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pH and glutathion (GSH)- responsive nanogels (NGs) based on poly-N-isopropylacrilamide (NIPA), N-hydroxyethyl acrylamide (HEAA) and tert-butyl 2-acrylamidoethyl carbamate (2AAECM) were synthesized by a microemulsion polymerization method using N, N'-cystaminebisacrylamide (CBA) as a crosslinking agent and evaluated for passive targeting of paclitaxel (PTX).(More)
Folate-targeted poly[(p-nitrophenyl acrylate)-co-(N-isopropylacrylamide)] nanohydrogel (F-SubMG) was loaded with 5-fluorouracil (5-FU) to obtain low (16.3 ± 1.9 μg 5-FU/mg F-SubMG) and high (46.8 ± 3.8 μg 5-FU/mg F-SubMG) load 5-FU-loaded F-SubMGs. The complete in vitro drug release took place in 8 h. The cytotoxicity of unloaded F-SubMGs in MCF7 and HeLa(More)
The interaction between cadmium and yeast hexokinase was studied. Cadmium produces changes in the aggregation state of the protein and large structures with a large molecular mass were formed. This phenomenon occurs without large modifications to the secondary structure. During this change the enzyme maintains a high level of activity in the monomer as well(More)
The effects of exposure to high doses of lead on reproduction and development have been established, but not so those caused by low lead doses or the influence that life stage at which contact with the metal takes place might have. The aim of this work was to study the effects of 200 and 400 ppm lead acetate in drinking water on reproduction and development(More)
Nanoparticles (NP) from mixtures of two poly(D,L-lactide-co-caprolactone) (PLC) copolymers, PLC 40/60 and PLC 86/14, with poly(D,L-lactide) (PDLLA) and PCL were prepared: PLC 40/60-PCL (25:75), PLC 86/14-PCL (75:25) and PLC 86/14-PLA (75:25). Tamoxifen was loaded with encapsulation efficiency between 65% and 75% (29.9-36.3 µg TMX/ mg NP). All selected(More)
A number of studies have reported that heavy metals are not only toxic for the organism but they may modulate immune responses. In the current study, the effect of 4-week administration of 200 ppm of PbAc2, using different routes of administration (orally and intraperitoneal injection), on lymphatic organs was evaluated. In the thymus, the number of(More)
The aim of this work was to test the application of copolymeric poly(acrylamide-co-monopropyl itaconate) (A-MPI) hydrogels on the release of 5-fluorouracil (5-FU). The equilibrium degree of swelling in saline solution was 83 +/- 2%. 5-FU, as the sodium salt, was trapped in gels by placing it in the polymerization feed mixture. The diffusion coefficients for(More)
Most antitumor drugs usually affect not only rapidly dividing cells, such as those in tumors, but also highly proliferative cells in normal tissues. This nonspecific drawback could be successfully solved by using nanocarriers as controlled drug delivery systems. In this work, pH and redox-responsive nanohydrogels (NG) based on N-isopropylacrilamide (NIPA),(More)
Structural variations of lysozyme as a consequence of its interaction with CdAc2, as well as the implications on the protein functionality have been studied. Variations in the conformation of the macromolecule are seen, however these changes are not reflected on the secondary structure. The interaction of the salt with the polypeptide chain is weak and(More)
Modifications in the enzyme activity of lysozyme, a protein implied in the defence barrier of the organism, can be a good biomarker of alterations in the immune system as a result of exposure to toxic metal, such as lead. The aim of this work was to evaluate the effect of a 200 ppm dose of lead on lysozyme activity in blood, kidney, and lung, and also on(More)