Ana Claudia Mendes

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Chitosan (Ch) polysaccharide was mixed with phospholipids (P) to generate electrospun hybrid nanofibers intended to be used as platforms for transdermal drug delivery. Ch/P nanofibers exibithed average diameters ranging from 248±94nm to 600±201nm, depending on the amount of phospholipids used. Fourier Transformed Infra-Red (FTIR) spectroscopy and Dynamic(More)
A chemical derivative of xanthan gum polysaccharide is investigated as a new artificial matrix for the encapsulation of chondrocytic cells. Toward this goal, a novel micro-droplet generator is developed to produce microcapsules. Microcapsules with an average diameter of 500 µm, smooth surface, and homogeneous size distribution are obtained. ATDC5 cells(More)
We report a mild cell encapsulation method based on self-assembly and microfluidics technology. Xanthan gum, an anionic polysaccharide, was used to trigger the self-assembly of a positively charged multidomain peptide. The self-assembly resulted in the formation of a nanofibrous matrix and using a microfluidic device, microcapsules with homogeneous size(More)
The most severe drought in tropical South America during the 20 century occurred in 1926. This extreme El Nino year is further documented anecdotally, in an update of the river stage observations at Manaus, and in annual rainfall records. The annual rainfall anomaly is an east-west dipole over tropical South America, with drought to the west over the Amazon(More)
Self-assembly is a ubiquitous process in biology where it plays numerous important roles and underlies the formation of a wide variety of complex biological structures. Over the past two decades, materials scientists have aspired to exploit nature's assembly principles to create artificial materials, with hierarchical structures and tailored properties, for(More)
The degradation rate in Hydrophilic, Degradable and Bioactive Cements (HDBCs) containing starch/cellulose acetate blends (SCA) is still low. In order to increase degradation, higher amounts of starch are required to exceed the percolation threshold. In this work, gelatinization, acetylation and methacrylation of corn starch were performed and assessed as(More)
We report the synthesis of an amphiphilic polysaccharide, a phospholipid (1,2-dioleoyl-sn-glycero-phosphoetilamine, DOPE) conjugated with the anionic xanthan gum, and its ability to spontaneously self-assemble under mild aqueous conditions. This work also aimed to apply a microfluidic platform that can precisely fabricate microsized and monodispersed(More)
The effects of using electrospun chitosan fibres as a wrapping material for dry-ageing beef was studied and compared to traditional dry-ageing and wet-ageing of beef for up to 21 days. The chitosan treatment showed improved results in terms of yield, reduction of microbial counts, yeasts and moulds, and lighter appearance compared to traditional dry-ageing.(More)
Mineralization of hydrogel biomaterials is considered desirable to improve their suitability as materials for bone regeneration. Calcium carbonate (CaCO3 ) has been successfully applied as a bone regeneration material, but hydrogel-CaCO3 composites have received less attention. Magnesium (Mg) has been used as a component of calcium phosphate biomaterials to(More)
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