Pedro L V Falé

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The purpose of this study was to develop a simple biological method for the synthesis of Ag nanoparticles (AgNPs) using Lippia citriodora leaves aqueous extract as reducing agent. Transmission electron microscopy (TEM), energy-dispersive spectroscopy (EDX), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and visible absorption spectroscopy (UV-vis) confirmed the reduction of(More)
This study aims to determine the function of Plectranthus barbatus (Lamiaceae) herbal tea as inhibitor of the brain acetylcholinesterase (AChE) activity. To accomplish this objective the herbal tea as well as its main component, rosmarinic acid were administered to laboratory animals (rats) and the effect on the brain AChE activity was evaluated. The study(More)
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE Decoctions of the leaves of Annona cherimola Mill. are traditionally used in Azores to treat hypercholesterolemia. Although they are sold and consumed by people in order to improve their health, these are products that cannot be sold with claims for health benefits as they have never been studied scientifically. MATERIALS(More)
Because of the complex cascade of molecular events that can occur in the brain of an Alzheimer's disease (AD) patient, the therapy of this neurodegenerative disease seems more likely to be achieved by multifunctional drugs. Herein, a new series of dual-targeting ligands have been developed and in vitro bioevaluated. Their architecture is based on(More)
Herbal teas are usually complex mixtures of therapeutically active compounds. The present study is focused on the interference of flavonoids on the bioavailability of rosmarinic acid, as these types of compounds are often present together in decoctions of medicinal plants, namely Lamiaceae species. The bioavailability of rosmarinic acid was analysed in the(More)
CONTEXT Ruta genus (Rutaceae) is abundantly used and described in the most ancient systematic records of medical practice of the Mediterranean world. In Tunisia, this genus is represented by two medicinal and aromatic shrubs: Ruta chalepensis L. and Ruta montana L. OBJECTIVE This study investigates the antioxidant and acetylcholinesterase inhibition(More)
This work aimed to study the inhibition on acetylcholinesterase activity (AChE), the antioxidant activity and the toxicity towards Caco-2 and HeLa cells of aqueous extracts of Peumus Boldus. An IC(50) value of 0.93 mg/mL, for AChE inhibition, and EC(50) of 18.7 μg/mL, for the antioxidant activity, was determined. This activity can be attributed to(More)
Plectranthus barbatus water extracts, have been used as herbal teas, for the treatment of various diseases. In a previous study it was demonstrated that antioxidant and anti-acetylcholinesterase active extract constituents and their metabolites were found in the plasma of rats after P. barbatus tea intraperitoneal administration. Consequently, a decrease in(More)
Erica australis L. (Ericaceae) is used in traditional medicine to treat many free-radical related ailments. In the present work, the stability and biological activity of the plant aqueous extracts submitted to an in vitro digestive process were investigated. Chemical stability was monitored by HPLC-DAD and LC-MS/MS, while the bioactivities were evaluated(More)