Manuela Ventura

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While testing regenerative medicine strategies, the use of animal models that match the research questions and that are related to clinical translation is crucial. During the initial stage of evaluating new strategies for bone repair, the main goal is to state whether the strategies efficiently induce the formation of new bone tissue at an orthotopic site.(More)
Understanding the influence of formulation and storage conditions on rhBMP-2 bioactivity is extremely important for its clinical application. Reports in the literature show that different research groups employ different parameters such as formulation conditions, storage, doses for in vivo applications etc. that makes it difficult to correlate results from(More)
Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) is considered a promising adjuvant for the treatment of skeletal non-union and spinal fusion. However, BMP-2 delivery in a conventional collagen scaffold necessitates a high dose to achieve an efficacious outcome. To lower its effective dose, we precomplexed BMP-2 with the glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) dermatan sulfate (DS)(More)
These studies were undertaken to examine the effect of fish oil, safflower oil, and hydrogenated coconut oil on the major processes that determine the concentration of low density lipoprotein (LDL) in plasma, i.e., the rate of LDL production and the rates of receptor-dependent and receptor-independent LDL uptake in the various organs of the body. When fed(More)
Adrenal and plasma corticosterone levels were measured in adult female rats after i.p. administration of specific MAO inhibitors: clorgyline (IMAO-A) and deprenil (IMAO-B). Brain and adrenal MAO activity was also determined. The IMAO effect was found to depend on 3 interrelated factors: (a) dose of drug, (b) time after injection, (c) specificity in MAO(More)
While human bone morphogenetic protein-2 (rhBMP-2) is a promising growth factor for bone regeneration, its clinical efficacy has recently shown to be below expectation. In order to improve the clinical translation of rhBMP-2, there exists strong motivation to engineer better delivery systems. Hyaluronic acid (HA) hydrogel is a suitable carrier for the(More)
Calcium phosphate cements (CPCs) are commonly used bone substitute materials, which closely resemble the composition of the mineral phase of bone. However, this high similarity to natural bone also results in difficult discrimination from the bone tissue by common imaging modalities, that is, plain X-ray radiography and three-dimensional computed tomography(More)
Bone morphogenetic protein-2 (BMP-2) releasing scaffolds are routinely used in bone tissue engineering to accelerate regeneration. Thus, assessing growth factor activity, and tissue regeneration around a biomaterial delivery system is extremely important to optimize the stages of bone healing. Such assessment commonly relies on histology. A non-invasive(More)