Cláudia Maria Oliveira Simões

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This manuscript describes the evaluation of anti-infective potential in vitro of organic extracts from nine sponges, one ascidian, two octocorals, one bryozoan, and 27 seaweed species collected along the Brazilian coast. Antimicrobial activity was tested against Staphylococcus aureus (ATCC 25923), Enterococcus faecalis (ATCC 29212), Pseudomonas aeruginosa(More)
With continuing advances in biotechnology and genetic engineering, there has been a dramatic increase in the availability of new biomacromolecules, such as peptides and proteins that have the potential to ameliorate the symptoms of many poorly-treated diseases. Although most of these macromolecular therapeutics exhibit high potency, their large molecular(More)
The aim of this study was to optimize topical nanoemulsions containing genistein, by means of a 23 full factorial design based on physicochemical properties and skin retention. The experimental arrangement was constructed using oil type (isopropyl myristate or castor oil), phospholipid type (distearoylphosphatidylcholine [DSPC] or dioleylphosphaditylcholine(More)
Thalidomide is emerging as a therapeutic agent with renewed clinical importance, presenting anti-inflammatory, immunomodulatory, and antineoplasic properties. In this work, we studied the complexation of thalidomide with cyclodextrins as a strategy to circumvent the poor aqueous solubility of the drug. Thalidomide–hydroxypropyl-β-cyclodextrin complexes were(More)
The n-butanol fraction (BF) obtained from the crude extract of the marine sponge Petromica citrina, the halistanol-enriched fraction (TSH fraction), and the isolated compounds halistanol sulfate (1) and halistanol sulfate C (2), were evaluated for their inhibitory effects on the replication of the Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV-1, KOS strain) by the viral(More)
Although lipid-based drug delivery systems have gained much importance in recent years due to their ability to improve the solubility and bioavailability of poorly soluble drugs, compartmental pharmacokinetic analyses have not been extensively explored. The oral pharmacokinetics of commercial liquid formulation and a developed semisolid system containing(More)
It is well-known that nanoencapsulation may overcome biopharmaceutical limitations of curcumin (CUR), but studies regarding the contribution of the vesicular nature of CUR-loaded nanoparticles on skin permeation are still scarce. Therefore, the effect of three colloidal systems (solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN), nanoemulsion (NE), and polymeric nanoparticles(More)
Lung cancer is the most deadly type of cancer in humans, with non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) being the most frequent and aggressive type of lung cancer showing high resistance to radiation and chemotherapy. Despite the outstanding progress made in anti-tumor therapy, discovering effective anti-tumor drugs is still a challenging task. Here we describe a(More)
Five new polyoxygenated marine steroids-punicinols A-E (1-5)-were isolated from the gorgonian Leptogorgia punicea and characterized by spectroscopic methods (IR, MS, 1H, 13C and 2-D NMR). The five compounds induced in vitro cytotoxic effects against lung cancer A549 cells, while punicinols A and B were the most active, with IC50 values of 9.7 μM and 9.6 μM,(More)
Herein, we report the antimalarial activity of nine 4-methoxychalcone derivatives 1a-i and an initial analysis of their ADMET properties. All compounds showed potent activity against the P. falciparum chloroquine-resistant clone W2, with IC50 values ranging from 1.96 µM to 10.99 µM, with moderate or low cytotoxicity against the HeLa cell line. The compound(More)