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Plant tissue growth can be regulated and controlled via culture media composition. A number of different laborious and time-consuming approaches have been used to attempt development of optimized media for a wide range of species and applications. However, plant tissue culture is a very complex task, and the identification of the influences of process(More)
In this work, we compared the unique artificial neural networks (ANNs) technology with the usual statistical analysis to establish its utility as an alternative methodology in plant research. For this purpose, we selected a simple in vitro proliferation experiment with the aim of evaluating the effects of light intensity and sucrose concentration on the(More)
The purpose of this research was to explore the utility of beta cyclodextrin (betaCD) and beta cyclodextrin derivatives (hydroxypropyl-beta-cyclodextrin [HPbetaCD], sulfobutylether-beta-CD [SBbetaCD], and a randomly methylated-beta-CD [RMbetaCD]) to form inclusion complexes with the antitumoral drug, beta-lapachone (betaLAP), in order to overcome the(More)
Establishing optimized protocols for micropropagation of some economical plants, such as Prunus sp., is still one of the most important challenges for in vitro plant culture researchers. As an example, micropropagation of GF677 hybrid rootstocks (peach × almond) are extremely dependent on the medium ingredients and a large undesirable proportion of GF677(More)
Forty-one assays were analysed at the 3rd International Workshop on the standardisation of islet cell antibodies. Analysis of precision demonstrated assays consistently detecting blind duplicates within one doubling dilution and capable of discriminating one doubling dilution differences in islet cell antibody concentration. Some assays, however, reported(More)
beta-Lapachone [betaLAP] is a novel antitumor drug, which was recently on clinical trials with promising preliminary results. Problems derived from its low water solubility, its instability in solution and its high therapeutic dose constitute some challenges for pharmaceutical researchers. The purpose of the present work is to enhance the limited(More)
This study has investigated the utility and potential advantages of an artificial intelligence technology - neurofuzzy logic - as a modeling tool to study direct compression formulations. The modeling performance was compare with traditional statistical analysis. From results it can be stated that the normalized error obtained from neurofuzzy logic was(More)
The objective of the present study was to evaluate the compatibility of the beta-lapachone (betaLAP), an antitumoral drug in clinical phase, with pharmaceutical excipients of common use including diluents, binders, disintegrants, lubricants and solubilising agents. Differential scanning calorimetry (DSC) was used for a first screening to find small(More)
Konjac glucomannan (KGM) is a neutral polysaccharide with interesting properties as gelling agent and thickener. Its peculiar biodegradability, being not degradable in the small intestine but degradable by the anaerobic human intestinal bacteria, turn it into a promising candidate for colonic drug delivery systems. In this study aqueous systems (0.5%, w/v,)(More)