José António Paixão

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Lactation has three distinct phases: colostrum, transition, and mature, with the quantity of fat-soluble vitamins and carotenoids tending to decline while the total fat content increases. The number of deliveries seems to be directly related to higher concentrations of beta-carotene and vitamin E in colostrum. Little is known about vitamin quantities during(More)
New chiral 1H,3H-pyrrolo[1,2-c]thiazoles were synthesized and screened for their in vitro activity as anti-cancer agents in three human tumor cell lines, colorectal adenocarcinoma, melanoma and breast adenocarcinoma. (R)-6-Hydroxymethyl-5-methyl-3-phenyl-1H,3H-pyrrolo[1,2-c]thiazole and the corresponding benzylcarbamate showed selectivity for breast cancer(More)
The use of bismuth(III) salts as catalysts for the Wagner-Meerwein rearrangement of lupane derivatives with expansion of ring E and formation of an additional O-containing ring is reported. This process has also been extended to other terpenes, such as the sesquiterpene (-)-caryophyllene oxide. When the reaction was performed with oleanonic acid,(More)
The synthesis and biological evaluation of 6,7-bis(hydroxymethyl)-1H,3H-pyrrolo[1,2-c]thiazoles as anticancer agents against MCF7 breast cancer cell lines is reported. The design of the new compounds has been guided considering (3R)-6,7-bis(hydroxymethyl)-5-methyl-3-phenyl-1H,3H-pyrrolo[1,2-c]thiazole as the lead compound due to its good performance against(More)
We report the results of resonant x-ray scattering experiments performed at the Np M(4,5) edges in NpO2. Below T(0)=25 K, the development of long-range order of Np electric quadrupoles is revealed by the growth of superlattice Bragg peaks. The polarization and azimuthal dependence of the intensity of the resonant peaks are well reproduced assuming(More)
In the title compounds, C(21)H(30)O(4), (I), and C(23)H(34)O(4), (II), respectively, which are valuable intermediates in the synthesis of important steroid derivatives, rings A and B are cis-(5beta,10beta)-fused. The two molecules have similar conformations of rings A, B and C. The presence of the 5beta,6beta-epoxide group induces a significant twist of the(More)
A new, straightforward and high yielding procedure to convert oleanolic acid derivatives into the corresponding δ-hydroxy-γ-lactones, by using the convenient oxidizing agent magnesium bis(monoperoxyphthalate) hexahydrate (MMPP) in refluxing acetonitrile, is reported. In addition, a two-step procedure for the preparation of oleanolic 12-oxo-28-carboxylic(More)
The use of bismuth(III) triflate as catalyst for the direct conversion of corticosteroids into highly functionalized 17-ketosteroids by cleavage of the C17-dihydroxyacetone side chain is reported. This catalytic process is very chemoselective, since functionalities of the starting corticosteroids, such as Delta(4)-3-keto, Delta(1,4)-3-keto, 11beta-hydroxyl,(More)
A new process using the "ecofriendly" bismuth(III) salts as catalysts for the Westphalen and "backbone" rearrangements of 5 beta,6 beta-epoxysteroids is reported. This method is particularly sensitive to changes on solvent, temperature, stereochemistry of starting epoxysteroid, and its substituent at C17. Depending on the reaction conditions, either(More)
Nucleophilic substitution reactions of 2-halo-2H-azirines 1a, 1b, 1d, and 1e with potassium phthalimide and aniline allowed the preparation of new substituted 2H-azirines 2-5. The reactions of 2-bromo-2H-azirine 1a with methylamine led to the synthesis of alpha-diimines 7 and 8. 2-Halo-2H-azirines were also established as building blocks for the synthesis(More)