Luciana de Matos Alves Pinto

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Local anesthetics are able to induce pain relief by binding to the sodium channel of excitable membranes, blocking the influx of sodium ions and the propagation of the nervous impulse. Benzocaine (BZC) is a local anesthetic whose low water-solubility limits its application to topical formulations. The present work focuses on the characterization of(More)
We examined the effect of uncharged lidocaine on the structure and dynamics of egg phosphatidylcholine (EPC) membranes at pH 10.5 in order to assess the location of this local anesthetic in the bilayer. Changes in the organization of small unilamellar vesicles were monitored either by electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR)-in the spectra of doxyl derivatives(More)
We assessed the effect of local anesthetics (LA) from different families such as esters (benzocaine), linear aminoamides (lidocaine) and cyclic aminoamides (bupivacaine) on the platelet aggregation induced by ADP. Liposomal formulations of the three LA, prepared with egg phosphatidylcholine:cholesterol alpha-tocopherol, were also tested. The three LA were(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Many researchers in the last four decades have been devoted to the development of drug-delivery systems. Since its first application in the pharmaceutical industry, many results have been obtained especially in the molecular manipulation of carriers and their interaction with encapsulated drugs. These new carriers have the(More)
Schistosomiasis is a parasitic disease which kills a half million people per year, all over the world. Praziquantel (PZQ) is the drug-of-choice for schistosomiasis because of its effectiveness, ease of administration, and low cost. However, poor solubility restricts its delivery, especially via the oral route. In this study, we describe beta-cyclodextrin(More)
The interaction of local anesthetics (LA) with biological and phospholipid bilayers was investigated regarding the contribution of their structure and physicochemical properties to membrane partition and to erythrocyte solubilization. We measured the partition into phospholipid vesicles-at pH 5.0 and 10.5-and the biphasic hemolytic effect on rat(More)
PURPOSE Liposomal formulations of local anesthetics (LA) are able to control drug-delivery in biological systems, prolonging their anesthetic effect. This study aimed to prepare, characterize and evaluate in vivo drug-delivery systems, composed of large unilamellar liposomes (LUV), for bupivacaine (BVC) and mepivacaine (MVC). METHODS BVC and MVC(More)
The inclusion complexes between 17-α-methyltestosterone (MT) and β-cyclodextrin (bCD) were prepared and characterized in dissolution and solid phase. The complex promoted a sixfold increment in solubility of the hormone. It has a limited solubility and stoichiometry of 2:1 (bCD:MT) determined by DSC, NMR and solubility experiments, the association constant(More)
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