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Green and black teas (Camellia sinensis) contain compounds ranging from simple phenolics to complex glycosides, many of which have well-recognized health benefits. Here, we describe two methodologies aiming to achieve a comprehensive analysis of hydro-alcoholic extracts of C. sinensis. In the first step, the extracts were partitioned in water, n-butanol,(More)
Three glycolipids (1-3) were isolated from the basidiolichen Dictyonema glabratum. Their carbohydrate and lipid components were structurally characterized using 1D 1H and 13C and 2D NMR spectroscopy, complemented by mass spectrometry, as were the carbohydrate moieties formed on saponification. These were O-alpha-D-Galp-(1''-->6')-O-beta-D-Galp-(1'<-->1)-2,(More)
The species of the genus Pleurotus produce large amounts of biomass and exopolysaccharide (EPS) in submerged cultures, which may be used for biotechnological purposes. In the present work two Brazilian autochthonous strains of edible Pleurotus (P. ostratoroseus Sing. and P. ostreatus "florida") were used. The fungi grown in liquid Potato Dextrose medium(More)
A light microscopic and molecular analysis of photobionts in Ramalina and Cladonia from coastal habitats of Brazil is presented. A Bayesian phylogenetic analysis of ITS rDNA sequences suggests a Trebouxia lineage which is preferentially tropical in geographic distribution. This highly diverse clade also includes the morphological similar species Trebouxia(More)
Maytenus ilicifolia Mart. ex. Reissek (Celastraceae), a medicinal plant known in Brazil as "espinheira-santa" is commonly used to treat gastric disorders. The effect of the flavonoid-rich fraction separated from the leaves was evaluated for its gastroprotective properties and the mechanism(s) involved in this activity. Intraperitoneal administration of the(More)
Two distinct sulfonoglycolipid fractions were isolated from the basidiolichen Dictyonema glabratum by chromatography on Diethylaminoethyl (DEAE)-Sepharose, which resulted in rapid elution, followed by partition between aqueous sulfuric acid and an ethyl acetate-methanol-chloroform mixture and the content of the organic layer chromatographed of a column of(More)
The two main water-soluble extracellular polysaccharides produced by the basidiomycete fungus Pleurotus ostreatoroseus Sing were isolated and purified. They were characterized using 13C, 1H, and 1H, 13C HMQC NMR spectroscopy, methylation analysis, and Smith degradation. One was a mannan having a main chain of (1-->6)-linked alpha-D-mannopyranosyl residues,(More)
Green tea is an infusion of unfermented leaves of Camellia sinensis (L.) Kuntze (Theaceae), traditionally used for the treatment of obesity, hypercholesterolemia, and gastric complaints. This study evaluated the mechanisms involved in the gastric ulcer healing of the hydroalcoholic extract from green tea (GEt), its ethyl acetate fraction, (GEAc) and(More)
The medusa Phyllorhiza punctata has been found in Brazilian waters where it is an exotic species, having arrived in ballasts from the Indo-Pacific Ocean in the general region of North Australia and Indonesia. Fatty acids of the intact animal and its component umbrella, oral arms, and mucus were identified. Two different groups of glycolipids and a(More)
The structure of glycoconjugates has been determined by several chromatographic methods, however gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) has been widely used to identify and quantify the volatile trimethylsilyl and fluoroacyl derivatives. Adapting the reduction/acetylation strategies, we had performed the derivatization of all monosaccharide class, as(More)