Valeria Heredia

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We demonstrate herein that taxanes (paclitaxel (Ptx) and docetaxel (Dtx)) can be spontaneously loaded into ganglioside nanomicelles. The efficiency of gangliosides to solubilize taxanes was highly dependent on their self-aggregating structure. Thus, GM3 that forms unilamellar vesicles was less efficient to solubilize taxanes than gangliosides that form(More)
High temperature vulcanizing silicone elastomers have been widely used in controlled delivery systems of steroid hormones with the aim of controlling estrous cycle in livestock. This paper reports experiments conducted to evaluate the possibility of using room temperature vulcanizing (RTV) silicone elastomers for the intravaginal administration of(More)
An American cutaneous leishmaniasis outbreak, with cases clustering during 1993 in Tartagal city, Salta, was reported. The outbreak involved 102 individuals, 43.1% of them with multiple ulcers. Age (mean: 33 years old) and sex distribution of cases (74.5% males), as well as working activity (70 forest-related), support the hypothesis of classical forest(More)
In many regions of South America there are overlapping endemic areas for American Trypanosomiasis (Chagas' disease) and Leishmaniasis. T. cruzi and Leishmania spp, the causative agents of these parasitoses belong to the Trypanosomatidae family and share various antigens that cause cross-reactivity in serological diagnosis when complex antigenic mixtures are(More)
Efficiency of mono-sialogangliosides to load Paclitaxel (Ptx) has recently been found to depend on the structure of the polysaccharide chain. In this study, we demonstrated that incorporation of only one more sialic acid into the ganglioside molecule, independently of its position, causes a 4-fold increase in Ptx-loading capacity, the maximum being at a 5:1(More)
Doxorubicin (Dox) is an anthracycline anticancer drug with high water solubility, whose use is limited primarily due to significant side effects. In this study it is shown that Dox interacts with monosialoglycosphingolipid (GM1) ganglioside micelles primarily through hydrophobic interactions independent of pH and ionic strength. In addition, Dox can be(More)
Progesterone is a natural steroid hormone and a poor soluble drug which presents two polymorphs (forms 1 and 2). Different methods to obtain form 2 were tested and a complete solid-state characterization of both polymorphs (forms 1 and 2) was conducted. X-ray powder diffraction, hot stage microscopy, Fourier transform infrared, dispersive Raman, (13)C(More)
Molecular interactions between the anti-cancer agent Paclitaxel (Ptx), and two gangliosides with different sialic acid content, GM1 and GD1a, were investigated using the Langmuir film balance technique. Ptx showed interfacial activity reducing the air/water surface tension by 18 mN·m(-1). However, the drug was able to insert into preformed ganglioside(More)
Latex, a polyisoprene (PI) hydrophobic elastomer, was evaluated in vitro and in vivo as a matrix for intravaginal steroid hormone delivery. Matrices containing hormone were prepared by swelling latex in chloroform that contained soluble progesterone (P4). In vitro studies demonstrate that P4 release from PI follows a zero order model during at least 100 h(More)
In this work a thorough characterization of the GM1 micelle-Amphotericin B (AmB) interaction was performed. The micelle formation as well as the drug loading occurs spontaneously, although influenced by the physicochemical conditions, pH and temperature. The chromatographic profile of GM1-AmB complexes at different molar ratios shows the existence of two(More)
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