Patricia Silveira Martins

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Gluthathione (GSH) has been previously shown to promote the reduction of pentavalent antimony (Sb(V)) into the more toxic trivalent antimony (Sb(III)) in the antimonial drug, meglumine antimonate. However, this reaction occurred at acidic pH (pH 5) but not at the pH of the cytosol (pH 7.2) in which GSH is encountered. The aim of the present study was to(More)
The chemical structures of the pentavalent antimonial drugs, meglumine antimonate (MA) and sodium stibogluconate (SSG), were re-evaluated using electrospray ionization mass spectrometry (ESI-MS) and osmolarity measurements. Both MA and SSG were found to contain 1:1, 1:2, 2:2 and 2:3 Sb(V)-ligand complexes. ESI-MS analysis of MA showed negatively-charged 1:1(More)
It has been previously reported that beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) enhances the oral absorption of the pentavalent antimony (Sb) drug, meglumine antimoniate (MA). Contrary to the drugs commonly used in association with beta-CD, MA is highly soluble in water (solubility >300 mg/mL) and, therefore, the mode of action of beta-CD in this system requires(More)
The composition comprising the highly water-soluble drug meglumine antimoniate (MA) and beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) was shown previously to enhance the absorption of Sb by oral route and render MA orally active in a murine model of cutaneous leishmaniasis. This unexpected behaviour was attributed, in part, to the fact that the heating of equimolar mixture(More)
Biosimilars are new and more affordable similar versions of previously approved reference biological drugs. Following the approval of the first monoclonal antibody biosimilar in 2013, the Portuguese Society of Rheumatology issued a position paper on the use of biosimilars in rheumatic conditions covering efficacy, safety, extrapolation, interchangeability,(More)
The orally active composition comprising meglumine antimoniate (MA) and beta-cyclodextrin (beta-CD) differs markedly from conventional drug-CD complexes, since it combines a water-soluble drug and a hydrophilic CD. In order to obtain insights into the mechanism(s) responsible for the improved oral delivery of the drug, physicochemical and pharmacokinetic(More)
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