Lidia Maria da Fonte de Amorim

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The glutathione S-transferase (GST) family of enzymes has a vital role in phase II of biotransformation of environmental carcinogens, pollutants, drugs and other xenobiotics. GSTs are polymorphic, with the type and frequency of polymorphism being ethnic dependent. Polymorphisms in GST genes have been shown to be associated with susceptibility to disease and(More)
Malignant gliomas are associated with alteration in EGF/EGFR signaling. Functional EGF+61A>G polymorphism is implicated with risk, recurrence, and progression of glioma. This study aimed to establish a putative association of EGF+61A>G with risk of glioma development, production of angiogenic growth factor EGF, and the response to perillyl alcohol(More)
The monoterpene perillyl alcohol (POH) is a drug used in the treatment of several malignant tumors, including gliomas. The present study defines a POH inhibitory effect on Na/K-ATPase activity from kidney and brain guinea pig extracts and from a human glioblastoma cell line. This inhibition showed a high degree of selectivity toward the kidney enzyme(More)
Recent evidence suggests that genetic studies may contribute to a better understanding of individual susceptibility to caries. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their tissue inhibitors have been suggested to be involved in the caries process. The purpose of this study was to determine if polymorphisms in MMP2 (rs243865), MMP9 (rs17576), MMP13(More)
OBJECTIVE The aim of this study was to evaluate, by PCR-RFLP and real-time PCR, the yield and quality of genomic DNA collected from buccal cells by mouthwash after different storage times at room temperature. MATERIAL AND METHODS A group of volunteers was recruited to collect buccal cells using a mouthwash solution. The collected solution was divided into(More)
UNLABELLED Recurrent tonsillitis has been the subject of frequent investigation. Misuse of antibiotic therapy in acute tonsillitis, changes to the tonsillar microflora, structural changes to the tonsillar crypts, and viral infections have been listed as predisposing or causal factors for recurrent tonsillitis. Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection usually(More)
Na/K-ATPase (NKA) is inhibited by perillyl alcohol (POH), a monoterpene used in the treatment of tumors, including brain tumors. The NKA α1 subunit is known to be superexpressed in glioblastoma cells (GBM). This isoform is embedded in caveolar structures and is probably responsible for the signaling properties of NKA during apoptosis. In this work, we(More)
Manilkara subsericea (Mart.) Dubard (Sapotaceae) is popularly known in Brazil as "guracica." Studies with Manilkara spp indicated the presence of triterpenes, saponins, and flavonoids. Several activities have been attributed to Manilkara spp such as antimicrobial, antiparasitic and antitumoral, which indicates the great biological potential of this genus.(More)
CYP1A1 polymorphisms have been associated with a higher risk to develop lung cancer, particularly in Japanese. The type and the frequency of the polymorphisms can vary according to the ethnicity. In the present study, we aimed to determine the frequency of CYP1A1(*)2B and (*)4, and to look for other possible polymorphisms that may happen in exon 7 in(More)
Sugarcane workers in Brazil are exposed to various genotoxic compounds, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), derived from an incomplete combustion process of burnt sugarcane fields. The effects of the occupational exposure to sugarcane fields burning were measured in urine samples of sugarcane workers from the northwest of the State of São(More)
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