase-3 and pc-FOS indicating antioxidant, anti-inflammatory as well as anti-apoptotic effects. Furthermore, NaHS pretreatment improved cholinergic dysfunction and increased brain-derived neurotropic factor (BDNF) and nuclear factor erythroid-2-related factor 2 (Nrf2). Conclusions: These findings suggest that appropriate protection with H2S donors might represent a novel approach to slow down HD-like symptoms. Keywords: 3-nitropropionic acid; Huntington’s disease; brain-derived neurotrophic factor; cystathionine-β-synthase; dopamine; sodium hydrogen sulfide.

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MiR-200a inversely correlates with Hedgehog and TGF-β canonical/non-canonical trajectories to orchestrate the anti-fibrotic effect of Tadalafil in a bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis model - 01/0

Suzan Mohamed Mohamed Mansour

Hanan S. El‑Abhar· Ayman A. Soubh


Few reports have documented the ability of phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE-5-Is) to ameliorate idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) mainly by their anti-inflammatory/antioxidant capacities, without unveiling the possible molecular mechanisms involved. Because of the recent role of miR-200 family and Sonic Hedgehog (SHH) trajectory in IPF, we have studied their impact on the anti-fibrotic potential of tadalafil against bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis. Animals were allocated into normal-control, bleomycin-fibrotic control, and bleomycin post-treated with tadalafil or dexamethasone, as the reference drug. On the molecular level, tadalafil has reverted the bleomycin effect on all the assessed parameters. Tadalafil upregulated the gene expression of miR-200a, but decreased the smoothened (SMO) and the transcription factors glioma-associated oncogene homolog (Gli-1, Gli-2), members of SHH pathway. Additionally, tadalafil ebbed transforming growth factor (TGF)-β, its canonical (SMAD-3/alpha smooth muscle actin [α-SMA] and Snail), and non-canonical (p-Akt/p-Forkhead box O3 (FOXO3) a) pathways. Besides, a strong negative correlation between miR-200a and the analyzed pathways was proved. The effect of tadalafil was further confirmed by the improved lung structure and the reduced Ashcroft score/collagen deposition. The results were comparable to that of dexamethasone. In conclusion, our study has highlighted the involvement of miR-200a in the anti-fibrotic effect of tadalafil with the inhibition of SHH hub and the pro-fibrotic pathways (TGF-β/ SMAD-3/α-SMA, Snail and p-AKT/p-FOXO3a). Potential anti-fibrotic effect of tadalafil. 

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The Effect of Liver and Kidney Disease on the Pharmacokinetics of Clozapine and Sildenafil: A Physiologically Based Pharmacokinetic Modeling - 01/0

Suzan Mohamed Mohamed Mansour

Amira M Ghoneim


Background and Objectives: Physiologically based pharmacokinetic (PBPK) modeling permits clinical scientists to reduce practical constraints for clinical trials on patients with special diseases. In this study, simulations were carried out to validate the pharmacokinetic parameters of clozapine and sildenafil using Simcyp® simulator in young male adults and compare the effect of renal or hepatic impairment on the pharmacokinetic parameters of clozapine and sildenafil. Also, the effect of age on pharmacokinetic parameters of both drugs was investigated in healthy population and in patients with renal and hepatic impairment. Methods: A full PBPK model was built in the simulator for clozapine and sildenafil based on physicochemical properties and observed clinical results. The model used was Advanced, Dissolution, Absorption and Metabolism (ADAM) for both drugs.Results: The PBPK model adequately predicted the pharmacokinetic parameters of clozapine and sildenafil for the healthy adult population. In the simulation results, the bioavailability of both drugs was remarkably raised in both renal and hepatic impairment in young and elderly populations. Conclusion: PBPK modeling could be helpful in the investigation and comparison of the pharmacokinetics in populations with specific disease conditions. Keywords: physiologically based pharmacokinetic, clozapine, sildenafil, liver, kidney, impairment

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Phytochemical profile and protective effect of Ocimum basilicum aqueous extract in doxorubicin/irradiation‐induced testicular injury. - 01/0

Suzan Mohamed Mohamed Mansour

Ibrahim RY


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Phytochemical profile and protective effect of Ocimum basilicum aqueous extract in doxorubicin/irradiation‐induced testicular injury - 01/1

Suzan Mohamed Mohamed Mansour

Rasha Y. M. Ibrahim


Objectives Combined chemotherapy and radiotherapy usually associated with various comorbidities especially on rapidly proliferating cells as testis. This study aimed to characterize main constituents of Ocimum basilicum L. (OB) aqueous extract and examine its protective effect on doxorubicin/irradiation (DOXO/IR)‐induced testicular injury in rats. Methods Spectrophotometric analysis showed considerable amount of polyphenolic (146.31 µg/mg) and flavonoid contents (28.63 µg/mg); UPLC‐ESI‐MS/MS analysis revealed that the major flavonoid was apigenin‐O‐glucoside (7.53%) followed by luteolin (5.94%), while rosmarinic acid was the major polyphenolic (15.76%) followed by caftaric acid (9.39%); rutin and querctin were also present and were quantified using high‐performance liquid chromatography. Administration of OB extract (200 mg/kg per day; p.o.) to DOXO/IR rats resulted in marked improvement of associated testicular damage. Key findings Ocimum basilicum L. significantly decreased testicular levels of nuclear factor‐kappa B and B‐cell lymphoma‐2 (Bcl2)‐associated protein X, along with caspase‐3 immunohistochemical staining. In addition, OB elevated testicular total antioxidant capacity, nuclear erythroid‐related factor‐2, Bcl2 and testosterone contents and Ki‐67 immunohistochemical staining. Such changes were also accompanied by restoration of testicular architecture. Conclusions The study highlights the protective role of OB aqueous extract in hampering most of the harmful chemotherapy/radiotherapy‐induced outcomes via its antioxidant, antiapoptotic and cell regeneration abilities. Such findings may offer an incentive in expanding its use during chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

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Venlafiaxine alleviates complete Freund’s adjuvant-induced arthritis in rats:Modulation of STAT-3/IL-17/RANKL axis - 01/0

Suzan Mohamed Mohamed Mansour

Kamel M. Kamel, Amany M. Gad, Marwa M. Safar, Hala M. Fawzy


Aims Rheumatoid arthritis is usually accompanied by various comorbidities especially on the psychological side such as depression. This study aimed at revealing the potential curative effects of venlafaxine (VFX), a serotonin/norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI), on experimentally-induced arthritis in rats. Methods Arthritis was induced by injecting complete Freund's adjuvant (CFA, 0.1 ml, s.c.). One day thereafter, VFX (50 mg/kg, p.o.) was given for 21 days. Methotrexate was used as a standard disease modifying anti-rheumatic drug. Key findings CFA injection caused prominent arthritis evident by the increase in the hind paw and ankle diameter accompanied by elevating tumor necrosis factor-alpha, interleukin-6, interleukin-17 and matrix metalloproteinase-3 levels, effects that were diminished by VFX. Moreover, VFX down regulated gene expressions of receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-кB) ligand and signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 beside hampering immunohistochemical expression of vascular endothelial growth factor and NF-кB. This SNRI also improved the oxidant status of the hind limb as compared to the arthritic group. Nonetheless, MTX was better in amendment of arthritis authenticated by its effect on some inflammatory and oxidative stress biomarkers. Significance This study provides a novel therapeutic use of VFX as a considerable anti-arthritic drug and offers an incentive to expand its use in RA.

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Design and evaluation of novel inhalable sildenafil citrate spray-dried microparticles for pulmonary arterial hypertension - 01/0

Suzan Mohamed Mohamed Mansour

Bhavani Prasad Vinjamuri, Rehab N. Shamma, Mahmoud M. Ghorab, Mahavir Bhupal Chougule,Lipika Chablani


Pulmonary delivery of vasodilators is a promising alternative for the intravenous and oral treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). The aim of this study was to design and evaluate hydrogel microparticles as a carrier for sustained pulmonary delivery of sildenafil citrate. Spray dried hydrogel microparticles containing biodegradable sodium carboxymethyl cellulose, sodium alginate, and sodium hyaluronate polymers at variable concentrations were prepared. A design of experiment using the “Extreme Vertices Mixture” design was executed. The design was used to study the influence of polymer concentration and their interactions on the physicochemical properties of the formulations in terms of particle size, particle size distribution, product yield, entrapment efficiency, and in-vitro drug release. Selected formulations were also evaluated for swelling, biodegradation, moisture content, in-vitro aerodynamic performance, and cytotoxicity. In addition, a lung deposition and pharmacokinetic study was conducted in rats to study drug accumulation in lungs and blood after intratracheal administration of the spray dried inhalable hydrogel microparticles in comparison to orally administered Viagra®. The results demonstrated that formulated microparticles had a mean geometric particle size between 2 and 5 μm, entrapment efficiency of >80%, and yield ranging between 47 and 66% w/w. The in-vitro drug release profiles showed a sustained drug release of sildenafil citrate for over 24 h. The statistical design showed a significant influence of the microparticulate composition on the physicochemical properties. Furthermore, selected formulations were evaluated for their aerodynamic properties. The aerodynamic properties included fine particle fraction ranging between 24 and 30%, dose recovery percent of 68–8 5%, and average mass median aerodynamic diameter of 4.6–4.8 μm. The in-vivo pharmacokinetic study showed that inhaled spray dried hydrogel microparticles (M6) formulation had significantly higher lung/blood Cmax, AUC, extended half-life, and mean residence time in comparison to orally administered sildenafil citrate of the same dose. In conclusion, the formulated drug-loaded spray dried hydrogel microparticles showed promising in-vitro and in-vivo results for the pulmonary delivery of sildenafil citrate. The spray dried hydrogel microparticles formulation can be considered as a potential alternative of oral sildenafil citrate for treatment of PAH.

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Novel Anti-arthritic Mechanisms of Polydatin in Complete Freund’s Adjuvant-Induced Arthritis in Rats: Involvement of IL-6, STAT-3, IL-17, and NF-кB - 01/1

Suzan Mohamed Mohamed Mansour

Kamel M. Kamel. Amany M. Gad, Marwa M. Safar, Hala M. Fawzy


Articular manifestations are the main hall mark for rheumatoid arthritis; inflammation and oxidative stress are involved in its pathogenesis. This study was designed to figure out the possible therapeutic potential of polydatin on experimentally induced arthritis in rats. Polydatin (POLY) was administered (200 mg/kg, p.o.) for 21 days to complete Freund’s adjuvant (CFA; 0.1 ml, s.c.)-induced arthritic rats. Meanwhile, methotrexate (MTX; 0.75 mg/kg, i.p.) was given as a reference standard disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug (DMARD). Both POLY and MTX significantly attenuated articular damage associated with CFA-induced arthritis. This was manifested by reducing levels of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α), interleukin-6 (IL-6), interleukin-17 (IL-17), and matrix metalloproteinase-3 (MMP-3), paralleled with marked decrease in hind paw and ankle diameters. Moreover, POLY and MTX downregulated gene expressions of receptor activator of nuclear factor kappa-B ligand (RANKL) as well as signal transducer and activator of transcription-3 (STAT3) besides hampering immunohistochemical staining of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and nuclear factor kappa-B (NF-κB). Furthermore, substantial decline in myeloperoxidase (MPO) activity and malondialdehyde (MDA) level associated with significant rise in reduced glutathione content (GSH) was observed. These findings provide an innovative therapeutic approach of POLY as a natural anti-arthritic drug through modulating IL-6/STAT-3/IL-17/NF-кB cascade.

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