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Gap junction intercellular communication (GJIC) is considered to play a role in the regulation of homeostasis because it regulates important processes, such as cell proliferation and cell differentiation. A reduced or lost GJIC capacity has been observed in solid tumors and studies have demonstrated that GJIC restoration in tumor cells contribute to(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third highest cause of cancer death worldwide. In general, the disease is diagnosed at an advanced stage when potentially curative therapies are no longer feasible. For this reason, it is very important to develop new therapeutic approaches. Retinoic acid (RA) is a natural derivative of vitamin A that regulates(More)
Connexins are membrane proteins that form GJ (gap junction) channels between adjacent cells. Cx43 (connexin 43), the most widely expressed member of the connexin family, has a rapid turnover rate, and its degradation involves both the lysosomal and ubiquitin-proteasome pathway. The goal of this work was to study the effects of geodiamolides, natural(More)
This manuscript describes a novel class of N-acylhydrazone (NAH) derivatives that act as histone deacetylase (HDAC) 6/8 dual inhibitors and were designed from the structure of trichostatin A (1). Para-substituted phenyl-hydroxamic acids presented a more potent inhibition of HDAC6/8 than their meta analogs. In addition, the effect of compounds(More)
Cancer is one of the most critical problems of public health in the world and one of the main challenges for medicine in this century. Unfortunately, most patients are diagnosed at advanced stage, when the treatment options are palliative. Consequently, the search for novel therapeutic options is imperative. In the context, the plants represent an important(More)
BACKGROUND Glioblastoma is the most common tumor of the central nervous system and one of the hardest tumors to treat. Consequently, the search for novel therapeutic options is imperative. 7-epiclusianone, a tetraprenylated benzophenone isolated from the epicarp of the native plant Garcinia brasiliensis, exhibits a range of biological activities but its(More)
Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in the world. Disease stage is the most relevant factor influencing mortality. Unfortunately, most patients are still diagnosed at an advanced stage and their five-year survival rate is only 4%. Thus, it is relevant to identify novel drugs that can improve the treatment options for lung cancer. Natural(More)
Obesity increases the risk of respiratory disease, which is associated with airway hyperresponsiveness. Although the molecular underpinnings of this phenomenon are not well established, lung remodeling is known as an important factor in this process and could potentially explain compromised lung functions. In the present study, the obesity was induced by(More)
The scrape loading and dye transfer (SL/DT) method is a functional assay widely used to evaluate the level of the intercellular communication via gap junction. Initially, the evaluation of the degree of communication was done by counting the rows of fluorescent cells from the scrape. Its substitution by fluorescence distance or area, determinated by(More)
T-acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is an aggressive hematological cancer that arises from the malignant transformation of T-cell progenitors. Despite the significant progress in current treatment, challenges remain the lifelong morbidity after current chemotherapy regimens and postrelapse survival. In addition, patients with T-ALL have inferior outcomes(More)