Maria Tereza Dos Santos Correia

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The mitogenic effect of Cratylia mollis seed lectin preparations containing two (Cramoll 1,4) or one molecular form (Cramoll 1) showed activity similar to the well known T-cell mitogen, concanavalin A (Con A). The effect on human lymphocytes was analyzed through a colorimetric assay using 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl tetrazolium bromide (MTT).(More)
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE Medicinal plants from the Caatinga, a Brazilian xeric shrubland, are used in folk medicine to treat infections. These ethnopharmacological data can contribute to obtaining new antimicrobial/antibiofilm extracts and natural product prototypes for the development of new drugs. The aim of this study was to investigate the(More)
In civilian accidents the factors involved in the origin of posttraumatic epilepsy are controversial. In this study of 506 consecutive head trauma patients and 101 epileptic patients developing seizures after head trauma, we have examined the importance of the duration of coma, type of seizure and drug therapy, time to first seizure, age and focal lesions(More)
A novel lectin was isolated from Bothrops leucurus snake venom using a combination of affinity and gel filtration chromatographies. The lectin (BlL) agglutinated glutaraldehyde-treated rabbit and human erythrocytes with preference for rabbit erythrocytes. Galactose, raffinose, lactose, fetal bovine serum and casein inhibited lectin-induced rabbit(More)
The hemagglutinating (HA) activity of Cratylia mollis lectin (Cra) was evaluated and the influence of ultrasound and mechanical agitation on its activity examined. The antitumor activity of Cra-loaded liposomes was also investigated. Liposomes were obtained by the lipid thin film method. Physicochemical characterization was carried out and long-term(More)
Hemagglutinating activity has been associated to presence of lectin, carbohydrate-binding proteins. In this work Crataeva tapia bark lectin (CrataBL) was purified in milligram quantities (28 mg per g of bark) by ion exchange chromatography. The lectin was thermo-stable, ion-independent and N-terminal sequence analysis demonstrated similarity with miraculin(More)
Cramoll 1,4 is a lectin extracted from seeds of Cratylia mollis Mart. Many assays have shown the cytokine release activity and pro-inflammatory profile of this lectin. Here, we used Cramoll 1,4 in the treatment of cutaneous wounds in normal and immunocompromised mice for available your cicatricial power. Surgical wounds were treated daily with a topical(More)
Neoplastic transformation is the abnormal proliferation of cells. These transformations are often related to changes in cell surface glycoconjugates which can be detected by lectins. We evaluated the anti-tumor potential of BlL, a galactoside-binding lectin isolated from Bothrops leucurus venom as well as its cytotoxicity and hemolysis activity. The(More)
Previous results provided evidence that Cratylia mollis seed lectin (Cramoll 1,4) promotes Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigotes death by necrosis via a mechanism involving plasma membrane permeabilization to Ca(2+) and mitochondrial dysfunction due to matrix Ca(2+) overload. In order to investigate the mechanism of Ca(2+) -induced mitochondrial impairment,(More)
CrataBL, a protein isolated from Crataeva tapia bark, which is both a serine protease inhibitor and a lectin, has been previously shown to exhibit a number of interesting biological properties, including anti-inflammatory, analgesic, antitumor, and insecticidal activities. Using a glycan array, we have now shown that only sulfated carbohydrates are(More)