Tânia Beatriz Creczynski-Pasa

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Natural products are an inexhaustible source of compounds with promising pharmacological activities including antiviral action. Violacein, the major pigment produced by Chromobacterium violaceum, has been shown to have antibiotic, antitumoral and anti-Trypanosoma cruzi activities. The goal of the present work was to evaluate the cytotoxicity of violacein(More)
Chalcones, naturally occurring open-chain flavonoids abundant in plants, have demonstrated anticancer activity in multiple tumor cells. In a previous work, the potential anticancer activity of three naphthylchalcones named R7, R13 and R15 was shown. In this study, the mechanism of actions of these chalcones was originally shown. The chalcones presented(More)
The hydrophobicity of some photosensitizers can induce aggregation in biological systems, which consequently reduces photodynamic activity. The conjugation of photosensitizers with nanocarrier systems can potentially be used to overcome this problem. The objective of this study was to prepare and characterise hypericin-loaded solid lipid nanoparticles(More)
Dipyrone injected intraperitoneally (i.p.) or subplantarly into the mouse paw caused dose-related antinociception against the early and the late phases of formalin-induced licking, with mean ID50 values of 154.5 and 263.7 micromol/kg, and 2.6 and 1.2 micromol/paw, respectively. Given either by intracerebroventricular (i.c.v.) or by intrathecal (i.t.)(More)
In vivo and in vitro treatments were carried out to investigate the effects of kaempferol-3,7-O-(alpha)-dirhamnoside (kaempferitrin), a major flavonoid compound of the n-butanol fraction from Bauhiniaforficata leaves, on serum glucose levels, as well as its antioxidant potential. Oral administration of kaempferitrin led to a significant hypoglycemic effect(More)
This study describes the anti-inflammatory actions of NPC 18884, a non-peptide bradykinin B2 receptor antagonist in bradykinin and carrageenan-induced inflammation in the mouse model of pleurisy. The selectivity of NPC 18884 was assessed in the pleurisy caused by histamine, substance P and des-Arg9-bradykinin. NPC 18884 given intraperitoneally or orally(More)
We have investigated the action of melatonin against lipid peroxidation in membranes including brain homogenates (BH), brain and liver microsomes (MIC), and phosphatidylcholine (PC) liposomes, as well as its effect on the activity of pro-oxidant enzymes such as constitutive neuronal nitric oxide synthase (cnNOS), xanthine oxidase (XO) and myeloperoxidase(More)
Calendula officinalis (marigold) has many pharmacological properties. It is used for the treatment of skin disorders, pain and also as a bactericide, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and reactive nitrogen species (RNS) are known to participate in the pathogenesis of various human diseases and may be involved in the conditions(More)
Chromobacterium violaceum presents a distinctive phenotypic characteristic, the production of a deep violet pigment named violacein. Although the physiological function of this pigment is not well understood, the sequencing of the genome of this bacterium has given some insight into the mechanisms and control of violacein production. It was found that(More)
Gallic acid and gallates with the same number of hydroxyl groups and varying the length of the side carbon chain, with respective lipophilicity being defined through the ClogP values, were examined for their ability to induce apoptosis (through the DNA ladder fragmentation pattern), mitochondrial and cytoplasmic GSH depletion and NF-kappaB activation in(More)