Ana Luiza Ribeiro de Souza

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The present paper focuses on the development and characterization of silica nanoparticles (SiNP) coated with hydrophilic polymers as mucoadhesive carriers for oral administration of insulin. SiNP were prepared by sol-gel technology under mild conditions and coated with different hydrophilic polymers, namely, chitosan, sodium alginate or poly(ethylene(More)
BACKGROUND The Caries Assessment Spectrum and Treatment (CAST) is a new epidemiological instrument for detection and treatment of dental caries. Worldwide, the WHO criterion constitutes the epidemiological tool most commonly used for caries detection. The objective of the present study is to determine the levels of similarity and difference between the CAST(More)
A new caries assessment instrument, the Caries Assessment Spectrum and Treatment (CAST), was developed. It covers carious lesion progression from no lesion, sealants and restorations to lesions in enamel and dentine, advanced stages in pulpal and tooth-surrounding tissues, and tooth loss owing to dental caries, in nine codes. The objective of this study was(More)
The present work aimed at studying the interaction between insulin and SiNP surfaced with mucoadhesive polymers (chitosan, sodium alginate or polyethylene glycol) and the evaluation of their biocompatibility with HepG2 and Caco-2 cell lines, which mimic in vivo the target of insulin-loaded nanoparticles upon oral administration. Thus, a systematic(More)
Currently, schistosomiasis mansoni is treated clinically with praziquantel (PZQ). Nevertheless, cases of tolerance and resistance to this drug have been reported, creating the need to develop new drugs or to improve existing drugs. Considering the small number of new drugs against Schistosoma mansoni, the design of nanotechnology-based drug delivery systems(More)
Praziquantel (PZQ) is a pyrazinoisoquinoline anthelmintic that was discovered in 1972 by Bayer Germany. Currently, due to its efficacy, PZQ is the drug of choice against all species of Schistosoma. Although widely used, PZQ exhibits low and erratic bioavailability because of its poor water solubility. Nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC), second-generation(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to establish the face and content validity of the Caries Assessment Spectrum and Treatment (CAST) index. This hierarchical epidemiological index consists of 10 codes covering the spectrum of carious lesion progression and describing conditions ranging from the absence of carious lesions to the presence of sealants and(More)
OBJECTIVES To describe the 'Caries Assessment Spectrum and Treatment' (CAST) instrument, its origin and content, and to provide an example of how results can be reported. METHODS The CAST instrument covers the complete range of stages of carious lesion progression: from no carious lesion, through caries protection (sealant) and lesion care (restoration)(More)
The present study reports the production and characterization of PEG-coated silica nanoparticles (SiNP-PEG) containing insulin for oral administration. High (PEG 20,000) and low (PEG 6000) PEG molecular weights were used in the preparations. SiNP were produced by sol-gel technology followed by PEG adsorption and characterized for in vitro release by Franz(More)
The Caries Assessment Spectrum and Treatment (CAST) is a newly developed epidemiological instrument. The aim of this study was to investigate its construct validity. Four calibrated examiners, using CAST codes 0-6, visually examined 109 surfaces of extracted and exfoliated teeth. These teeth were then hemisectioned, photographed, and assessed histologically(More)