Fernanda Wanderley de Oliveira

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Sulfated polysaccharides (fucans and fucoidans) from brown algae show several biological activities, including anticoagulant and anti-inflammatory activities. We have extracted a sulfated heterofucan from the brown seaweed Lobophora variegata by proteolytic digestion, followed by acetone fractionation, molecular sieving, and ion-exchange chromatography.(More)
The purification of two heparitinases and a heparinase, in high yields from Flavobacterium heparinum was achieved by a combination of molecular sieving and cation-exchange chromatography. Heparinase acts upon N-sulfated glucosaminido-L-iduronic acid linkages of heparin. Substitution of N-sulfate by N-acetyl groups renders the heparin molecule resistant to(More)
Purpose: To compare the effect of hyaluronic acid (HA) and of AG on the healing of intestine wounds. Methods: The semi-purified extract of the eggs of the mollusc was obtained by fractionation with ammonium sulfate and purification for ion-exchange chromatography. The obtained galactans were eluted in water (neutral galactan) and in 0.1 and 0.2M NaCl(More)
A natural heparin-like compound isolated from the crab Goniopsis cruentata was structurally characterized and its anticoagulant and hemorrhagic activities were determined. Enzymatic and nuclear magnetic resonance analysis revealed that its structure is rich in disulfated disaccharides, possessing significant amounts of 2-O-sulfated-β-D-glucuronic acid(More)
The synthesis of glycosaminoglycans and acidic polysaccharides during embryonic and fetal development in mammals and molluscs is briefly reviewed. A sequential order of appearance of each of the acidic polysaccharides was observed, coinciding with the major processes of the ontogeny. In mammals, hyaluronic acid is the first glycosaminoglycan synthesized at(More)
The anti-inflammatory properties of a heparin-like compound from the shrimp Litopenaeus vannamei are related. Besides reducing significantly (p<0.001) the influx of inflammatory cells to injury site in a model of acute inflammation, shrimp heparin-like compound was able to reduce the matrix metalloproteinase (MMPs) activity in the peritoneal lavage of(More)
The characterization and properties of a beta-galactanase and alpha- and beta-galactosidases as well as heparan sulfate and chondroitin sulfate degrading enzymes which appear during the 15 days of the embryonic development of the mollusc Pomacea sp. is reported. The beta-galactanase, which appears around day 7 of development, was separated from alpha- and(More)
The authors present and discuss the results obtained with 202 Gynaegnost experiments in 161 women, between 45 and 65 years, nulliparous, or having experienced a late pregnancy, with menopause occurring after the age of 52 and undergoing or not estrogen-therapy after menopause, and presenting high blood pressure, obesity or diabetes. The purpose of this(More)
The use of specific enzymes (heparinase and heparitinases from Flavobacterium heparinum, endoglucuronidase, alphaN-acetylglucosaminidase and beta-glucuronidase from the mollusc Anomalocardia brasiliana) and chemical methods (nitrous acid degradation, hydrazine N-deacetylation and borohydride reduction), led to the proposal of the total sequence of a heparan(More)
A beta-glucuronidase was purified from Pomacea sp. eggs by ammonium sulfate fractionation, DEAE-BioGel and Heparin-Sepharose chromatographies. This enzyme showed a Mr 180 kDa, with subunits of 90 kDa. The kinetic parameters were: pH 4.0, temperature 60 degrees C, Km 2.7 x 10(-6) and Vmax 15.3 microM/h, activator Mg+2, and inhibitor: lactone of D-saccharic(More)