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Physicochemical characterization of protein aggregates is important on one hand, due to its large impact in understanding many diseases for which formation of protein aggregates is one of the pathological hallmarks. On the other hand, recently it has been observed that bacterial inclusion bodies (IBs) are also highly pure proteinaceous aggregates of a few(More)
Nanoscopic and uniform unilamellar vesicles, rich in cholesterol, have been prepared by a new procedure, named "DELOS-SUSP", which is based on the depressurization of a cholesterol solution in CO2-expanded acetone into an aqueous solution containing a surfactant. The CO2 is used here as a cosolvent medium, allowing the straightforward preparation of(More)
BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS Postoperative fistulae occur frequently in standard surgical practice, but there is no general agreement on how to treat them. We summarize here our experience with endoscopic treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS Postoperative digestive fistulae resistant to conservative treatment, in 15 patients, are retrospectively reviewed. Our(More)
Vesicular systems, especially liposomes, have generated a great deal of interest as intelligent materials for the delivery of bioactive molecules since they can be used as sensitive containers that respond to external stimuli, such as pressure, pH, temperature, or concentration changes in the medium, triggering modifications in their supramolecular(More)
Slow protein release from amyloidal materials is a molecular platform used by nature to control protein hormone secretion in the endocrine system. The molecular mechanics of the sustained protein release from amyloids remains essentially unexplored. Inclusion bodies (IBs) are natural amyloids that occur as discrete protein nanoparticles in recombinant(More)
Appropriate combinations of mechanical and biological stimuli are required to promote proper colonization of substrate materials in regenerative medicine. In this context, 3D scaffolds formed by compatible and biodegradable materials are under continuous development in an attempt to mimic the extracellular environment of mammalian cells. We have here(More)
To investigate, for the first time, the viability of compressed antisolvent methodologies for the preparation of drug-loaded particles of the biodegradable and bioadhesive polymer poly (methyl vinyl ether-co-maleic anhydride) (PVM/MA), utilizing gentamicin (Gm) as a model drug. Precipitation with a Compressed Antisolvent (PCA) method was used for the(More)
The chemical and mechanical properties of bacterial inclusion bodies, produced in different Escherichia coli genetic backgrounds, have been characterized at the nanoscale level. In regard to wild type, DnaK(-) and ClpA(-) strains produce inclusion bodies with distinguishable wettability, stiffness and stiffness distribution within the proteinaceous(More)
Gentamicin (GEN) is an aminoglycoside antibiotic with a potent antibacterial activity against a wide variety of bacteria. However, its poor cellular penetration limits its use in the treatment of infections caused by intracellular pathogens. One potential strategy to overcome this problem is the use of particulate carriers that can target the intracellular(More)
The structuring of synthetic and biological therapeutic actives as micro- and nano-particulate materials is a widely accepted formulation strategy to improve efficacy and reduce the toxicity of drugs. However, the development of efficient production platforms that enable the formulation of these nanomedicines at an industrial scale and with the quality(More)