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AIM OF THE STUDY Infusions of Coreopsis tinctoria Nutt. flowering tops have been used traditionally in Portugal to control hyperglycaemia and a previous study revealed that daily administration of the infusion during a 3-week period promoted the recovery of glucose tolerance by a mechanism different from inhibition of glucose absorption and direct promotion(More)
Epidemiological evidence supports the concept that diets rich in fruits and vegetables promote health and attenuate or delay the onset of cardiovascular disease (CVD). In particular, a reduced risk of CVD has been associated with apple consumption, probably due to the cholesterol-lowering effect of the main bioactive compounds, namely fibre and polyphenols.(More)
High-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) with evaporative light scattering detection (ELSD) and HPLC with electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry (HPLC-ESI-MS/MS) methods were implemented and optimized to separate and identify sophorolipids (SLs) produced by Rhodotorula bogoriensis and Starmerella bombicola. SLs are carbohydrate-based(More)
Sophorolipids (SLs) are glycolipid biosurfactants, produced as a mixture of several compounds by some nonpathogenic yeast. In the current study, separation of individual SLs from mixtures with further evaluation of their surface properties and biologic activity on MDA-MB-321 breast cancer cell line were investigated. SLs were biosynthesized by Starmerella(More)
Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR) attenuated total reflectance (ATR) was applied for the determination of total phenolic and flavonoid contents and antioxidant capacity (DPPH and FRAP assays) in Moscatel dessert wines (n=56). Prediction models were developed for the referred parameters using Partial Least Squares (PLS) considering the spectral(More)
Microtiter plates were used as minireactors to study Starmerella bombicola growth and sophorolipid (SL) production. Compositional analysis of SL mixtures by liquid chromatography with electrospray ionization tandem mass spectrometry showed similar results on SLs produced using the laboratory scale (shake flask) and the microscale (24-well microtiter plates(More)
Berries are an important dietary source of fibres, vitamins, minerals and some biologically active non-nutrients. A red raspberry fruit extract was characterized in terms of phenolic content and the anti-inflammatory properties and protective effects were evaluated in two experimental models of inflammation. The antioxidant potential of the extract, the(More)
Opuntia spp. fruits are considered as health promoting foods due to the diversity of bioactive molecules found in these fruits. The composition in organic acids, flavonols and betalains in the Opuntia ficus-indica juice from a region of Portugal was accomplished for the first time by liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry using an electrospray(More)
In spite of an extensive literature reporting pharmacological properties of diphenyl diselenide, (PhSe)(2), little is known about its metabolism. The aim of this study was to identify possible metabolic pathways of (PhSe)(2) in vitro to get insights into the mechanism of its toxicity. Rat liver preparations, namely total homogenate, S9 fraction, cytosol and(More)
The objective of the present study was to evaluate the physicochemical and biochemical profiling of diphenyl diselenide (PhSe)₂, a selenoorganic compound with biological activity. Experimental protocols were established for chemical stability in isotonic phosphate buffer (PBS) pH 7.4 and in simulated gastric and intestinal fluids, biological stability(More)