V. N. Freire

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The seed lectin from Canavalia gladiata was purified and crystallized. Orthorhombic crystals belonging to space group C222(1) grew within three weeks at 293 K using the hanging-drop vapour-diffusion method. Using synchrotron X-ray radiation, a complete structural data set was collected at 2.3 A resolution. The preliminary crystal structure of the lectin,(More)
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) involve a complex interplay of both genetic and environmental risk factors, such as prenatal exposure to valproic acid (VPA). Considering the neuroprotective, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of resveratrol (RSV), we investigated the influence of prenatal RSV treatment on social behaviors of a rodent model of autism(More)
Risperidone is an atypical antipsychotic used in the treatment of schizophrenia and of symptoms of irritability associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Its main action mechanism is the blockade of D2-like receptors acting over positive and negative symptoms of schizophrenia with small risk of extrapyramidal symptoms (EPS) at doses corresponding to(More)
Prostate cancer is one of the most common malignant tumors in males and it has become a major worldwide public health problem. This study characterizes the encapsulation of Nor-β-lapachone (NβL) in poly(d,l-lactide-co-glycolide) (PLGA) microcapsules and evaluates the cytotoxicity of the resulting drug-loaded system against metastatic prostate cancer cells.(More)
BACKGROUND The angiotensin-I converting enzyme (ACE) plays a central role in the renin-angiotensin system, acting by converting the hormone angiotensin-I to the active peptide angiotensin-II (Ang-II). More recently, ACE was shown to act as a receptor for Ang-II, and its expression level was demonstrated to be higher in melanoma cells compared to their(More)
UV-vis optical absorption spectra of the antitrypanocidal drug benznidazole solvated in water were measured for various concentrations. The spectra show a prominent peak around 3.80 eV, while deconvolution of the UV-vis optical absorption spectra revealed six bands centered at 3.60, 3.83, 4.15, 4.99, 5.60, and 5.76 eV. Benznidazole electronic transitions(More)
As the dopamine D3R receptor is a promising target for schizophrenia treatment, an improved understanding of the binding of existing antipsychotics to this receptor is crucial for the development of new potent and more selective therapeutic agents. In this work, we have used X-ray cocrystallization data of the antagonist eticlopride bound to D3R as a(More)
Coal ash is a byproduct of mineral coal combustion in thermal power plants. This residue is responsible for many environmental problems because it pollutes soil, water, and air. Thus, it is important to find ways to reuse it. In this study, coal fly ash, obtained from the Presidente Médici Thermal Power Plant, was utilized in the preparation of ceramic(More)