Mauro Velho de Castro Faria

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The use of eggplant has been suggested to treat different diseases. We studied the effect of eggplant extract on the labeling of red blood cells (RBC) and plasma proteins with technetium-99m (Tc-99m) and on biodistribution of sodium pertechnetate (Tc-99m) in rats. Blood was incubated with an eggplant extract (final concentrations 3.12 to 250.00 mg/ml) for(More)
Recent advances in analytical techniques allow identifying pesticide pollution in water systems. In small rural communities, the negative effects of pesticide pollution can be aggravated by the lack of infrastructure and adverse socioeconomic conditions. This study investigated pesticide pollution in potential water supply sources in a tomato growing area(More)
The monoterpene perillyl alcohol (POH) is a drug used in the treatment of several malignant tumors, including gliomas. The present study defines a POH inhibitory effect on Na/K-ATPase activity from kidney and brain guinea pig extracts and from a human glioblastoma cell line. This inhibition showed a high degree of selectivity toward the kidney enzyme(More)
Na/K-ATPase (NKA) is inhibited by perillyl alcohol (POH), a monoterpene used in the treatment of tumors, including brain tumors. The NKA α1 subunit is known to be superexpressed in glioblastoma cells (GBM). This isoform is embedded in caveolar structures and is probably responsible for the signaling properties of NKA during apoptosis. In this work, we(More)
Stannous chloride (SnCl2) is a reducing chemical agent used in several man-made products. SnCl2 can generate reactive oxygen species (ROS); therefore, studies have been carried out in order to better understand its damaging action in biological systems. In this work, calf thymus DNA, triphosphate nucleotides and isolated bases were incubated with SnCl2 and(More)
Desmin protein is an abundant constituent of the intermediate filaments in the electrocytes of the electric organ of the electric eel Electrophorus electricus. Polyclonal antibodies were raised against purified desmin from the electric organ and used for immunolabeling of the protein in reconstituted filaments. In thick sections of the main electric organ(More)
The labeling of red blood cells (RBC) with technetium-99m (99mTc) depends on a reducing agent and stannous chloride (SnCl(2)) and is widely utilized. This labeling may also be altered by drugs, and SnCl(2) reduces the survival of Escherichia coli cultures. Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea L. var. botrytis) is used in folk medicine and we evaluated its(More)
The dolastane diterpenes 4-acetoxy-9,14-dihydroxydolast-1(15),7-diene (1) and 4,7-diacetoxy-14-hydroxydolast-1(15),8-diene (2) were isolated from specimens of the alga Dictyota cervicornis collected from the Rio de Janeiro coast, Brazil. Chemical structures of the diterpenes were assigned by 1D and 2D NMR spectral data for the first time. Both substances(More)
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