Maria Ascensão Lopes

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The purpose of this study was to test in vivo two different nerve guides, one of PLGA made of a novel proportion (90:10) of the two polymers, Poly(L-lactide):Poly(glycolide), with (DL-lactide-epsilon-caprolactone) copolyester (Neurolac) tube, in promoting nerve regeneration across a 10 mm-gap of the rat sciatic nerve. Finally, end-to-end coaptation was(More)
Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) nerve tube guides, made of a novel proportion (90:10) of the two polymers, poly(L-lactide): poly(glycolide) and covered with a neural cell line differentiated in vitro, were tested in vivo for promoting nerve regeneration across a 10-mm gap of the rat sciatic nerve. Before in vivo testing, the PLGA 90:10 tubes were(More)
Recent histological studies have demonstrated that the substitution of silicate ions into hydroxyapatite (HA) significantly increases the rate of bone apposition to HA implants. The enhanced bioactivity of silicon-substituted HA (Si-HA) over pure HA has been attributed to the effect of silicate ions in accelerating dissolution. In the present study,(More)
INTRODUCTION The incorporation of quaternary ammonium polyethylenimine (QPEI) nanoparticles into endodontic sealers induces alterations in their structure and surface properties, which may affect the compatibility with the periapical tissues. This work addressed the behavior of human bone cells exposed to extracts from commercial and QPEI containing AH Plus(More)
The healing process of the skin is a dynamic procedure mediated through a complex feedback of growth factors secreted by a variety of cells types. Despite the most recent advances in wound healing management and surgical procedures, these techniques still fail up to 50%, so cellular therapies involving mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are nowadays a promising(More)
INTRODUCTION This study evaluated the antibiofilm effects of 2 endodontic sealers incorporated with quaternary ammonium polyethylenimine (QPEI) nanoparticles at a 2% concentration (w/w). METHODS The materials tested were AH Plus and Pulp Canal Sealer EWT (PCS) in the commercial unmodified form or containing 2% QPEI. Antibiofilm assays were conducted by(More)
The normal intersurface forces between nanosized probe tips functionalized with COO(-)-terminated alkanethiol self-assembling monolayers and dense, polycrystalline silicon-substituted synthetic hydroxyapatite (SiHA) and phase pure hydroxyapatite (HA) were measured via a nanomechanical technique called chemically specific high-resolution force spectroscopy.(More)
The purpose of this study was to test in vivo two different nerve guides for promoting nerve regeneration across a 10-mm gap of the rat sciatic nerve: 1) one made of PLGA in a novel proportion (90:10) of the two polymers poly(L-lactide):poly(glycolide); 2) another made of (DL-lactide-epsilon-caprolactone) copolyester (Neurolac) tube, by comparing its(More)
Silicon-substituted hydroxyapatite (Si-HA) coatings have been plasma sprayed over titanium substrates (Ti-6Al-4V) aiming to improve the bioactivity of the constructs for bone tissue repair/regeneration. X-ray diffraction analysis of the coatings has shown that, previous to the thermal deposition, no secondary phases were formed due to the incorporation of(More)
Chitosan-silicate hybrids were synthesized using gamma-glycidoxypropyltrimethoxysilane (GPSM) as the agent for cross-linking the chitosan chains. CaCl2 was introduced in the hybrids in expectation that it would improve cell adhesion and differentiation of the hybrid surfaces. Fourier-transform infrared (FT-IR) spectroscopy and 29Si CP-MAS NMR spectroscopy(More)