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A novel set of acridinylidene thiazolidinediones and benzylidene thiazolidinediones was synthesized by nucleophilic addition of cyanoacrylates. Some of these compounds were evaluated for their glucose lowering capability and their effects on the triglyceride level in alloxan diabetic mice.
A characteristic feature of Staphylococcus aureus is its ability to acquire resistance to antimicrobial agents. There is a need, therefore, for new approaches to combat this pathogen; for example, employing a combination of plant-derived products and antibiotics to overcome bacterial resistance. Indigofera suffruticosa is a plant popularly used to treat(More)
The antidiabetic effect of Parkinsonia aculeata water soluble fraction (WSF) made of aerial parts of the plant (leaves and flowers) was investigated in alloxan diabetic rats. Its effect was compared with that of insulin (positive control). The physico-metabolic parameters measured were: body weight, food and liquid intake, urinary volume, hepatic glycogen,(More)
LCAT is a -66 kDa-glycoprotein secreted by the liver and catalyzes the formation of most plasma cholesteryl esters. The secondary LCAT deficiency of liver disease generates abnormal lipoprotein particles which have several adverse effects on cellular functions [I]. Although this reduction in LCAT activity may largely reflect low LCAT mass [2], other serum(More)
In response to notification of the capture of a winged triatomine bug by local inhabitants, an epidemiological investigation was investigated in the rural area of the Municipality of Paulínia, São Paulo State (Brazil). This led to the collection of 109 specimens of Triatoma infestans from peridomiciliary breeding sites. Local conditions favored colonization(More)
Little information is available on the lipid changes caused by Schistosoma mansoni reinfection. In this work it was evaluated alteration in the plasma lipids due to one reinfection by Schistosoma mansoni in the non human primate Callithrix jacchus (sagüi). Blood samples from C. jacchus, prior and after 60 days infection and reinfection, were collected by(More)
Human infection with the parasite Schistosoma mansoni is a relatively common occurrence in regions of South America and is associated with liver dysfunction and dyslipoproteinemia. Specifically, the activity of plasma lecithin:cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) activity is reduced, the concentration of plasma cholesterol esters falls, phospholipid(More)
The detection of IgM antibodies for Schistosoma mansoni using gut-associated antigens (IgM-IFT) was compared to the parasitological Kato-Katz method for study of the transmission of schistosomiasis in an urban area in Campinas. About 400 schoolchildren whose ages ranged from 6 to 18 years, were observed for a period of two years. Blood samples on filter(More)
Schistosoma mansoni causes liver disease by inducing granulomatous inflammation. This favors formation of reactive oxygen species, including superoxide ions, hydrogen peroxide and hydroxyl radicals all of which may induce lipid peroxidation. We have evaluated lipid peroxidation in 18 patients with hepatosplenic schistosomiasis mansoni previously treated(More)
Crataeva tapia is a plant popularly used for diabetes treatment, in Brazil. Progressive decline in renal and hepatic functions has been described in patients with diabetes mellitus, and mortality rate is increased in patients with chronic liver and renal disease. This study aimed to evaluate whether Crataeva tapia bark lectin (CrataBL) improves(More)