Rui R. Costa

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Nanostructured three-dimensional constructs combining layer-by-layer technology (LbL) and template leaching were processed and evaluated as possible support structures for cartilage tissue engineering. Multilayered constructs were formed by depositing the polyelectrolytes chitosan (CHT) and chondroitin sulphate (CS) on either bidimensional glass surfaces or(More)
Inspired by the cells' structure, we present compartmentalized capsules with temperature and magnetic-based responsiveness and hierarchical organization ranging from the nano- to the visible scales. Liquefied alginate macroscopic beads coated with a layer-by-layer (LbL) chitosan/alginate shell served as containers both for model fluorophores and(More)
Oceans are a vast source of natural substances. In them, we find various compounds with wide biotechnological and biomedical applicabilities. The exploitation of the sea as a renewable source of biocompounds can have a positive impact on the development of new systems and devices for biomedical applications. Marine polysaccharides are among the most(More)
Layer-by-layer (LbL) was first introduced as a surface modification technique based on the sequential spontaneous adsorption of at least two distinct materials onto planar substrates. In the last two decades, this technique has been expanded to the coating of more convoluted geometries with high levels of tailored functionalization or with structural(More)
In this work, biomimetic smart thin coatings using chitosan and a recombinant elastin-like recombinamer (ELR) containing the cell attachment sequence arginine-glycine-(aspartic acid) (RGD) are fabricated through a layer-by-layer approach. The synthetic polymer is characterized for its molecular mass and composition using mass spectroscopy and peptide(More)
The pharmaceutical industry has been able to tackle the emergence of new microorganisms and diseases by synthesizing new specialized drugs to counter them. Their administration must ensure that a drug is effectively encapsulated and protected until it reaches its target, and that it is released in a controlled way. Herein, the potential of layer-by-layer(More)
Multilayered microcapsules of chitosan and biomimetic elastin-like recombinamers (ELRs) were prepared envisaging the intracellular delivery of active agents. Two ELRs containing either a bioactive RGD sequence or a scrambled non-functional RDG were used to construct two types of functionalized polymeric microcapsules, both of spherical shape ∼4μm in(More)
UNLABELLED Multilayer capsules conceived at the nano- and microscales are receiving increasing interest due to their potential role as carriers of biomolecules for drug delivery and tissue engineering. Herein we report the construction of microcapsules by the sequential adsorption of chitosan and a biomimetic elastin-like recombinamer into nanostructured(More)
Nanostructured films consisting of polysaccharides and elastin-like recombinamers (ELRs) are fabricated in a layer-by-layer manner. A quartz-crystal microbalance with dissipation monitoring (QCM-D) is used to follow the buildup of hybrid films containing one polysaccharide (chitosan or alginate) and one of several ELRs that differ in terms of amino acid(More)
The lack of knowledge on the degradation of layer-by-layer structures is one of the causes hindering its translation to preclinical assays. The enzymatic degradation of chitosan/hyaluronic acid films in the form of ultrathin films, freestanding membranes, and microcapsules was studied resorting to hyaluronidase. The reduction of the thickness of ultrathin(More)