Franco M. Cabrerizo

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New photochemical studies of the reactivity of biopterin (BPT) and neopterin (NPT) in acidic (pH = 5.5) and alkaline (pH = 10.5) aqueous solutions at 350 nm and room temperature were performed. The photochemical properties of BPT are of particular interest because the photolysis of this compound takes place in the white skin patches of patients affected by(More)
Lumazines are an important family of heterocyclic compounds present in biological systems as biosynthetic precursors and/or products of metabolic degradation. Upon UV irradiation, the specific compound called lumazine (pteridine-2,4(1,3H)-dione) is able to generate singlet oxygen (1O2), which is one of the main chemical species responsible for photodynamic(More)
Pterins (PTs) belong to a class of heterocyclic compounds present in a wide range of living systems. They participate in relevant biological functions and are involved in different photobiological processes. We have investigated the reactivity of conjugated PTs (folic acid [FA], 10-methylfolic acid [MFA], pteroic acid [PA]) and unconjugated PTs (PT,(More)
UV-A radiation (320-400 nm) induces damage to the DNA molecule and its components through different photosensitized reactions. Among these processes, photosensitized oxidations may occur through electron transfer or hydrogen abstraction (type I) and/or the production of singlet molecular oxygen ((1)O2) (type II). Pterins, heterocyclic compounds widespread(More)
Pterins, heterocyclic compounds widespread in biological systems, participate in relevant biological processes and are able to act as photosensitizers. In the present study, we ascertained that 2-aminopteridin-4(3H)-one, abbreviated as Ptr, is readily incorporated into and/or onto cervical cancer cells (HeLa) and that these cells die upon UV-A irradiation(More)
UV-A radiation (320-400 nm) induces damages to the DNA molecule and its components through photosensitized reactions. Pterins, heterocyclic compounds widespread in biological systems, participate in relevant biological processes and are able to act as photosensitizers. We have investigated the photosensitization of 2'-deoxyadenosine-5'-monophosphate (dAMP)(More)
Pterins are heterocyclic compounds with important biological functions, and most of them may exist in two acid-base forms in the pH range between 3 and 13 in aqueous solution. In this work, the photophysical properties of acid and basic forms of six compounds of the pterin family (6-hydroxymethylpterin [HPT], 6-methylpterin [MPT], 6,7-dimethylpterin [DPT],(More)
Dihydrobiopterin (H(2)Bip) and its oxidized analogue, biopterin (Bip), accumulate in the skin of patients suffering from vitiligo, a chronic depigmentation disorder in which the protection against UV radiation fails. The photochemistry of H(2)Bip was studied in neutral aqueous solutions upon UV-A irradiation (320-400 nm) at room temperature. The(More)
The photochemistry of norharmane (9H-pyrido[3,4-b]indole) in acidic (pH 5.0+/-0.1) and alkaline (pH 10.0+/-0.1) aqueous solutions was studied. The photochemical reactions were monitored by TLC, UV/VIS absorption spectroscopy, high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), electronic ionization-mass spectrometry (EI-MS), UV-laser desorption/ionization-time(More)
Toxoplasmosis is a worldwide infection caused by the protozoan parasite Toxoplasma gondii, which causes chorioretinitis and neurological defects in congenitally infected newborns or immunodeficient patients. The efficacy of the current treatment is limited, primarily by serious host toxicity. In recent years, research has focused on the development of new(More)