Rui Oliveira Macêdo

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Infections caused by protozoa of the genus Leishmania are a major worldwide health problem, with high endemicity in developing countries. The incidence of the disease has increased since the emergence of AIDS. In the absence of a vaccine, there is an urgent need for effective drugs to replace/supplement those in current use. The plant kingdom is undoubtedly(More)
The traditional use of essential oils in aromatherapy has offered numerous health benefits. However, few scientific studies have been conducted with these oils to confirm their therapeutic efficacy. (+)-Limonene is a chemical constituent of various bioactive essential oils. The present study reports on the anxiolytic-like effects of (+)-limonene in an(More)
Dental caries is the most prevalent oral disease that affects a significant part of the world population, especially in less developed countries. It is universally accepted that the dental caries is a chronic and multifactorial disease [1-3]. The permanence of the bacterial plaque on the tooth surface will lead to loss of minerals constituents of the dental(More)
A limited number of studies with application of the Arrhenius equation have been reported to drugs and biopharmaceuticals in biological fluids at frozen temperatures. This paper describes stability studies of ampicillin and cephalexin in aqueous solution and human plasma applying the Arrhenius law for determination of adequate temperature and time of(More)
In recent years, thermal analysis has assumed major role in the pharmaceutical industry because it can be used to evaluate the stability both in the control of raw materials and the finished product, having employment potential in the development and characterization of new products and assessment processes. Tacrolimus (TCR) is a macrolide lactone with(More)
This study aimed to evaluate the cytotoxicity and bactericidal properties of four silver nanoparticle (AgNP) colloids and their ability to inhibit Streptococcus mutans biofilm formation on dental enamel. The cytotoxicity of AgNPs was evaluated based on signs of vascular change on the chorioallantoic membrane using the hen's egg test (HET-CAM). Bactericidal(More)
This work aimed the studies of physicochemical characterization, thermal stability, and compatibility of benznidazole (BNZ) drug by spectroscopy (NMR, IR), thermoanalytical (differential thermal analysis, differential scanning calorimetry, and thermogravimetry), and chromatographic (HPLC) techniques, beyond the analytical tools of Van’t Hoff equation and(More)
Microbiological processes were used for chitin and chitosan production with Cunninghamella elegans UCP/WFCC 0542 grown in different concentrations of two agro-industrial wastes, corn steep liquor (CSL) and cassava wastewater (CW) established using a 2² full factorial design. The polysaccharides were extracted by alkali-acid treatment and characterized by(More)
Momordica charantia is a species cultivated throughout the world and widely used in folk medicine, and its medicinal benefits are well documented, especially its pharmacological properties, including antimicrobial activities. Analytical methods have been used to aid in the characterization of compounds derived from plant drug extracts and their products.(More)
The usefulness of pyrolysis coupled to gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (Py-GC/MS) to evaluate the identity and reproducibility of different brands and batches of commercially available samples of Cymbopogon citratus Stapf (sold as tea) was investigated. Samples of the vegetable material were extracted using hexane and the extract was pyrolysed at 450(More)