Alicia Rodríguez Gascón

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The aim of cell microencapsulation technology is to treat multiple diseases in the absence of immunosuppression. Using this technique, cells are immobilized within carefully designed capsules that allow the long-term function of the graft. Although the potential impact of this field is likely to be wide-ranging, the past few years have seen several 'firsts'(More)
The aims of this work were (i) to evaluate the potential of nanostructured lipid carriers (NLCs) as a tool to enhance the oral bioavailability of poorly soluble compounds using saquinavir (SQV), a BCS class IV drug and P-gp substrate as a model drug, and (ii) to study NLC transport mechanisms across the intestinal barrier. Three different NLC formulations(More)
Since solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) were introduced as non-viral transfection systems, very few reports of their use for gene delivery have been published. In this work different formulations based on SLN-DNA complexes were formulated in order to evaluate the influence of the formulation components on the "in vitro" transfection capacity. SLNs composed(More)
Single dose immunisation is a major goal in vaccine design. The purpose of this study was the development of a single dose delivery system for the SPf66 malaria vaccine, based on this antigen's microencapsulation in PLGA microspheres by double emulsion method. Results indicate that a single immunisation in mice and monkeys with the SPf66 malaria vaccine,(More)
BSA was entrapped in particles of different sizes (200, 500 and 1000 nm) prepared from poly(D,L-lactic-co-glycolic) acid by a double emulsion method. The particles were given, either intranasally, orally or subcutaneously, to Balb/c mice and the serum IgG, IgG1 and IgG2a response elicited was compared to that obtained by the subcutaneous administration of(More)
PLGA microspheres containing bovine serum albumin (BSA) as a model antigen, were prepared by a double emulsion/solvent extraction method and their in vitro characterization was performed. The same microspheres were used in a series of in vivo studies to evaluate the immune response induced after subcutaneous or oral inoculation following different(More)
The biocompatibility of alginate-PLL-alginate (APA) microcapsules has been evaluated with respect to impurity levels. The impurity content of three different alginates (a raw high M-alginate, a raw high G-alginate and a purified high G-alginate) has been determined and the in vivo antigenic response of APA beads made with each alginate assessed. Results(More)
The pharmacokinetics of piperacillin/tazobactam (4 g/0.5 g every 6 or 8 hours, by 20-minute intravenous infusion) were studied in 14 patients with acute renal failure who underwent continuous venovenous hemofiltration with AN69 membranes. Patients were grouped according to severity (CL(CR) < or =10 mL/min, 10 < CL(CR) < or =50 mL/min, and CL(CR) > 50(More)
Cell microencapsulation has emerged as a promising therapeutic strategy to treat a wide range of diseases. The optimisation of this technology depends on several critical issues such as the careful selection of the cell line, the controlled manufacture of microcapsules and the suitable adaptation of the construct design to the selected cell line. In this(More)