M. Filomena Castro

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The secretion of trophic factors by mesenchymal stromal cells has gained increased interest given the benefits it may bring to the treatment of a variety of traumatic injuries such as skin wounds. Herein, we report on a three-dimensional culture-based method to improve the paracrine activity of a specific population of umbilical cord tissue-derived(More)
The development of metabolically competent in vitro models is of utmost importance for predicting adverse drug reactions, thereby preventing attrition-related economical and clinical burdens. Using the antiretroviral drug nevirapine (NVP) as a model, this work aimed to validate rat hepatocyte 3D spheroid cultures as competent in vitro systems to assess drug(More)
The effect of dietary conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) supplementation in combination with fat from vegetable versus animal origin on the fatty acid deposition, including that of individual 18:1 and 18:2 (conjugated and non-conjugated) isomers, in the liver and muscle of obese rats was investigated. For this purpose, 32 male Zucker rats were randomly assigned(More)
Microtiter plates were used as minireactors to study Starmerella bombicola growth and sophorolipid (SL) production. Compositional analysis of SL mixtures by liquid chromatography with electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry showed similar results on SLs produced using the laboratory scale (shake flask) and the microscale (24-well microtiter plates(More)
3D cultures of human stem cell-derived hepatocyte-like cells (HLCs) have emerged as promising models for short- and long-term maintenance of hepatocyte phenotype in vitro cultures by better resembling the in vivo environment of the liver and consequently increase the translational value of the resulting data. In this study, the first stage of hepatic(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the effect of postpolymerization treatment based on ethanol-aqueous solutions on the residual monomer (RM) content, flexural strength, microhardness, and cytotoxicity of hard chairside reline resins (Kooliner, Ufi Gel Hard). METHODS After polymerization, specimens were immersed in water, 20%, 50%, or 70% ethanol solutions at 23°C or(More)
The purpose of this work was to synthesize and characterize the thiatetraaza macrocycle 1-thia-4,7,10,13-tetraazacyclopentadecane ([15]aneN4S). Its acid-base behaviour was studied by potentiometry at 25 °C and ionic strength 0.10 M in KNO3. The protonation sequence of this ligand was investigated by 1H-NMR titration that also allowed the determination of(More)
The design of any complex products, such as information systems (IS), involves the coordination of different activities and knowledge. The systematisation of that knowledge must be considered in order to achieve IS levels of efficiency and effectiveness and to make organisations answers in turbulent times more agile. This paper presents an architecture of(More)
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