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Specimens of Dictyota pfaffii from Atol das Rocas, Northeast Brazil, afforded the rare dolabellane diterpene 10,18-diacetoxy-8-hydroxy-2, 6-dolabelladiene (1) and the new 10-acetoxy-8,18-di-hydroxy-2,6-dolabelladiene (2). Reduction of 1 yielded 8,10,18-trihydroxy-2,6-dolabelladiene (3), also present in the crude ex-tract of D. pfaffii. All three structures(More)
We recently described that a dollabelane diterpene isolated from the marine algae Dictyota pfaffii (Dolabelladienetriol) inhibits the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) enzyme reverse transcriptase (RT), and HIV-1 replication in primary cells. Based on these findings, we investigated additional antiretroviral properties of Dolabelladienetriol.(More)
This paper describes the effect of two weak bases (ammonium chloride and chloroquine) on the morphogenesis of Mayaro virus. When Mayaro virus-infected TC7 (monkey kidney) cells were treated with these agents it was observed that weak bases caused a significant reduction in virus yield. Also, cellular protein synthesis, which is inhibited by Mayaro virus(More)
The aim of this study was to analyze the composition of dental plaque according to sucrose exposure. Twelve adult volunteers took part in this crossover study done in four phases of 28 days each. For each phase of the study, an acrylic resin appliance containing four human dental enamel blocks was constructed for each volunteer. A 20% sucrose solution was(More)
Mayaro virus is an enveloped virus that belongs to the Alphavirus genus. To gain insight into the mechanism involved in Mayaro virus membrane fusion, we used hydrostatic pressure and low pH to isolate a fusion-active state of Mayaro glycoproteins. In response to pressure, E1 glycoprotein undergoes structural changes resulting in the formation of a stable(More)
The replication of Marituba virus (Bunyavirus genus, family Bunyaviridae), was studied inAedes albopictus (mosquito) cells. Infection ofAedes albopictus cells with Marituba virus was characterized by an initial acute phase of infection in which large amounts of virus were produced and further by a persistent phase of infection in which virus yield was much(More)
Prostaglandins (Pgs) have been shown to inhibit the replication of several DNA and RNA viruses. Here we report the effect of prostaglandin (PgA1) on the multiplication of a positive strand RNA virus, Classical Swine Fever Virus (CSFV) in PK15 cells. PgA1 was found to inhibit the multiplication of CSFV. At a concentration of 5 micrograms/ml, which was(More)
Cyclopentenone prostaglandins are potent inhibitors of a wide variety of RNA and DNA viruses. In this report we describe that prostaglandin A1 (PGA1) potently inhibited the replication of classical swine fever virus in cultures of PK-15 cells. The highest non-toxic dose (5 microg/ml) inhibited virus yield in 99% at the initial phase of infection and in 77%(More)