Kateřina Macáková

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Flavonoids have been demonstrated to possess miscellaneous health benefits which are, at least partly, associated with iron chelation. In this in vitro study, 26 flavonoids from different subclasses were analyzed for their iron chelating activity and stability of the formed complexes in four patho/physiologically relevant pH conditions (4.5, 5.5, 6.8, and(More)
The roots and aerial parts of Chelidonium majus L. were extracted with EtOH and fractionated using CHCl3 and EtOH. Repeated column chromatography, preparative TLC and crystallization led to the isolation of five isoquinoline alkaloids, stylopine (3), chelidonine (4), homochelidonine (5), protopine (6), and allocryptopine (7), along with two isolation(More)
Flavonoids, substantial components of the human diet, are generally considered to be beneficial. However, they may possess possible pro-oxidative effects, which could be based on their reducing potential. The aims of this study were to evaluate the ability of 26 flavonoids to reduce ferric ions at relevant pH conditions and to find a possible relationship(More)
Coumarins are a large group of natural substances with diverse pharmacological properties that may predetermine some of them for the prevention and/or treatment of cardiovascular diseases and also other pathologies. Free iron participates in the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and plays an important role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular(More)
Platelets play a crucial role in physiological haemostasis. However, in coronary arteries damaged by atherosclerosis, enhanced platelet aggregation, with subsequent thrombus formation, is a precipitating factor in acute myocardial infarction. Current therapeutic approaches are able to reduce approximately one quarter of cardiovascular events, but they are(More)
Copper is an essential trace element involved in many physiological processes. Since disorder of copper homeostasis is observed in various pathologies, copper chelators may represent a promising therapeutic tool. This study was aimed at: 1) formation of an in vitro methodology for screening of copper chelators, and 2) detailed analysis of the interaction of(More)
Prolyl oligopeptidase is a cytosolic serine peptidase that hydrolyses proline-containing peptides at the carboxy terminus of proline residues. It has been associated with schizophrenia, bipolar affective disorder, and related neuropsychiatric disorders and therefore may have important clinical implications. Thirty-one isoquinoline alkaloids of various(More)
The objective of this study was to investigate the effects of a preparation from herbal extracts (PHE) on libido and semen quality in breeding artificial insemination boars. Ten fertile boars were divided into control and experimental groups according to significant difference of libido. There were no differences in semen quality between groups. Animals(More)
Positive effects of dexrazoxane (DEX) in anthracycline cardiotoxicity have been mostly assumed to be associated with its iron-chelating properties. However, this explanation has been recently questioned. Iron plays also an important role in the catecholamine cardiotoxicity. Hence in this study, the influence of DEX on a catecholamine model of acute(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD), characterized by the death of nerve cells in the cerebral cortex, is the most common subtype of dementia. Despite the exponential growth in the number of AD patients, acetylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors are currently used to treat AD. Plants of the Amaryllidaceae family are known to synthesize a particular type of bioactive(More)