Maria Helena Raposo Fernandes

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This work analyses the proliferation/differentiation behaviour of human bone marrow cells cultured in alpha-minimum essential medium supplemented with 10% foetal bovine serum (standard medium) and in the presence of ascorbic acid (AA, 50 microg ml(-1)), beta-glycerophosphate (betaGP, 10 mmol) and dexamethasone (Dex, 10 nmol) under selected experimental(More)
Human gingival (HG), periodontal ligament (HPL) and alveolar bone (HAB) cells (first subculture) were cultured (10(4) cells/cm2) for 35 days in alpha-Minimal Essential Medium supplemented with 10% fetal bovine serum in the presence of (i) ascorbic acid (AA, 50 microg/mL), (ii) AA + beta-glycerophosphate (betaGP, 10 mM) and (iii) AA + betaGP + dexamethasone(More)
Smoking has an established negative impact in the clinical outcome of dental implants. This work analyses the response of human osteoblastic cells to nicotine, at the surface of plasma-sprayed commercial titanium implants. Human bone marrow (HBM) and Saos-2 cells, seeded on the surface of titanium implants and cultured in experimental conditions favoring(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)
Marine cyanobacteria have been considered a rich source of secondary metabolites with potential biotechnological applications, namely in the pharmacological field. Chemically diverse compounds were found to induce cytoxicity, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial activities. The potential of marine cyanobacteria as anticancer agents has however been the most(More)
1. Administration of cyclosporine A (CsA; 50 mg kg-1 day-1, s.c.) for 14 days produced an increase in both systolic (SBP) and diastolic (DBP) blood pressure by 60 and 25 mmHg, respectively. The urinary excretion of dopamine, DOPAC and HVA was reduced from day 5-6 of CsA administration onwards (dopamine from 19 to 46%, DOPAC from 16 to 48%; HVA from 18 to(More)
This work reports the behaviour of osteoblastic human alveolar bone cells (first subculture) in the presence of chorhexidine (CHX) and povidone–iodine (PI). Short contact (2 min) of 24-h cultures with CHX, at 0.12 and 0.2%, and PI, at 5 and 10%, caused cell death within minutes; contact with 1% PI resulted in loss of the elongated characteristic cell shape.(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the potential interaction/contribution of inductive and deleterious effects of tobacco compounds on human osteoblastic cells cultured on plasma-sprayed titanium implants exposed to combinations of nicotine, acrolein, and acetaldehyde. Cell response was assessed as proliferation and function. MATERIALS AND METHODS Titanium implants,(More)
Well-characterised human osteoblastic bone marrow cell cultures are a useful in vitro tool to analyse bone tissue/biomaterials interactions. In this work, human bone marrow was cultured in experimental conditions described to favour osteoblastic di!erentiation and, serially passaged cells were cultured in two widely used culture media, minimum essential(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this work was to analyse the behaviour of human bone marrow osteoblastic cells cultured on the surface of routinely used plasma-sprayed titanium implants in the presence of plasmatic and salivary nicotine levels reported in smokers. MATERIAL AND METHODS Human bone marrow cells (first subculture) were seeded on titanium implants and(More)