Daniele V S Lopes

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As we have recently shown that GABA should be considered a putative neurotransmitter in Schistosoma mansoni, the present work aimed to search for GABAA receptors in adult worms using [3H]-flunitrazepam to label the allosteric benzodiazepine binding site which is classically present on GABAA receptor complexes. We detected a large population (Bmax=8.25+/-1.1(More)
Research aimed at developing selective drugs acting on gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA)A receptors introduced compounds from diverse chemical classes unrelated to the 1,4-benzodiazepines, including flavonoids. These studies also revealed the potential use of inverse agonists as cognition-enhancing agents. Here we report pharmacological properties of the novel(More)
Seven new 1,4-naphthoquinones structurally related to lapachol were synthesized from lawsone and oxygenated arylmercurials. These compounds can also be seen as pterocarpan derivatives where the A-ring was substituted by the 1,4-naphthoquinone nucleus. Pharmacological screening provided evidence of significant biological activities, including effects against(More)
Coumestans 2a-i, bearing different patterns of substitution in A- and D-rings, were synthesized and evaluated as inhibitors of kidney Na+, K+ -ATPase and ligands for the central benzodiazepine (BZP) receptor. The presence of a hydroxyl group in position 2 favours the effect on Na+, K+ -ATPase but decreases the affinity for the BZP receptor, allowing the(More)
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