Elisa Suzana Carneiro Pôças

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The aim of the present work was to analyse the interaction between Na(+),K(+)-ATPase and one of our recent synthesized coumestans, namely the original molecule 2-methoxy-3,8,9-trihydroxy coumestan (PCALC36). Rat brain (mainly alpha 2 and alpha 3 Na(+),K(+)-ATPase isoforms) and kidney (alpha 1 isoform) fractions enriched with Na(+),K(+)-ATPase were utilized(More)
The molecular mechanisms involved in Na+,K+-ATPase inhibition by 2-methoxy-3,8,9-trihydroxy coumestan were investigated. We show that this compound decreases the free sulfydryl groups present in the enzyme and that its inhibitory effect is prevented by dithiothreitol and other two sulfydryl containing reagents. We propose a redox cycle culminating with the(More)
The effect of long-lasting in vivo restriction of nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability on cardiac and renal P-type ATPases critical for intracellular ion homeostasis is controversial. Previous work has shown in eNOS knockout (eNOS−/−) mice hearts that Na+/K+- and Ca2+-ATPase activities were depressed but the underlying mechanisms are still unclear. The goal of(More)
Bufadienolides are structurally related to the clinically relevant cardenolides (e.g., digoxin) and are now considered as endogenous steroid hormones. Binding of ouabain to Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase has been associated, in kidney cells, to the activation of the Src kinase pathway and Na(+)-K(+)-ATPase internalization. Nevertheless, whether the activation of this(More)
The use of combination drugs is very common in therapeutics as in the treatment of infectious diseases, cancer and heart failure but controversies about analysis of these interactions are frequent. The aim of the present work was to characterize the interaction between ouabain and 8-methoxy-3,9-dihydroxy coumestan (LQB93), a non-steroidal synthetic(More)
AIMS Cardiac glycosides have been extensively used in the treatment of congestive heart failure for more than 200 years. Recently, cardenolides and bufadienolides were isolated from mammalian tissue and are considered as a new class of steroidal hormones. The aim of the present work was to characterize the interaction between the most clinical used cardiac(More)
BACKGROUND The Na,K-ATPase (NKA) is necessary for maintaining the resting membrane potential by transporting Na and K ions across the cell membrane. Although its 3 isoforms expressed in human heart (alpha1beta1, alpha2beta1, and alpha3beta1) possess similar biochemical properties, their specific functions in human tissues remain unknown. In our search for(More)
Five coumestans with different patterns of oxygenation in rings A and D were synthesized from resorcinol and aromatic aldehydes, and screened for their antimyotoxic activity. The most potent compound (2b, IC50 = 1 microM) was selected for study of its pharmacological profile.
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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