María Laura Lavaggi

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We report the design, the synthesis and the biological evaluation of the analgesic and anti-inflammatory activities of furoxanyl N-acylhydrazones (furoxanyl-NAH) by applying molecular hybridization approach. Hybrid compounds with IL-8-release inhibition capabilities were identified. Among them, furoxanyl-NAH, 17, and benzofuroxanyl-derivative, 24, together(More)
Cancer preventive agents (CPA) are drugs able to suppress the carcinogen metabolic activation or block the formation of ultimate carcinogens. CPA could act through various molecular mechanisms, for example by interfering with the action of procarcinogen. This could be attained by increasing the phase II enzymes levels of quinone reductase (QR) and(More)
Taking into account our previous studies on cytotoxic metal compounds, new copper complexes with 3-aminoquinoxaline-2-carbonitrile N1,N4-dioxide derivatives as ligands were synthesized and characterized by different spectroscopic methods. The hypoxic selective cytotoxicity towards V79 cells and the superoxide dismutase-like activity of the complexes were(More)
New 5-nitroindazole derivatives were developed and their antichagasic properties studied. Eight compounds (14-18, 20, 26 and 28) displayed remarkable in vitro activities against Trypanosoma cruzi (T. cruzi). Its unspecific cytotoxicity against macrophages was evaluated being not toxic at a concentration at least twice that of T. cruzi IC(50), for some(More)
For a fourth approach of quinoxaline N,N'-dioxides as anti-trypanosomatid agents against T. cruzi and Leishmania, we found extremely active derivatives. The present study allows us to state the correct requirements for obtaining optimal in vitro anti-T. cruzi activity. Derivatives possessing electron-withdrawing substituents in the 2-, 3-, 6-, and(More)
New vanadium complexes of the type [V(IV)O(L)(2)], where L are 3-aminoquinoxaline-2-carbonitrile N(1),N(4)-dioxide derivatives, were prepared as an effort to obtain new anti-trypanosomal agents improving the bioactivity of the free ligands. Complexation to vanadium of the quinoxaline ligands leads to excellent antiprotozoal activity, similar to that of the(More)
Hypoxic regions of tumours are associated with increased resistance to radiation and chemotherapy. Nevertheless, hypoxia has been used as a tool for specific activation of some antitumour prodrugs, named bioreductive agents. Phenazine dioxides are an example of such bioreductive prodrugs. Our 2D-quantitative structure activity relationship studies(More)
In the development of new drugs, it is very important to know the effects these may bring to those who consume them. Drugs which act upon certain diseases must not cause toxic side effects on healthy organs. These toxic side effects can be quite varied, i.e. mutagenicity, clastogenicity, teratogenicity, etc., but undoubtedly the mutagenicity officiate in(More)
5-Phenylethenylbenzofuroxans have displayed in vitro and in vivo activity against Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiologic agent of American Trypanosomiasis. On the basis of benzofuroxans pre-clinical studies we evaluated the potential of six 5-phenylethenyl derivatives to induce cytotoxicity, mutagenicity and genotoxicity using different in vitro models. Cytotoxic(More)
Phenazine 5,10-dioxides (PDOs) are a new class of bioreductive cytotoxins, which could act towards tumours containing hypoxic regions. The PDOs selective-hypoxic bioreduction was probed in vitro; however, the mechanism of action has not been completely explained. Besides, PDOs in vivo antitumour activities have not been demonstrated hitherto. We study the(More)