Nelson Duran

Nelson Duran
University of Campinas | UNICAMP · Institute of Chemistry

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In the last decade, emerging evidence has shown that low molecular weight protein tyrosine phosphatase (LMWPTP) not only contributes to the progression of cancer but is associated with prostate low survival rate and colorectal cancer metastasis. We report that LMWPTP favors the glycolytic profile in some tumors. Therefore, the focus of the present...
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Diabetic foot ulcer is a severe Diabetic Mellitus-associated complication. It is induced by poor glycemic control, which leads to peripheral neuropathy and vascular diseases. Platelet-rich plasma could be beneficial for healing processes due to its active biomolecules that promotes immunomodulation, angiogenesis, cell proliferation and analgesia.
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Background Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by a novel coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It is known that host microRNAs (miRNAs) can be modulated to favor viral infection or to protect the host. Herein, we report preliminary results of a study aiming at identifying differentially expressed plas...
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Violacein (Viol) is a bacterial purple water-insoluble pigment synthesized by Chromobacterium violaceum and other microorganisms that display many beneficial therapeutic properties including anticancer activity. Viol was produced, purified in our laboratory, and encapsulated in a nanostructured lipid carrier (NLC). The NLC is composed of the solid...
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Violacein is a secondary metabolite produced by several microorganisms including Chromobacterium violaceum, and it is already used in food and cosmetics. However, due to its potent anticancer and low side effects, its molecular action needs to be deeply scrutinized. Therefore, the main objective of this study was to evaluate the violacein's ability...
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e17560 Background: Ovarian cancer (OC) ranks fifth among cancer deaths in women and remains the deadliest of all gynecological cancers. OncoTherad is a nanostructured complex developed by University of Campinas/Brazil, which exhibits immunomodulatory and antitumor properties. Erythropoietin (EPO) can exert non-hematopoietic functions and the associ...
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Violacein is an important natural antimicrobial pigment that is mainly produced by Chromobacterium violaceum and Janthinobacterium lividum. It presents a significant range of effects against phytopathogenic and human fungi, besides being featured as having low toxicity, and by its important ecological role in protecting amphibian species and applic...
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Pigments are among the most fascinating molecules found in nature and used by human civilizations since the prehistoric ages. Although most of the bio-dyes reported in the literature were discovered around the eighties, the necessity to explore novel compounds for new biological applications has made them resurface as potential alternatives. Prodig...
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Multidrug-resistant bacteria have become a public health problem worldwide, reducing treatment options against several pathogens. If we do not act against this problem, it is estimated that by 2050 superbugs will kill more people than the current COVID-19 pandemic. Among solutions to combat antibacterial resistance, there is increasing demand for n...
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This work describes the effects of immunotherapy with Protein Aggregate Magnesium-Ammonium Phospholinoleate-Palmitoleate Anhydride in the treatment of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer in an animal model. NMIBC was induced by treating female Fischer 344 rats with N-methyl-N-nitrosourea. After treatment with MNU, the rats were distributed into four...
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This study evaluated the effects of combined OncoTherad immunotherapy and probiotic supplementation on colorectal carcinogenesis chemically induced with 1,2-dimethylhydrazine (DMH) in mice. The animals were randomly allocated in five groups: Control, DMH: did not receive any treatment; DMH + OncoTherad: received weekly I.P. (intraperitoneal) dose o...
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The new modalities for treating patients with high-grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (HGNMIBC) for whom Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) has failed or is contraindicated are recently increasing due to the development of new drugs. Since NMIBC is sensitive to immunotherapy, Toll-like receptors (TLRs) agonist compounds may represent a potential...
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Accumulation of toxic contaminants and heavy metals in the environment is among the major problems causing pollution. They cause contamination of air, soil, and water. It ultimately leads to the development of hazardous effects on the humans and other organisms. They are quite difficult to recover from the environment. Traditionally those pollutant...
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This work describes the effects of immunotherapy with Protein Aggregate Magnesium-Ammonium Phospholinoleate-Palmitoleate Anhydride (P-MAPA) in the treatment of non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) in an animal model. NMIBC was induced by treating female Fischer 344 rats with N - methyl-N-nitrosourea (MNU). After treatment with MNU, the rats w...
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The aim of the current review is to address updated research on a natural pigment called violacein, with emphasis on its production, biological activity and applications. New information about violacein’s action mechanisms as antitumor agent and about its synergistic action in drug delivery systems has brought new alternatives for anticancer therap...
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Candida auris, which is one of the causative agents of candidiasis, has been detected in several individuals with immune deficiency worldwide, mainly in different American countries, since 2012. C. auris infections are at risk of becoming epidemic because this species shows multi-drug resistance to several antifungal drugs available in the market;...
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Unfortunately, Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) remains a significant public health issue worldwide, mainly in the USA, India and Brazil. The 2nd wave of COVID-19 has reached India first. The country has been making great effort to stabilize its current condition but, unfortunately, mucormycosis infection (or black fungus) associated with COVID-...
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Background: Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is caused by a novel coronavirus, severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). It is known that host microRNAs (miRNAs) can be modulated to favor viral infection or to protect the host. Objective: The aim of this study was to identify differentially expressed circulating miRNAs in Bra...
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Nanotechnology has been extensively studied for application in the pharmaceutical area. Nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) are safe lipid nanoparticles that improve the performance of cosmetic products due to their high superficial area. The NLC were produced with the solid lipids, cupuaçu and lanolin, and the liquid lipid, buriti. The production...
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The new modalities for treating patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) for whom Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) has failed or is contraindicated are recently increasing due to the development of new drugs. In this scenario, a new perspective is represented by OncoTherad nano-immunotherapy. We carried out a prospective, single-cente...
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In a severe COVID-19 patient case (78-year old male) that was under active immunotherapy for high-grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer was followed. He received a shorter hospitalization period, as hypothesis it was suggested that active immunotherapy played a crucial role together to anti-inflammatory and antiviral treatment in precluding the...
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Violacein, a microbial product was characterized after continuous attempts to feature it, based on degradation and synthesis procedures, at the University of Liverpool (England), from 1958 to 1960 and only at 2001 was chemically synthesized. It is a quite known antimicrobial and antiviral natural product. New attempts to solve the infection caused...
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As the current COVID-19 pandemic progresses, more symptoms and signals related to how the disease manifests in the human body arise in the literature. Skin lesions and coagulopathies may be confounding factors on routine care and patient management. We analyzed the metabolic and lipidic profile of the skin from COVID-19 patients using imprints in s...
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The anticancer potential of monoamine oxidase (MAO) was observed in pre-clinical assays conducted with cell cultures and animals. L-Deprenyl (DEP) causes apoptosis in melanoma, leukemia and mammary cells. High-dose DEP has shown toxicity in mammary and pituitary cancers, as well as in monoblastic leukemia, in rats. DEP accounts for immune-stimulant...
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The development of versatile carriers to deliver chemotherapeutic agents to specific targets with establishing drug release kinetics and minimum undesirable side effects is becoming a promising relevant tool in the medical field. Magnetic hybrid nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) were prepared by incorporation of 1,8-cineole (CN, a monoterpene wit...
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461 Background: Effective intravesical therapies remain lacking for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) when Bacillus Calmette-Guerin fails. OncoTherad is a nanostructured inorganic phosphate complex associated with glycosidic protein, developed by the University of Campinas/Brazil, which triggers immunomodulatory and antitumor activities. P...
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462 Background: The activity of the receptor activator of nuclear factor-kβ RANK/RANKL in cancer cells has been correlated with tumor progression and poor prognosis in solid tumors including bladder cancer. Regulatory T cells (Tregs), often identified by FOXP3 biomarker, suppress the anti-tumor response and allow immune tolerance through suppressio...
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COVID-19 is still placing a heavy health and financial burden worldwide. Impairment in patient screening and risk management plays a fundamental role on how governments and authorities are directing resources, planning reopening, as well as sanitary countermeasures, especially in regions where poverty is a major component in the equation. An effici...
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Background This review outlines to envisage the current impact of violacein-derivative materials in several technological areas through patents. Methods A comprehensive examination up to day patent databases on violacein demonstrated the relevance of this pigment, as well as the pertinent topics related to its technological development in order to...
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Trypanosomatid-caused conditions (African trypanosomiasis, Chagas disease, and leishmaniasis) are neglected tropical infectious diseases that mainly affect socioeconomically vulnerable populations. The available therapeutics display substantial limitations, among them limited efficacy, safety issues, drug resistance, and, in some cases, inconvenien...
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Hesperidin, a secondary orange (Citrus sinensis) metabolite, was extracted from orange bagasse. No organic solvents or additional energy consumption were used in the clean and sustainable process. Hesperidin purity was approximately 98% and had a yield of 1%. Hesperidin is a known supplement due to antioxidant, chelating, and anti-ageing properties...
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Violacein (Viol) is a pigment produced by several Gram-negative bacteria with many bioactivities, such as anticancer, virucide, and antiparasitic. However, violacein is insoluble under physiological conditions preventing its potential therapeutic uses. Surface-active ionic liquids (SAILs) based on the cation 1-alkylimidazolium ([CnHim]) with n = 10...
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Introduction This study characterized and compared cellular energetic metabolism features in the treatment of chemically induced non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) in Fischer 344 rats that were submitted to intravesical immunotherapies with P-MAPA (Protein aggregate magnesium-ammonium phospholinoleate-palmitoleate anhydride) and Bacillus Ca...
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COVID-19 is still placing a heavy health and financial burden worldwide. Impairments in patient screening and risk management play a fundamental role on how governments and authorities are directing resources, planning reopening, as well as sanitary countermeasures, especially in regions where poverty is a major component in the equation. An effici...
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Since the outbreak of SARS CoV-2 infection (Covid-19), healthcare professionals worldwide have been trying to find disease management and control alternatives to encourage immunotherapies. Immunotherapy is an efficient therapeutic option used against comparable viral contaminations such as MERS-CoV and SARS-CoV. The aim of the current study is to a...
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The current review focuses on important aspects of pyroptosis, such as morphological features of inflammasomes, as well as on knowledge about coronavirus infection mechanisms and the association between SARS-CoV-2 infection and cell pyroptosis. The application of immunomodulation therapies to Covid-19 patients is the most promising treatment under...
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e17048 Background: Standard treatment for high-grade non-muscle-invasive bladder cancer (HGNMIBC) is transurethral resection of the bladder tumor followed by intravesical Bacillus Calmette-Guérin (BCG) immunotherapy. Up to 40% of patients with HGNMIBC will fail intravesical BCG therapy. A promising therapeutic perspective is represented by OncoTher...
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ladder cancer is the fifth most common disease in the United States, and the treatment and alternatives for patients have not changed in the last decades. Silver nanoparticles (AgNP) have been used in the treatment of various cancer, mainly because of the antineoplastic activity; however, their use and the molecular mechanisms towards bladder cance...
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Objectives: Reviewing information available about platelet-rich plasma (PRP) applied to dental treatments, introducing the general concept of PRP, as well as analyzing actual data about, and challenges faced by, the dental field. Data & sources: The current study analyzed the most informative publications about PRP application available in this fie...
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Platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) is an autologous human platelet concentrate extracted from plasma. PRP has been investigated in order to be used in many fields, with emphasis on the musculoskeletal field applied to sports injuries, as well as on other medical fields such as cardiac surgery, gynecology, pediatric surgery, urology, ophthalmology and plast...
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A 78-year old male patient under active immunotherapy for high-grade non-muscle invasive bladder cancer presented severe COVID-19. A shorter hospitalization period was observed, leading to the hypothesis of active immunotherapy (OncoTherad) crucial role in association to antiviral and anti-inflammatory treatment in preventing the evolution of pulmo...
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Objectives To examine the synergistic antibacterial activity of violacein and silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) against ATCC bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and two bacteria isolated from bovine mastitis. Methods Violacein from Chromobacterium violaceum and biogenic AgNPs from Fusarium oxysporum were evaluated in antimicrobial tests....
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Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a multifactorial syndrome that drives to uncontrollable cell division, genetic alterations, and functional alteration. In the present work, we evaluated the immunomodulatory properties of P-mapa, a compound extracted from Aspergillus oryzae fungus, versus Fluorouracil (5-FU) treatment in chemically induced CRC. CRC was in...
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Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) have attracted remarkable attention due to their powerful antimicrobial action as well as their particular physicochemical properties. This has led to their application in a wide variety of products with promising results. However, their interaction with the environment and toxicity in live terrestrial or aquatic organi...
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Huanglonbing, or citrus greening, is the most serious disease of citrus which cause large economic losses. One of the strategies to avoid the spread of the disease is the control of Diaphorina citri psyllid, its insect vector, by the application of insecticides. Development of nanoinsecticides, which are less harmful to the environment and more eff...
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This study reports the effects of a promising therapeutic option for non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) based on OncoTherad intravesical immunotherapy in an appropriated animal model. OncoTherad is a nanostructured inorganic phosphate complex associated to glycosidic protein, which exhibits immunomodulatory and antitumor properties. Biochem...
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Bladder cancer is the fifth most common form of malignancy in the United States, and for most of the last three decades, the treatment and outcomes for patients with this disease have not changed. Nanomedicine aims to provide the means to target chemotherapies directly and selectively to cancerous cells and enhance their therapeutic efficacy. In th...
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Flavonoids are a class of polyphenolic compounds that can be extracted from citrus fruits. Because of their features, they have been considered as new bullets in cancer therapy. Flavonoids present anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer properties and some studies are pointing that their higher intake involves lower risks of cancer. The nan...
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Bladder cancer (BC) comprehends around 2% of all spontaneously occurring cancers in dogs. BC treatment remains a challenge since recurrence and progression of the disease, as well as the pronounced side effects associated to the available therapeutic modalities are present. In this scenario, a new perspective is represented by OncoTherad nanostruct...
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In the global context of an imminent emergence of multidrug-resistant microorganisms, the present work combined the use of nanotechnology and the therapeutic benefits of natural compounds as a strategy to potentiate antimicrobial action of the wide-spectrum antibiotic Ofloxacin (Ofx). Hybrid solid lipid nanoparticles (SLN) were synthesized by incor...
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In this work, the effect of carbon nanotubes (CNT) on the biodegradability of poly(3‐hydroxybutyrate‐co‐3‐hydroxyvalerate) (PHBV) nanocomposites with 1 and 2% (w/w) of CNT has been evaluated by biodegradation assays in aqueous medium containing microorganisms extracted from garden soil. After biodegradation process, samples of PHBV and PHBV/CNT wer...
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In this work, the biosynthesis of silver nanoparticles by Galega officinalis extract using AgNO3 as a precursor was reported. The reaction parameters for the biosynthesis and efficiency in their antimicrobial control against Escherichia coli, Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas syringae were determined. For biosynthesis, a central composite desig...
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e16004 Background: The new modalities for treating patients with non-muscle invasive bladder cancer (NMIBC) for whom Bacillus Calmette-Guerin (BCG) has failed or is contraindicated are recently increasing due to the development of new drugs. In this scenario, a new perspective is represented by OncoTherad immunomodulator. OncoTherad is a nanostruct...