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Cigarette smoke-exposure promotes neurobiological changes associated with neurocognitive abnormalities. Curcumin, a natural polyphenol, have shown to be able to prevent cigarette smoke-induced cognitive impairment. Here, we investigated possible mechanisms involved in curcumin protection against cigarette smoke-induced cognitive impairment and, due to its(More)
In this work, a promising approach to increase the advantageous properties of melatonin through its encapsulation into lipid-core nanocapsules (LNC) was examined. Oocytes were treated during in vitro maturation with non-encapsulated melatonin (Mel), melatonin-loaded lipid-core nanocapsules (Mel-LNC), and unloaded LNC. Cytotoxicity, meiotic maturation rate,(More)
In this study, we developed curcumin-loaded lipid-core nanocapsules (C-LNCs) in an attempt to improve the antiglioma activity of this polyphenol. C-LNC showed nanotechnological properties such as nanometric mean size (196 nm), 100% encapsulation efficiency, polydispersity index below 0.1, and negative zeta potential. The in vitro release assays demonstrated(More)
This work reports the preparation of dexamethasone in nanoparticle-coated microparticles and the study of the influence of such microencapsulation on drug absorption across Caco-2 cell monolayers. Nanoparticle-coated microparticles were prepared by spray-drying using nanocapsules (NC) or nanospheres (NS) in aqueous suspensions as coating material. Drug(More)
Haloperidol is an antipsychotic drug associated with the development of movement disorders. We evaluated the effect of its nanoencapsulation on its pharmacological activity and motor side effects. Haloperidol-loaded polysorbate-coated nanocapsules (H-NC) showed nanometric size, negative zeta potential and low polydispersity indices and high encapsulation(More)
Resveratrol and curcumin are natural antioxidants found in the human diet that have been used in the prevention and treatment of different diseases associated with oxidative stress. Aiming to improve the antioxidant effects of resveratrol and curcumin, lipid-core nanocapsules containing the combination of both polyphenols were developed. Physicochemical(More)
Ilex paraguariensis is used in Brazil as a stimulating beverage called "mate". Leaves and immature fruit extracts of Ilex paraguariensis were evaluated for their radical scavenging capacity, total methylxanthine and polyphenol contents. Antimicrobial activity of two enriched saponin fractions obtained from the fruits were also evaluated. The radical(More)
Haloperidol is the most widely used antipsychotic drug in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Despite its satisfactory therapeutic effect, its chronic use is related to severe motor side effects. Here, we investigate the incidence of motor side effects of haloperidol-loaded nanocapsules when compared to free haloperidol and the relation with oxidative(More)
Liposomal dry powders of N-acetylcysteine (SD-NAC-Lip) were developed for pulmonary administration. Liposomes were prepared by reverse phase evaporation and spray dried using lactose (10%, w/w) as drying adjuvant. The powders were characterized according to process yield, drug content, residual water content, particle size distribution, morphology and(More)
The aims of this work were to increase the photostability and to reduce the skin permeation of tretinoin through nanoencapsulation. Tretinoin is widely used in the topical treatment of various dermatological diseases such as acne, psoriasis, skin cancer, and photoaging. Tretinoin-loaded lipid-core polymeric nanocapsules were prepared by interfacial(More)