Tandem Project

Exploring New Therapeutic Potential in Treatment of Liver Cancer


The aim of the present Tandem Project is to develop different types of novel hybrid nanoparticles loaded with a natural product extracted from grapes, to explore its anticancer effect in liver cancer. The development of such novel hybrid nanoparticles will be conducted in the current project and target their production on a large industrial scale.

The non-surgical methods of cancer treatment include radiation therapy and chemotherapy, depending on agents that cause cellular death. An efficient therapeutic formulation is the one that exerts anticancer effect on tumor cells, while being safe to normal cells. In this regard, herbal medicine products exerting pharmacological activity known as nutraceuticals were proven promising. These nutraceuticals were reported to exhibit cancer-curative properties, with the advantage of being completely safe, so their uptake by healthy cells does not pose any toxicity issues. Despite the fact that several research papers reported the success of these nutraceuticals in cancer treatment, only a limited number of clinical trials were initiated to assess their efficacy owing to problems related in their delivery; namely solubility and stability. In this regard, nanomedicine products (Nanoparticles) were recently introduced as a solution for those two particular problems, hence providing means for overcoming the problems of conventional anticancer drugs. Nanoparticles are defined as very minute sized particles with a diameter less than one micrometer. These nanoparticles were shown to increase the intracellular concentration of drugs, by virtue of their enhanced internalization properties, hence leading to optimization of their therapeutic efficacy. Therefore, the merger between herbal medicine and nanomedicine for treatment of cancer is considered a promising avenue of research. Moreover, a novel approach of creating hybrid nanoparticles of improved anticancer activity has emerged, leading to further advancement in cancer therapy and a close and long-term research cooperation between AGYA members Mohamed Abou El-Enein (medical and health sciences) from Charité Medical University Berlin and Maha Nasr (pharmacy) from Ain Shams University in Cairo. The results this study and the research cooperation will be made available here in due course.

Members in Charge

Mohamed Abou El-Enein

Medical and Health Sciences
Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin

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Maha Nasr

Ain Shams University, Faculty of Pharmacy

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DATE and Venue of the project

17 March – 31 December 2020
Charité Medical University Berlin, Germany
Ain Shams University, Egypt

Funding Scheme

Tandem Project

Countries Involved

Germany, Egypt


Disciplines Involved

Nanotechnology, Pharmacy, Cancer Medicine


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