Optimization and Characterization of Thymoquinone-Loaded Liposomes with Enhanced Topical Anti-inflammatory Activity.
AAPS PharmSciTech. 2018 Sep 14. Epub 2018 Sep 14. PMID: 30218265
Thymoquinone, the major constituent of Nigella sativa oil has been found to have a promising topical anti-inflammatory activity; however, exaggerated heat and photo-sensitivity and lipophilicity prevent the best use of this promising product. The present work aimed to formulate an ideal thymoquinone liposomal system for topical delivery. Different liposomal systems were developed using thin film hydration method by applying different cholesterol molar concentrations, different total lipid molar concentrations, and different drug-to-lipid ratios. Morphological characterization of the prepared formulae was performed using polarized light, scanning electron microscope, and transmission electron microscope. The optimized formula (F12) was selected on the basis of enhanced permeation through the skin and was incorporated into chitosan gel for topical application. The gel formulation was clear with suitable skin permeation and exhibited acceptable rheological properties. Using carrageenan-induced paw edema in rats, the developed chitosan gel (F12) showed significant superior in vivo anti-inflammatory activity over the chitosan gel of the TQ (p < 0.05) and comparable effect to the marketed indomethacin gel. As a conclusion, results revealed the potential of formulating thymoquinone as liposomal formulation in enhancing the anti-inflammatory effect compared to the TQ solution.