Daniel Dorta

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Cadmium is a very important environmental toxicant, the cytotoxicity mechanism of which is likely to involve mitochondria as a target. In the present study we addressed the cause/effect relationship between the multiple cadmium-induced responses involving the mitochondrial energetic and oxidative status. Assays were performed with succinate-energized rat(More)
The study addressed aspects of energetics of isolated rat liver mitochondria exposed to the flavonoids quercetin, taxifolin, catechin and galangin, taking into account influences of the 2,3 double bond/3-OH group and 4-oxo function on the C-ring, and o-di-OH on the B-ring of their structures, as well as mitochondrial mechanisms potentially involved in cell(More)
The aim of this work was to investigate the involvement of caspases in apoptosis induced by l-amino acid oxidase isolated from Bothrops atrox snake venom. The isolation of LAAO involved three chromatographic steps: molecular exclusion on a G-75 column; ion exchange column by HPLC and affinity chromatography on a Lentil Lectin column. SDS-PAGE was used to(More)
Monocrotaline (MCT) is a pyrrolizidine alkaloid present in plants of the genus Crotalaria that causes cytotoxicity and genotoxicity in animals and humans. It is well established that the toxicity of MCT results from its hepatic bioactivation to dehydromonocrotaline (DHM), an alkylating agent, but the exact mechanism of action remains unknown. In a previous(More)
UV radiation-induced skin damages may result in pre-cancerous and cancerous skin lesions, and acceleration of skin aging. It involves an imbalance of the endogenous antioxidant system that leads to the increase of free radical levels and inflammation. Therefore, antioxidant supplementation might inhibit such imbalance. In this regard, quercetin is a(More)
Azo dyes are of environmental concern due to their degradation products, widespread use, and low-removal rate during conventional treatment. Their toxic properties are related to the nature and position of the substituents with respect to the aromatic rings and amino nitrogen atom. The dyes Disperse Red 1 and Disperse Red 13 were tested for Salmonella(More)
The effects on mitochondrial respiration and complex I NADH oxidase activity of cubebin and derivatives were evaluated. The compounds inhibited the state 3 glutamate/malate-supported respiration of hamster liver mitochondria with IC(50) values ranging from 12.16 to 83.96 microM. NADH oxidase reaction was evaluated in submitochondrial particles. The(More)
Apoptosis is a natural cell elimination process involved in a number of physiological and pathological events. This process can be regulated by members of the Bcl-2 family. Bax, a pro-apoptotic member of this family, accelerates cell death, while the pro-survival member, Bcl-x(L), can antagonize the pro-apoptotic function of Bax to promote cell survival. In(More)
Mangiferin acts as a strong antioxidant on mitochondria. However, when in the presence of Ca(2+), mangiferin elicits mitochondrial permeability transition (MPT), as evidenced by cyclosporin A-sensitive mitochondrial swelling. We now provide evidence, by means of electrochemical and UV-visible spectroscopical analysis, that Fe(III) coordinates with(More)
Mitochondria are important intracellular sources and targets of reactive oxygen species (ROS), while flavonoids, a large group of secondary plant metabolites, are important antioxidants. Following our previous study on the energetics of mitochondria exposed to the flavonoids quercetin, taxifolin, catechin and galangin, the present work addressed the(More)