Franca Ferrari

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This report was performed to study the biological role of c-Met in oral tumorigenesis by analyzing its expression in relation to clinicopathological features. Seventy-three cases of oral squamous cell carcinoma and 10 of normal mucosa were analysed for c-Met expression by immunohistochemistry. Normal oral squamous epithelium showed absent or low membranous(More)
A series of 110 cases of oral squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) together with six lymph node and one distant metastatic lesions was analysed for expression of survivin, a recent apoptosis inhibitor, by immunohistochemistry and Western blotting. In total, 91 cases (82.7%) of carcinoma and all metastasis (seven cases, 100%) were positive for survivin expression,(More)
The aim was to evaluate the influence of the degree of quaternization of N-trimethyl chitosans (TMCs) on the mucoadhesive and penetration enhancement properties towards buccal mucosa. Fluorescein isothiocyanate dextran (MW 4400 Da) (FD4) was used as model molecule. TMCs, obtained from chitosans of different MW (1460 and 580 kDa, respectively), were hydrated(More)
Among the chitosan derivatives, trimethylchitosan (TMC) has been shown to have penetration enhancement properties also in intestinal environment. In addition, the use of nanoparticulate systems has the advantage of protecting peptidic drugs from intestinal degradations, due to internalisation behaviour. Therefore, the aim of this paper was to evaluate(More)
This review considers the application of chitosan and its salts in the delivery of drugs intended to act locally towards diseases of the mucosa itself (mucosal delivery), and to undergo systemic absorption by means of transmucosal routes (transmucosal delivery). Those chitosan properties that are particularly useful in mucosal and transmucosal delivery have(More)
In the present paper the interaction between lambda carrageenan, a natural sulphated polysaccharide, and diltiazem HCl, a Ca channel blocking agent, was studied. Dialysis equilibria were performed to quantify the binding capacity of lambda carrageenan for diltiazem. The relevance of the interaction to hydrophilic matrix systems was confirmed: a relationship(More)
In the present work wound dressings, based on chitosan hydrochloride (HCS), 5-methyl-pyrrolidinone chitosan (MPC), and their mixtures with an anionic polymer, hyaluronic acid (HA), were prepared by freeze-drying. Chlorhexidine diacetate (CX) was used as an antimicrobic drug. The mechanical properties of the wound dressings were investigated. In particular,(More)
Cyclosporine A (CsA) loaded solid lipid nanoparticles (SLNs) for topical ophthalmic applications were prepared by high shear homogenization and ultrasound method using Compritol 888 ATO, Poloxamer 188 and Tween 80, to investigate the cellular uptake of rabbit corneal epithelial cells (RCE) and to evaluate the cytotoxicity. The size of the optimized(More)
OBJECTIVES Growth factors contained in platelet α-granules initiate and modulate tissue repair and are proposed for the treatment of soft and hard-tissue surgical conditions and in the management of non-healing wounds. Platelet lysate is a hemoderivative obtained from platelet-rich plasma and is capable of releasing a pool of growth factors. Many medical(More)
The aim of the present work was to investigate the possibility of achieving buccal delivery of a problematic drug, acyclovir, from films based on chitosan hydrochloride (HCS) and polyacrylic acid sodium salt (PAA). At first, the ionic interaction between HCS and PAA in distilled water was investigated by means of rheological and turbidimetric analysis.(More)