Marisa Costa Gaspar

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The aim of this work was the development of innovative levofloxacin-loaded swellable microspheres (MS) for the dry aerosol therapy of pulmonary chronicPseudomonas aeruginosainfections in Cystic Fibrosis patients. In a first step, a factorial design was applied to optimize formulations of chitosan-based MS with glutaraldehyde as crosslinker. After(More)
We have studied the antimicrobial action of metronidazole against Bacteroides fragilis and Escherichia coli both in pure cultures and in combination. Concentrations of metronidazole above the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) produced a marked bactericidal effect on B fragilis at six hours. E coli however showed only a slight and transitory decrease in(More)
BACKGROUND In this study, we have investigated the mechanisms involved in both the induction of suppressive anergy, the stability of the anergy induced, and the possible mechanisms by which the response of immunocompetent CD4+ T cells are suppressed. METHODS We used immobilized anti-CD3 monoclonal antibody (mAb) to induce anergy in T helper (Th) 1 and Th0(More)
A comparative pharmacokinetic study was conducted in rats after intratracheal aerosolization of levofloxacin, as a solution, as immediate-release chitosan microspheres or as sustained-release PLGA microspheres. A pharmacokinetic model was constructed to model levofloxacin concentrations both in plasma and in the lung epithelial lining fluid (ELF). The(More)
The present work is focused on the characterisation of the polyphenolic content of an Oxalis pes-caprae L. leaf extract and on the evaluation of its bioactivity with particular interest on its vascular activity and antioxidant potential. The polyphenolic content was characterised by HPLC-DAD and LC-MS/MS. The vascular activity was evaluated according to the(More)
Implication for health policy/practice/research/medical education: Some new treatment strategies may improve the health of Cystic Fibrosis patients. Novel pharmaceutical formulations such as microspheres would also be an interesting approach in this area. Copyright © 2013, Iranian Society of Pediatrics; Licensee Safnek Ltd. This is an Open Access article(More)