Cláudia Maria Oliveira Simões

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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)
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)
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 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)
This study investigated the inhibitory effects of Achyrocline satureioides extract (ASE) incorporated into a topical nanoemulsion on Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 (HSV-1/KOS strain) replication, as well as the distribution of the main ASE flavonoids (quercetin, luteolin, and 3-O-methylquercetin) in porcine skin and mucosa. The ASE-loaded nanoemulsion showed(More)
UNLABELLED Bone morphogenetic protein type 2 (BMP-2) is a potent local factor, which promotes bone formation and has been used as an osteogenic supplement for mesenchymal stem cells. OBJECTIVES This study evaluated the effect of a recombinant BMP-2 as well as the endogenous BMP-4 and BMP-7 in the osteogenic differentiation of adipose-derived stem cells(More)
The interest upon products obtained from fungi has increased during the recent years. Among the most noticeable, nutraceuticals, enzymes, and natural drugs occupy a privileged position. Fungal biomass for the obtainment of those products can be produced either by solid-state fermentation (SSF) or submersed fermentation. SSF has been employed for the(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)
Cardenolides are cardiac glycosides, mostly obtained from natural sources. They are well known for their inhibitory action on the Na,K-ATPase, an effect that regulates cardiovascular alterations such as congestive heart failure and atrial arrhythmias. In recent years, they have also sparked new interest in their anticancer potential. In the present study,(More)