Augustin Cătălin Moţ

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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)
Allium schoenoprasum has antimicrobial and antifungal properties and is used to relieve pain from sunburn and sore throat. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effects of the extracts from A. schoenoprasum leaves. A 1:1 (w:v) extract was prepared by a modified Squibb repercolation method. The total phenolic content of 68.5±2 g(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)
Two new protocols for exploring antioxidant-related chemical composition and reactivity are described: one based on a chronometric variation of a haemoglobin ascorbate peroxidase assay and one based on cytochrome c-induced oxidation of lecithin liposomes. Detailed accounts are given on their design, application, critical correlations with established(More)
We report on the factors affecting the production of the newly characterized laccase from the phytopathogenic fungus Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary. The carbon/nitrogen ratio appears to be of great importance. Rather than a simple nutrient-rich nitrogen source, yeast extract (YE) behaves as a true laccase upregulator, apparently acting via a stress(More)
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)
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)
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)
Hemerythrin is proposed as an alternative to hemoglobin-based blood substitutes. In contrast to hemoglobin, hemerythrin exhibits negligible reactivity towards oxidative and nitrosative stress agents (peroxide, nitric oxide, nitrite). Protocols for attachment of polyethylene glycol and glutaraldehyde cross-linking of Hr are described. These derivatizations(More)