João Guilherme Costa

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Pharmacological inhibition of DNA repair is a promising approach to increase the effectiveness of anticancer drugs. The chemotherapeutic drug doxorubicin (Dox) may act, in part, by causing oxidative DNA damage. The base excision repair (BER) pathway effects the repair of many DNA lesions induced by reactive oxygen species (ROS). Methoxyamine (MX) is an(More)
Ochratoxin A (OTA) is a well-known nephrotoxic and potential carcinogenic agent but no consensus about the molecular mechanisms underlying its deleterious effects has been reached yet. The aim of this study is to integrate several endpoints concerning OTA-induced toxicological effects in Vero kidney cells in order to obtain additional mechanistic data,(More)
The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) provides an ideal framework to establish multi-disciplinary research networks. COST Action BM1203 (EU-ROS) represents a consortium of researchers from different disciplines who are dedicated to providing new insights and tools for better understanding redox biology and medicine and, in the long run,(More)
The DNA repair activity of human apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease 1 (APE1) has been recognized as a promising target for the development of small-molecule inhibitors to be used in combination with anticancer agents. In an attempt to identify novel inhibitors of APE1, we present a structure-based virtual screening (SBVS) study based on molecular docking(More)
The human apurinic/apyrimidinic endonuclease 1 (APE1) is an ubiquitous multifunctional DNA repair enzyme and a redox signalling protein. Our work addressed the inhibition of APE1 redox function using E3330, as single agent or in combination with docetaxel (DTX), in human breast cancer MDA-MB-231 cells. E3330 decreased the colony formation of DTX-treated(More)
AIM Parvifloron D is a natural diterpene with a broad and not selective cytotoxicity toward human tumor cells. In order to develop a targeted antimelanoma drug delivery platform for Parvifloron D, hybrid nanoparticles were prepared with biopolymers and functionalized with α-melanocyte stimulating hormone. Results/methodology: Nanoparticles were produced(More)
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