Hermínio José Cipriano de Sousa

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Methods for double staining plant materials using astra blue and basic fuchsin are described here. These methods can be applied to free hand and microtome sections embedded in paraffin, paraplast or historesin. Also, they can be used to study isolated epidermal peels and pollen preparations. Temporary, semipermanent and permanent preparations were studied.(More)
Diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs) are a chronic, non-healing complication of diabetes that lead to high hospital costs and, in extreme cases, to amputation. Diabetic neuropathy, peripheral vascular disease, abnormal cellular and cytokine/chemokine activity are among the main factors that hinder diabetic wound repair. DFUs represent a current and important(More)
Bicomponent fibers of two semi-crystalline (co)polymers, poly(varepsilon-caprolactone), and poly(oxyethylene-b-oxypropylene-b-oxyethylene), were obtained by electrospinning. Acetazolamide and timolol maleate were loaded in the fibers in different concentrations (below and above the drug solubility limit in polymer) in order to determine the effect of drug(More)
Film- and foam-like structures of N-carboxybutylchitosan (CBC) and of agarose (AGA) were prepared and characterized in order to evaluate their potential application as topical membrane-type wound dressing materials, mostly regarding their sustained release capacities and fluid handling properties. Polymeric biomaterials were loaded with two natural-origin(More)
One important complication of diabetes mellitus is chronic, non-healing diabetic foot ulcers (DFUs). This study aims to develop and use dressings based on chitosan derivatives for the sustained delivery of neurotensin (NT), a neuropeptide that acts as an inflammatory modulator in wound healing. Three different derivatives, namely N-carboxymethyl chitosan,(More)
In this work the possibility of impregnating P(MMA-EHA-EGDMA) with flurbiprofen using a clean and environmentally friendly technology, namely supercritical fluid technology was evaluated. P(MMA-EHA-EGDMA) has been proposed as a promising matrix to be used for intraocular delivery of anti-inflammatory drugs used in eye surgery and flurbiprofen is a(More)
Poly(3-hydroxybutyrate-co-3-hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) microspheres containing flurbiprofen were prepared by an oil-in-water emulsion solvent evaporation method, in order to develop a particulate drug delivery system for localized administration. A response surface method (RSM) using a central composite design was employed to evaluate the effect of the(More)
In this work, porous scaffolds obtained from the freeze-drying of pectin/chitosan polyelectrolyte complexes were prepared and characterized by FTIR, SEM and weight loss studies. Additionally, the cytotoxicity of the prepared scaffolds was evaluated in vitro, using human osteoblast cells. The results obtained showed that cells adhered to scaffolds and(More)
The aim of this work was to develop an innovative supercritical fluid (SCF)-assisted molecular imprinting method to endow commercial soft contact lenses (SCLs) with the ability to load specific drugs and to control their release. This approach seeks to overcome the limitation of the common loading of preformed SCLs by immersion in concentrated drug(More)
In this work we employed a supercritical solvent impregnation (SSI) process using a scCO(2)+EtOH (5% molar) solvent mixture to impregnate acetazolamide (ACZ) into commercially available silicone-based soft contact lenses (Balafilcon A, Pure Vision, Bausch & Lomb). Contact lenses (SCLs) drug-loading was studied at 40°C and 50°C, and from 15 MPa up to 20 MPa,(More)