Augustin Cătălin Moţ

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Two flavo-diiron proteins (FDPs), FprA1 and FprA2, are up-regulated when the strictly anaerobic solvent producer, Clostridium acetobutylicum, is exposed to dioxygen. These two FDPs were purified following heterologous overexpression in Escherichia coli as N-terminal Strep-tag fusion proteins. The recombinant FprA1 and FprA2 were found to be homodimeric and(More)
Traditional remedies have a long-standing history in Cameroon and continue to provide useful and applicable tools for treating ailments. Here, the anticancer, antimicrobial and antioxidant activities of ten antioxidant-rich Cameroonian medicinal plants and of some of their isolated compounds are evaluated.The plant extracts were prepared by maceration in(More)
The aim of this work was to study the chemical composition, antioxidant and antibacterial properties of Achillea distans Waldst. et Kit. subsp. distans and Achillea distans Waldst. et Kit. subsp. alpina Rochel, from the Rodna Mountains (Romania). The identification and quantification of major phenolic compounds was performed by a HPLC-MS method. The total(More)
Two methods for the measurement of antioxidant capacity are described: one based on a chronometric variation of a hemoglobin ascorbate peroxidase assay and the other based on electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) spectra collected upon alkaline treatment of ethanolic samples. The involved chemical mechanisms are discussed, alongside the most important(More)
This study was designed to examine the in vitro antioxidant and antimicrobial activities and to characterize the polyphenolic composition of the ethanolic extracts of Hyssopus officinalis, Ocimum basilicum and Teucrium chamaedrys. Qualitative and quantitative analysis of the major phenolic compounds were conducted using high-performance liquid(More)
Laccase (p-diphenol:dioxygen oxidoreductase), one of the earliest discovered enzymes, contains four copper ions in two active sites and catalyzes a one-electron oxidation of substrates such as phenols and their derivatives, or aromatic amines, coupled to a four-electron reduction of dioxygen to water. The catalytic mechanism has been studied for decades but(More)
The nonheme peroxidase, rubrerythrin, shows the ability to reduce hydrogen peroxide to water without involving strongly oxidizing and free-radical-creating powerful oxidants such as compounds I and II [formally Fe(IV)] formed in peroxidases and catalases. Rubrerythrin could, therefore, be a useful ingredient in protein-based artificial oxygen carriers.(More)
Hemerythrin is a dioxygen-carrying protein whose oxidative/nitrosative stress-related reactivity is lower than that of hemoglobin, which may warrant investigation of hemerythrin as raw material for artificial oxygen carriers ('blood substitutes'). We report here the first biological tests for hemerythrin and its chemical derivatives, comparing their(More)
Reviewed here are recent attempts to produce protein-based artificial oxygen carriers ("blood substitutes"). Most of these involve chemical or physical modifications on hemoglobin, although a recent line of research using hemerythrin instead of hemoglobin is also described. The focus is set on the extent to which these modifications alter the redox(More)
The fingerprinting capacity of thin layer chromatography (TLC) and image analysis in the case of propolis samples collected in different area in Romania has been investigated. Fuzzy divisive hierarchical clustering approach was used as a powerful tool of samples discrimination and fingerprinting according to the geographical origin and local flora. The(More)