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Shaalan, M., M. El-Mahdy, S. Theiner, N. Dinhopl, M. El-Matbouli, and M. Saleh, "Silver nanoparticles: Their role as antibacterial agent against Aeromonas salmonicida subsp. salmonicida in rainbow trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss).", Research in veterinary science, vol. 119, pp. 196-204, 2018 Aug. Abstractas5308044513116161503565051679_content_1.pdf

The rise of bacterial resistance to antibiotics is one of the great challenges of our age. One of the strategies to limit the development of antibiotics resistance is the investigation of alternative antimicrobials. As silver nanoparticles demonstrated a potent bactericidal activity in vitro, the aim of this study was to evaluate the in vivo antibacterial activity of silver nanoparticles against Aeromonas salmonicida subsp. salmonicida. Rainbow trout (n = 120) were divided into four groups of 30 fish each. First group was challenged with A. salmonicida (Positive control), the second group was challenged with A. salmonicida and exposed to silver nanoparticles by immersion for three hours (100 μg/L), the third group was challenged with A. salmonicida and intraperitoneally injected with silver nanoparticles (17 μg/mL) and the fourth group was sham-treated and served as a negative control group. At the 7th day post challenge, histopathology of the positive control group revealed the presence of bacterial aggregates in tissues with degenerative and necrotic changes, while at the 35th day post challenge, only liver necrosis persisted. Silver nanoparticles-treated and negative control groups did not show any clinical signs, mortalities or histopathological alterations and they were tested negative for A. salmonicida. The immersion in silver nanoparticles did not result in detectable residues of silver in the muscles 35 days after treatment. These findings demonstrate the antibacterial properties of silver nanoparticles against A. salmonicida infection. Therefore, they could be used for development of antibacterial agents in aquaculture.

Tabaa, M. M. E., H. M. Aboalazm, M. Shaalan, and N. F. Khedr, "Silymarin constrains diacetyl-prompted oxidative stress and neuroinflammation in rats: involvements of Dyn/GDNF and MAPK signaling pathway.", Inflammopharmacology, 2022. Abstract

Neuroinflammation, a major component of many CNS disorders, has been suggested to be associated with diacetyl (DA) exposure. DA is commonly used as a food flavoring additive and condiment. Lately, silymarin (Sily) has shown protective and therapeutic effects on neuronal inflammation. The study aimed to explore the role of Sily in protecting and/or treating DA-induced neuroinflammation. Neuroinflammation was induced in rats by administering DA (25 mg/kg) orally. Results revealed that Sily (50 mg/kg) obviously maintained cognitive and behavioral functions, alleviated brain antioxidant status, and inhibited microglial activation. Sily enhanced IL-10, GDNF and Dyn levels, reduced IFN-γ, TNFα, and IL-1β levels, and down-regulated the MAPK pathway. Immunohistochemical investigation of EGFR and GFAP declared that Sily could conserve neurons from inflammatory damage. However, with continuing DA exposure during Sily treatment, oxidative stress and neuroinflammation were less mitigated. These findings point to a novel mechanism involving the Dyn/GDNF and MAPK pathway through which Sily might prevent and treat DA-induced neuroinflammation.