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Genital Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) infections have been identified as a major health problem concern. CT is associated with adverse effect on women reproduction and also associated with cervical hypertrophy and induction of squamous metaplasia, providing a possible relationship with human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. Infection by high-risk HPV types is(More)
It is well established the role of human papillomavirus (HPV) in cervical cancer (CC) etiology. Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) infection seems to synergize with HPV in CC multistage process. The aim of this study was to assess the correlation of HPV and CT infection in young student women. Cervicovaginal samples were obtained by self-sampling method from young(More)
Catechols from abietic acid were prepared by a short and good yielding chemical process and further evaluated for several biological activities namely, antifungal, antitumoral, antimutagenic, antiviral, antiproliferative and inhibition of nitric oxide. Their properties were compared with those of carnosic acid (6), a naturally occurring catechol with an(More)
Three new macrocyclic jatrophane diterpene polyesters, named pubescenes A ( 1), B ( 2), and C ( 3), and the known compounds indole-3-aldehyde and scopoletin have been isolated and characterised from the whole dried plant of Euphorbia pubescens. The structures of the new compounds were established by spectroscopic means including 2D-NMR techniques such as(More)
Eight natural prenylated flavones, previously isolated from Artocarpus elasticus, were evaluated for their effect on the mitogenic response of human lymphocytes to PHA. They all exhibited a dose-dependent suppression effect. An interesting relationship was observed between their antiproliferative activity and their chemical structure. Indeed, the most(More)
This study aimed to characterize the HPV infection status in adolescents and young university women in Portugal. The distribution of HPV genotypes was evaluated by PCR DNA genotyping after self-sampling collection from 435 women of exfoliated cervical cells using a commercial kit. We observed an overall frequency of HPV infection of 11.5%. Furthermore, HPV(More)
Twenty-seven oxygenated xanthones have been assessed for their capacity to inhibit in vitro the growth of three human cancer cell lines, MCF-7 (breast cancer), TK-10 (renal cancer) and UACC-62 (melanoma). The effect of these xanthones on the proliferation of human T-lymphocytes was also evaluated. Differences on their potency towards the effect on the(More)
Five known abietane diterpenes of the royleanone and coleon type, namely, fatty acid esters of 7alpha-acyloxy-6beta-hydroxyroyleanone (1), grandidone A (2), 7alpha-acetoxy-6beta-hydroxyroyleanone (3), 6beta,7alpha-dihydroxyroyleanone (4) and coleon U (5), isolated from Plectranthus grandidentatus, were evaluated for their effect on the proliferation of(More)
Three polyamine derivatives assigned as bis-naphthalimidopropyl putrescine (BNIPPut), spermidine (BNIPSpd) and spermine (BNIPSpm) were studied to determine their effects on the proliferation of murine splenocytes and human peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) induced by the mitogens, Con A, LPS and PHA. All compounds showed a dose dependent inhibitory(More)
Miconazole is a widely used antifungal agent with poor aqueous solubility, which requires the development of drug delivery systems able to improve its therapeutic activity. For this purpose, a miconazole-loaded nanostructured lipid carriers (NLC) dispersion was prepared and characterized. Further, the dispersion was used to prepare a NLC-based hydrogel(More)