Domingos C Ferreira

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The aim of this work was to produce and characterize cetyl palmitate-based solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) containing insulin, and to evaluate the potential of these colloidal carriers for oral administration. SLN were prepared by a modified solvent emulsification-evaporation method based on a w/o/w double emulsion. The particle size, zeta potential and(More)
This paper highlights the importance of lipid-based colloidal carriers and their pharmaceutical implications in the delivery of peptides and proteins for oral and parenteral administration. There are several examples of biomacromolecules used nowadays in the therapeutics, which are promising candidates to be delivered by means of liposomes and lipid(More)
In vitro cell culture models for studying oral drug absorption during early stages of drug development have become a useful tool in drug discovery and development, with respect to substance throughput and reproducibility. The aim of this study was to establish an in vitro cellular model based on human colon carcinoma Caco-2, mucus-producing HT29, and Raji B(More)
Alginate microspheres prepared by emulsification/internal gelation were chosen as carriers for a model protein, hemoglobin (Hb). Reinforced chitosan-coated microspheres were obtained by an uninterrupted method, in order to simplify the coating process, minimize protein losses during production and to avoid Hb escape under acidic conditions. Microspheres(More)
The development of alternative routes to the conventional subcutaneous administration of insulin is expected to provide an important advance in the management of diabetes. The aim of this work was to produce and characterize chitosan-coated Witepsol 85E solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) containing insulin, and to evaluate the potential of these colloidal(More)
The aim of this work was to develop a systematic analysis of the cellular internalisation mechanism and pathway of solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) internalisation. To evaluate if SLN show cell uptake and to understand the mechanism of internalisation, four human glioma cell lines (A172, U251, U373 and U87) and a human macrophage cell line (THP1) were used.(More)
The pharmacological activity of insulin-loaded dextran sulfate/chitosan nanoparticles was evaluated following oral dosage in diabetic rats. Nanoparticles were mucoadhesive and negatively charged with a mean size of 500 nm, suitable for uptake within the gastrointestinal tract. Insulin association efficiency was over 70% and was released in a pH-dependent(More)
Chitosan-coated alginate microspheres prepared by emulsification/internal gelation were chosen as carriers for a model protein, hemoglobin (Hb), owing to nontoxicity of the polymers and mild conditions of the method. The influence of process variables related to the emulsification step and microsphere recovering and formulation variables, such as alginate(More)
The overall objective of our research is to produce polyanion/chitosan nanoparticulate oral delivery systems for insulin. Specific objectives of the present study were to study dextran sulfate or alginate complexation with chitosan on mean particle size, insulin association efficiency, loading capacity and release profile. Nanoparticles were formed by(More)
Prediction of human intestinal absorption is a major goal in the design, optimization, and selection of drugs intended for oral delivery, in particular proteins, which possess intrinsic poor transport across intestinal epithelium. There are various techniques currently employed to evaluate the extension of protein absorption in the different phases of drug(More)