Patricia López-Gasco

Complutense University of Madrid, Madrid, Madrid, Spain

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    ABSTRACT: Cholesterolemia is associated with pro-oxidative and proinflammatory effects. Glucomannan- or glucomannan plus spirulina-enriched surimis were included in cholesterol-enriched high-saturated diets to test the effects on lipemia; antioxidant status (glutathione status, and antioxidant enzymatic levels, expressions and activities); and inflammation biomarkers (endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS), inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-α)) in Zucker fa/fa rats. Groups of eight rats each received diet containing squid-surimi (C), squid-surimi cholesterol-enriched diet (HC), glucomannan-squid-surimi cholesterol-enriched diet (HG), or glucomannan-spirulina-squid-surimi cholesterol-enriched diet (HGS) over a period of 7 weeks. HC diet induced severe hyperlipemia, hepatomegalia, increased inflammation markers, and impaired antioxidant status significantly (at least p < 0.05) vs. C diet. HG diet decreased lipemia and liver size and normalized antioxidant status to C group levels, but increased TNF-α with respect to HC diet (p < 0.05). In general terms, 3 g/kg of spirulina in diet maintained the positive results observed in the HG diet but, in addition, increased inflammation index [eNOS/(eNOS + iNOS)] and decreased plasma TNF-α (both p < 0.05). In conclusion, glucomannan plus a small amount of spirulina blocks negative effects promoted by hypercholesterolemic diets. Although more studies are needed, present results suggest the utility of including glucomannan and/or spirulina as functional ingredients into fish derivates to be consumed by people on metabolic syndrome risk.
    Journal of physiology and biochemistry 08/2015; DOI:10.1007/s13105-015-0425-9 · 1.97 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The effect of high-fat squid-surimi diets enriched in glucomannan or glucomannan–spirulina on lipemia, liver glutathione status, antioxidant enzymes and inflammation biomarkers was determined in Zucker Fa/Fa rats. Groups of eight rats each received for 7 weeks the squid-surimi control (C), glucomannan-enriched squid-surimi (G) and glucomannan–spirulina enriched squid-surimi (GS). Liver weight, cytochrome P450 7A1 expression and cholesterolemia were decreased in G and GS vs. C, improving glutathione red-ox index (p < 0.05). G also showed increased glutathione reductase (GR) levels vs. C, but reduced the endothelial (eNOS) and increased the inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS) and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α) levels (p < 0.05). The GS diet improved superoxide dismutase, catalase, glutathione peroxidase and GR activities and eNOS, iNOS and TNF-α levels (p < 0.05). The glucomannan enriched surimi-diet induced hypocholesterolemic, antioxidant and proinflammatory effects, while the addition of 3 g/kg spirulina kept those hypocholesterolemic and antioxidant effects but reduced the inflammation observed.
    Food Chemistry 09/2014; 159:215–221. DOI:10.1016/j.foodchem.2014.03.015 · 3.39 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Paclitaxel, an antimicrotubular agent used in the treatment of ovarian and breast cancer, was encapsulated in nanoparticles of poly(DL-lactide-co-glycolide) and poly(ε-caprolactone) polymers using the double emulsion-solvent evaporation technique. The morphology, size distribution, drug encapsulation efficiency, thermal degradation and in-vitro drug release profile were characterized. High-performance liquid chromatography was used to determine the drug encapsulation efficiency and in-vitro drug release profile. MCF-7 breast cancer cells were used to evaluate the cytotoxicity (MTT assay), the cellular uptake and the cell cycle. The particle size was in the range of 200-400 nm. Poly(lactide-co-glycolide) nanoparticles showed more effective cellular uptake compared with those of poly(ε-caprolactone). Unloaded nanoparticles were found to be cytocompatible on MCF-7 cells and paclitaxel formulations showed efficacy in killing MCF-7 cells. Paclitaxel-loaded nanoparticles induced the release of the drug-blocking cells in the G2/M phase. Paclitaxel-loaded nanoparticles may be considered a promising drug delivery system in the evaluation of an in-vivo model.
    Anti-cancer drugs 06/2012; 23(9):947-58. DOI:10.1097/CAD.0b013e328355a6c6 · 1.78 Impact Factor
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    P López-Gasco · I Iglesias · J Benedí · R Lozano · J M Teijón · M D Blanco
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    ABSTRACT: Paclitaxel (PTX), an antimicrotubular agent used in the treatment of ovarian and breast cancer, was encapsulated in nanoparticles (NPs) of poly(lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) and poly(ε-caprolactone) (PCL) polymers using the spray-drying technique. Morphology, size distribution, drug encapsulation efficiency, thermal degradation and drug release were characterized. MCF7 cells were employed to evaluate the efficacy of the systems on cell cycle and cytotoxicity. The particle size was in the range 0.8-1 µm. The incorporation efficiency of PTX was more than 80% in all NPs obtained. In vitro drug release took place during 35 days, and drug release rates were in the order PCL > PLGA 50:50 > PLGA 75:25. Unloaded NPs showed to be cytocompatible at MCF7 cells. PTX-loaded NPs demonstrated the release of the drug block cells in the G2/M phase. All PTX-loaded formulations showed their efficacy in killing MCF7 cells, mainly PTX-loaded PLGA 50:50 and PLGA 75:25 that cause a decrease in cell viability lower than 20%.
    Journal of Microencapsulation 08/2011; 28(5):417-29. DOI:10.3109/02652048.2011.576785 · 1.59 Impact Factor