Sandro L. Pereira

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H9c2 cells are used as a surrogate for cardiac cells in several toxicological studies, which are usually performed with cells in their undifferentiated state, raising questions on the applicability of the results to adult cardiomyocytes. Since H9c2 myoblasts have the capacity to differentiate into skeletal and cardiac muscle cells under different(More)
Berberine [Natural Yellow 18, 5,6-dihydro-9,10-dimethoxybenzo(g)-1,3-benzodioxolo(5,6-a)quinolizinium] is an alkaloid present in plant extracts and has a history of use in traditional Chinese and Native American medicine. Because of its ability to arrest the cell cycle and cause apoptosis of several malignant cell lines, it has received attention as a(More)
H9c2 cells, derived from the ventricular part of an E13 BDIX rat heart, possess a proliferative and relatively undifferentiated phenotype but can be readily directed to differentiate under reduced serum conditions originating cells presenting muscle features. Skeletal or cardiac phenotypes can be originated depending on whether or not serum reduction is(More)
The mitochondrion is emerging as a key organelle in stem cell biology, acting as a regulator of stem cell pluripotency and differentiation. In this study we sought to understand the effect of mitochondrial complex III inhibition during neuronal differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells. When exposed to antimycin A, a specific complex III inhibitor,(More)
Sanguinarine (SANG) is an alkaloid recognized to have anti-proliferative activity against various human tumour cell lines. No data is available on the susceptibility of advanced malignant melanoma to SANG, although this disease has a very poor prognosis if not detected in time due to the resistance to conventional chemotherapy. The present work was designed(More)
INTRODUCTION The pyruvate dehydrogenase (PDH) complex is localized in the mitochondrial matrix catalyzing the irreversible decarboxylation of pyruvate to acetyl-CoA and NADH. For proper complex regulation the E1-α subunit functions as an on/off switch regulated by phosphorylation/dephosphorylation. In different cell types one of the four-pyruvate(More)
BACKGROUND The list of clinically relevant molecules that affect skeletal and cardiac muscle mitochondria is gradually increasing, which strongly suggest that mitochondrial toxicity should be an important end point during the design and testing of novel pharmaceuticals. OBJECTIVE The present review intends to describe mechanisms by which clinically(More)
BACKGROUND Both pluripotent stem cells (PSCs) and cancer cells have been described as having similar metabolic pathways, most notably a penchant for favoring glycolysis even under aerobiosis, suggesting common themes that might be explored for both stem cell differentiation and anti-oncogenic purposes. METHODS A search of the scientific literature(More)
BACKGROUND Pluripotent stem cells promise innovative approaches for enduring diseases, including disease modeling and drug screens. Accordingly, efforts have been undertaken in order to efficiently reprogram somatic cells to pluripotency, and then differentiate them into pure cultures of specific cell lineages. However, the latter step remains mostly(More)
BACKGROUND Pluripotent embryonic stem cells grown under standard conditions (ESC) have a markedly glycolytic profile, which is shared with many different types of cancer cells. Thus, some therapeutic strategies suggest that pharmacologically shifting cancer cells towards an oxidative phenotype, using glycolysis inhibitors, may reduce cancer aggressiveness.(More)