Roberto Nicolete

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Biodegradable micro/nanoparticles generated from PLGA have recently attracted attention due to their clinically proven biocompatibility, especially for immunization purposes. These polymeric particulate delivery systems are able to present antigens and activate both humoral and cellular responses. Many studies have discussed the ideal size of these(More)
Among the options for treatment of diseases affecting the respiratory system, especially asthma, drug delivering systems for intranasal application represent an important therapeutic approach at the site of inflammation. The present study aimed to evaluate the therapeutic effect of biodegradable microparticles formed by poly lactic-co-glycolic acid (PLGA)(More)
Prostaglandins act as mediators of inflammation and, similar to cytokines, function as immune modulators during innate and adaptive immune responses. Therefore, using a pharmacological inhibitor, celecoxib, we investigated the role of prostaglandins in host defense against Histoplasma capsulatum infection in C57BL/6 mice. Our results showed that treatment(More)
In the last decades, the incidence of histoplasmosis, a pulmonary fungal disease caused by Histoplasma capsulatum, has increased worldwide. In this context, vaccines for the prevention of this infection or therapies are necessary. Cell-free antigens (CFAgs) from H. capsulatum when administered for murine immunization purposes are able to confer protection(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS To evaluate antileishmanial activity of crotamine, a toxin isolated from Crotalus durissus terrificus, in solution form and encapsulated in biodegradable microparticles in vitro. METHODS Particles were analyzed on-chip by surface plasmon resonance and characterized by testing their diameters, zeta potential and encapsulation rate. The(More)
Histoplasma capsulatum is a dimorphic pathogenic fungus that causes a wide spectrum of disease when mycelial fragments are inhaled. Resistance to H. capsulatum is dependent on cellular immunity mediated by T cells and macrophages. Here we standardized the production of extracts containing cell-free antigens (CFAgs) and observed their efficacy in evaluating(More)
The retrovirus human T lymphotropic virus type 1 (HTLV-1) promotes spastic paraparesis, adult T cell leukaemia and other diseases. Recently, some human microRNAs (miRNAs) have been described as important factors in host-virus interactions. This study compared miRNA expression in control individuals, asymptomatic HTLV-1 carriers and HTLV-1 associated(More)
Leishmania amazonensis causes human diseases that range from self-healing to diffusion cutaneous lesions. The chemotherapy of leishmaniasis requires long-term treatment and has been based on the use of pentavalent antimonials. Liposomes have been used as antileishmanial drug carries and have adjuvant activity in vaccines against several microorganisms,(More)
The Micrurus genus is the American representative of Elapidae family. Micrurus spixii is endemic of South America and northern states of Brazil. Elapidic venoms contain neurotoxins that promote curare-mimetic neuromuscular blockage. In this study, biochemical and functional characterizations of M. spixii crude venom were performed and a new neurotoxic(More)
Histoplasmosis is a pulmonary disease characterised by chronic granulomatous and suppurative inflammatory reactions caused by Histoplasma capsulatum. Regarding new therapies to control fungal infections, the aim of this study was to investigate whether pulmonary administration of leukotriene B(4) (LTB(4))-loaded microspheres (MS) could confer protection to(More)