Most Cited Article – Formulation Strategies and Therapeutic Applications of Shikonin and Related Derivatives

Author(s):Kirandeep KaurAtamjit SinghHamayal SharmaSanha Punj and Neena Bedi*

Volume 16, Issue 1, 2022

Published on: 01 April, 2022

Page: [55 – 67]

Pages: 13

DOI: 10.2174/2667387816666220302112201


Shikonin and its derivatives are excellent representatives of biologically active naphthoquinones. A wide range of investigations carried out in the last few decades validated their pharmacological efficacy. Besides having magnificent therapeutic potential, shikonin and its derivatives suffer from various pharmacokinetic, toxicity, and stability issues like poor bioavailability, nephrotoxicity, photodegradation, etc. Recently, various research groups have developed an extensive range of formulations to tackle these issues to ease their path to clinical practice. The latest formulation approaches have been focused on exploiting the unique features of novel functional excipients, which in turn escalate the therapeutic effect of shikonin. Moreover, the codelivery approach in various drug delivery systems has been taken into consideration in a recent while to reduce toxicity associated with shikonin and its derivatives. This review sheds light on the essential reports and patents published related to the array of formulations containing shikonin and its derivatives. Read more:

Author: Bentham Science Publishers

A major science, technology, and medical journal publisher of more than 100 online and print journals and related print/online book series, Bentham Science answers the information needs of scientists in the fields of pharmaceutical, biomedical, medical, engineering, technology, computer and social sciences.

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