Vânia Cristina Desoti

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Natural compounds have shown good potential for the discovery of new chemotherapeutics for the treatment of Chagas' disease. Recently, our group reported the effective trypanocidal activity of (-)-elatol, extracted from the red macroalgae Laurencia dendroidea present in the Brazilian coast against Trypanosoma cruzi. However, the mechanism of action of this(More)
Here we demonstrate the activity of geranylgeraniol, the major bioactive constituent from seeds of Bixa orellana, against Leishmania amazonensis. Geranylgeraniol was identified through (1)H and (13)C nuclear magnetic resonance imaging and DEPT. The compound inhibited the promastigote and intracellular amastigote forms, with IC(50) of 11 ± 1.0 and 17.5 ± 0.7(More)
Leishmaniasis is a disease that affects millions of people worldwide. The drugs that are available for the treatment of this infection exhibit high toxicity and various side effects. Several studies have focused on the development of new chemotherapeutic agents that are less toxic and more effective against trypanosomatids. We investigated the effects of(More)
In this study, we synthesized a series of 1,3,4-thiadiazole derivatives of R-(+)-limonene benzaldehyde-thiosemicarbazones (2a–k). We also determined the cytotoxicity in LLCMK2 cells and the activity against epimastigote and trypomastigote forms of Trypanosoma cruzi, of these synthetic compounds and also of a series of 1,3,4-thiadiazole without the(More)
Chagas' disease, a vector-transmitted infectious disease, is caused by the protozoa parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Drugs that are currently available for the treatment of this disease are unsatisfactory, making the search for new chemotherapeutic agents a priority. We recently described the trypanocidal action of (-)-elatol, extracted from the macroalga(More)
BACKGROUND Chagas' disease is caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi and affects thousands of people worldwide. The available treatments are unsatisfactory, and new drugs must be developed. Our group recently reported the trypanocidal activity of the synthetic compound N-butyl-1-(4-dimethylamino)phenyl-1,2,3,4-tetrahydro-β-carboline-3-carboxamide (C4),(More)
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