Cláudia M. Botelho

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This study describes a novel liposomal formulation for siRNA delivery, based on the mixture of the neutral lipid monoolein (MO) and cationic lipids of the dioctadecyldimethylammonium (DODA) family. The cationic lipids dioctadecyldimethylammonium bromide (DODAB) and chloride (DODAC) were compared in order to identify which one will most efficiently induce(More)
Infective endocarditis despite advances in diagnosis remains a common cause of hospitalization, with high morbidity and mortality rates. Through literature review it is possible to conclude that polymicrobial endocarditis occurs mainly in intravenous drug abusers with predominance in the right side of the heart, often with tricuspid valve involvement. This(More)
Machado-Joseph disease (MJD) is a late-onset neurodegenerative disorder caused by a polyglutamine (polyQ) expansion in the ataxin-3 protein. We generated two transgenic mouse lineages expressing the expanded human ataxin-3 under the control of the CMV promoter: CMVMJD83 and CMVMJD94, carrying Q83 and Q94 stretches, respectively. Behavioral analysis revealed(More)
The genus Staphylococcus is composed of Gram-positive bacteria with diameters of 0.5-1.5 μm, characterized by individual cocci that divide in more than one plane to form grape-like clusters [1]. These bacteria are non-motile, nonspore forming facultative anaerobes, featuring a complex nutritional requirement for growth [2-4], a low G+C content of DNA (in(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the interaction of Candida tropicalis with three different human cell lines: TCC-SUP (epithelial cells from urinary bladder), HeLa (epithelial cells from cervical carcinoma) and Caco-2 (epithelial cells from colorectal adenocarcinoma). In particular we sought to assess the degree of cell damage and activity reduction(More)
Silicon-substituted hydroxyapatite (Si-HA) coatings have been plasma sprayed over titanium substrates (Ti-6Al-4V) aiming to improve the bioactivity of the constructs for bone tissue repair/regeneration. X-ray diffraction analysis of the coatings has shown that, previous to the thermal deposition, no secondary phases were formed due to the incorporation of(More)
Recent histological studies have demonstrated that the substitution of silicate ions into hydroxyapatite (HA) significantly increases the rate of bone apposition to HA implants. The enhanced bioactivity of silicon-substituted HA (Si-HA) over pure HA has been attributed to the effect of silicate ions in accelerating dissolution. In the present study,(More)
The normal intersurface forces between nanosized probe tips functionalized with COO(-)-terminated alkanethiol self-assembling monolayers and dense, polycrystalline silicon-substituted synthetic hydroxyapatite (SiHA) and phase pure hydroxyapatite (HA) were measured via a nanomechanical technique called chemically specific high-resolution force spectroscopy.(More)
It is widely known that Enterococcus faecalis virulence is related to its biofilm formation. Although Enterococci are common commensal organisms of the gastrointestinal tract, the difference between commensal and pathogen strains remain unclear. In this study, we compare the biochemical profile of the biofilms formed by two groups of medical and two groups(More)
UNLABELLED While the delivery of small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) is an attractive strategy to treat several clinical conditions, siRNA-nanocarriers' stability after intravenous administration is still a major obstacle for the development of RNA-interference based therapies. But, although the need for stability is well recognized, the notion that strong(More)