José Quintana

José Quintana
Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria | ULPGC · Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Physiology, Genetics and Immunology

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Synthetic flavonoids with new substitution patterns have attracted attention as potential anticancer drugs. Here, twelve chalcones were synthesized and their antiproliferative activities against five human tumour cells were evaluated. This series of chalcone derivatives was characterized by the presence of an additional aromatic or heterocyclic rin...
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The World Health Organization reported that approximately 324,000 new cases of melanoma skin cancer were diagnosed worldwide in 2020. The incidence of melanoma has been increasing over the past decades. Targeting apoptotic pathways is a potential therapeutic strategy in the transition to preclinical models and clinical trials. Some naturally occurr...
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A series of new hydroxylated chalcone derivatives with different substitution patterns on a phenyl ring A and B, were prepared by Claisen–Schmidt condensation in an aqueous alkaline base. The antiproliferative activity of the studied compounds was evaluated against the human leukaemia cell line U-937. The structure-activity relationship of these na...
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Ethanol has been shown to exhibit therapeutic properties as an ablative agent alone and in combination with thermal ablation. Ethanol may also increase sensitivity of cancer cells to certain physical and chemical antitumoral agents. The aim of our study was to assess the potential influence of nontoxic concentrations of ethanol on hyperthermia ther...
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Guaiane-type sesquiterpene lactones are naturally occurring compounds which have attracted attention due to their array of biological activities. In this study, chlorinated guaianolides 1–8, isolated from plants of the genus Centaurea, were evaluated against the human leukemia cell lines HL-60, U-937, a specific U-937 cell line that overexpresses t...
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Melatonin is present in all living organisms where it displays a diversity of physiological functions. Attenuation of melanogenesis by melatonin has been reported in some mammals and also in rodent melanoma cells. However, melatonin may also stimulate melanogenesis in human melanoma cells through mechanisms that have not yet been revealed. Using th...
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Induction of apoptosis is a common chemotherapeutic mechanism to kill cancer cells The thiazole system has been reported over the past decades as a building block for the preparation of anticancer agents. A novel series of 2-arylalkylamino-4-amino-5-(3′,4′,5′-trimethoxybenzoyl)-thiazole derivatives designed as dual inhibitors of tubulin and cyclin-...
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Spiciformin (1) is a sesquiterpene lactone with a germacrane skeleton that is found in two Tanacetum species endemic to the Canary Islands. In this study, the cytotoxicities of 1 and its acetyl derivative (2) were evaluated against human tumor cells. These sesquiterpene lactones were cytotoxic against human acute myeloid leukemia (U-937 and HL-60)...
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Synthetic flavonoids containing a naphthalene ring have attracted attention as potential cytotoxic compounds. Here, we synthesized ten chalcones and their corresponding flavanones and evaluated their antiproliferative activity against the human tumour cell line U-937. This series of chalcone derivatives was characterized by the presence of a naphth...
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BCR-ABL1-STAT5 is an oncogenic signaling pathway in human chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) and it represents a valid target for anti-CML drug design. Resistance to direct BCR-ABL1 inhibitors is a common clinical issue, so STAT5 inhibition has become an interesting alternative target. In this study, the effects of NPQC6, a novel naphtoquinone-coum...
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In this study, we investigated the effects of synthetic 6′-benzyloxy-4-bromo-2′-hydroxychalcone on viabilities of seven human leukaemia cells. It was cytotoxic against U-937, HL-60, K-562, NALM-6, MOLT-3 cells, and also against Bcl-2-overexpressing U-937/Bcl-2 cells and P-glycoprotein-overexpressing K-562/ADR, but had no significant cytotoxic effec...
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Inhibition of microtubule function using tubulin targeting agents has received growing attention in the last several decades. The indole scaffold has been recognized as an important scaffold in the design of novel compounds acting as antimitotic agents. Indole-based chalcones, in which one of the aryl rings was replaced by an indole, have been expl...
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Study of the aerial parts of the two species of Ageratina: A. dictyoneura and A. illita afforded four new ent-labdane diterpenoids (1–4). Two known labdanes: 2β,3α,15-trihydroxy-ent-labd-7-ene (5), and 2β,3α-trihydroxy-ent-labd-7-en-15-oic acid (6); two sesquiterpene lactones: 8β-hydroxy-β-cyclocostunolide (7) and eupatoriopicrin (8), one benzofura...
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Aim: 6,7-dehydroroyleanone (DHR) is a cytotoxic abietane present in the essential oil of Plectranthus madagascariensis. Methods/results: Different extraction parameters were tested, and its extraction optimization was accomplished with a Clevenger apparatus-based hydrodistillation. After isolation, its effect on microtubules, P-glycoprotein and...
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The combination of two pharmacophores into a single molecule represents one of the methods that can be adopted for the synthesis of new anticancer molecules. To investigate the influence of the position of the pyridine nitrogen on biological activity, two different series of α-bromoacryloylamido indolyl pyridinyl propenones 3a–h and 4a–d were desig...
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Flavonoids are phenolic substances that appear to exert beneficial effects in several chronic diseases, including cancer. Structure-activity relationships of the cytotoxic activity of a series of flavonols and their 3-methyl ether derivatives established that 3'-hydroxy-3,4'-dimethoxyflavone (flavonoid 11) displayed strong cytotoxicity against huma...
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Flavonoids are naturally occurring polyphenolic compounds and are among the most promising anticancer agents. A series of flavonols and their 3-methyl ether derivatives were synthesized and assessed for cytotoxicity. It was found that 3'-hydroxy-3,4'-dimethoxyflavone (flavonoid 7a) displayed strong cytotoxicity against human SK-MEL-1 melanoma cells...
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In this study, we investigated the effects of synthetic 3',4'-dibenzyloxyflavonol on viabilities of eight human tumor cells. It was cytotoxic against leukemia cells (HL-60, U-937, MOLT-3, K-562, NALM-6, Raji), with significant effects against P-glycoprotein-overexpressing K-562/ADR and Bcl-2-overexpressing U-937/Bcl-2 cells, but had no significant...
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Melatonin is an endogenous indoleamine with a wide range of biological functions. In addition to modulating circadian rhythms, it plays important roles in the health as an antioxidant. Melatonin has also the ability to induce apoptosis in cancer cells and to enhance the antitumoral activity of chemotherapeutic agents. In the present study, the effe...
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Flavonoids have attracted great interest due to their possible anticancer activities. Here we investigated the antiproliferative activity of the flavonoids isolated from Baccharis scandens against human leukemia cell lines and found that the methoxyflavonoid gardenin B was the most cytotoxic compound against HL-60 and U-937 cells, showing IC50 valu...
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Investigation of the aerial parts of two Spanish members of the Asteriscus alliance, Asteriscus graveolens subsp. stenophyllus and Asteriscus schultzii, afforded four new sesquiterpene lactones containing a humulene skeleton (1-4) and one new sesquiterpene lactone of the asteriscanolide type (5). Their chemical structures were determined on the bas...
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Abietane diterpenes have attracted much attention because they display a wide range of biological activities, including antitumor activities. These compounds are the most diverse of the diterpenoids isolated from species of Plectranthus. Naturally occurring diterpene parvifloron D is the main phytochemical constituent of Plectranthus ecklonii. To e...
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In this study the cytotoxicities of two species of Tanacetum were evaluated against human tumor cells. Tanacetum oshanahanii extract was more cytotoxic than Tanacetum ptarmiciflorum. Analyses of both extracts of Tanacetum by ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry revealed that T. oshanahanii extract contains the eudesm...
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Eupatorin is a naturally occurring flavone that inhibits cell proliferation in human tumor cells. Here we demonstrate that eupatorin arrests cells at the G2-M phase of the cell cycle and induces apoptotic cell death involving activation of multiple caspases, mitochondrial release of cytochrome c and poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase cleavage in human leu...
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In the present study, the cytotoxicity of 30 diterpenoids with an abietane or a halimane skeleton was determined against five human tumor cell lines (HL-60, U937, Molt-3, SK-MEL-1, and MCF-7). Diterpenoids containing an abietane skeleton including taxodone (1) and taxodione (2), as well as the semisynthetic derivatives 12, 14, 15, 17, and 22, were...
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Flavonoids are naturally occurring polyphenolic compounds which display a vast array of biological activities. In this study, we investigated the effects of tamarixetin on viability of human tumor cell lines and found that it was cytotoxic against leukemia cells and in particular P-glycoprotein-overexpressing K562/ADR cells. This compound inhibited...
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Melatonin is a naturally occurring indoleamine synthesized in the pineal gland that exhibits an extensive repertoire of biological activities. An increasing number of studies indicate that melatonin protects normal cells, while it reducing cancer cell proliferation. In this study, we investigated the effect of melatonin on the growth of the human l...
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Here we demonstrate that the semi-synthetic flavonoid ayanin diacetate induces cell death selectively in leukemia cells without affecting the proliferation of normal lymphocytes. Incubation of human leukemia cells with ayanin diacetate induced G(2)-M phase cell cycle arrest and apoptosis which was prevented by the non-specific caspase inhibitor z-V...
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A new class of methyl esters of flavonoids, with different substituents on the B ring were synthesized and evaluated for their antiproliferative activity against the human leukemia cell line HL-60. The presence of either a methyl group (1f) or a chlorine atom (1o) at position 2' of the B ring played an important role in affecting antiproliferative...
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Phytochemical research of the aerial parts of Centaurea omphalotricha led to the isolation of three new sesquiterpene lactones, 4'-acetyl cynaropicrin, 4'-acetyl cebellin F and 15-acetyl dehydromelitensin, together with twelve known compounds, seven sesquiterpene lactones, two isoprenoids and three flavonoids. The structures of the new compounds we...
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Two new compounds, the sesquiterpene (1E,5E)-8β-acetoxy-4α-hydroxy-7βH-germacra-1(10),5-dien-14-oic acid (2), and a nor-sesquiterpene, (5E)-8β-acetoxy-4α-hydroxy-7βH-germacr-5-en-10-one (3), were isolated from Pulicaria canariensis ssp. lanata, along with ten known compounds, including the flavonoid 5,3'-dihydroxy-3,7,4'-trimethoxyflavone (4). From...
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Flavonoids are polyphenolic compounds which display a vast array of biological activities and are among the most promising anti-cancer agents. The derivative of quercetin, 5,7,3'-trihydroxy-3,4'-dimethoxyflavone (THDF), is a natural flavonoid that inhibits cell proliferation and induces apoptosis in human leukemia cells. Here we show that THDF indu...
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Four new steroidal glycosides such as 3-O-6-deoxy-3-O-methyl-β-d-allopyranosyl-(1 → 4)-β-d-oleandropyranosyl-(1 → 4)-β-d-cymaropyranosyl-(1 → 4)-β-d-cymaropyranoside-12-β-tigloyl-14-β-hydroxy-17-β-pregnane (1), 3-O-6-deoxy-3-O-methyl-β-d-allopyranosyl-(1 → 4)-β-d-oleandropyranosyl-(1 → 4)-β-d-cymaropyranosyl-(1 → 4)-β-d-cymaropyranoside-12-β-(2'-am...
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Flavonoids are polyphenolic compounds which display a vast array of biological activities and are promising anticancer agents. In this study we investigated the effect of 5,7,3'-trihydroxy-3,4'-dimethoxyflavone (THDF) on viability of nine human tumor cell lines and found that it was highly cytotoxic against leukemia cells. THDF induced G(2)-M phase...
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Sesquiterpene lactones have attracted much attention because they display a wide range of biological activities, including antitumor properties. Here, we show the effects of the naturally occurring sesquiterpene lactone asteriscunolide A (AS) on viability of human melanoma, leukemia and cells that overexpress antiapoptotic proteins, namely Bcl-2 an...
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Melatonin is an indoleamine synthesized in the pineal gland, and after its release into the blood, it has an extensive repertoire of biological activities, including antitumoral properties. In this study, we found that melatonin reduced the growth of the human melanoma cells SK-MEL-1. The antiproliferative effect was associated with an alteration i...
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A new acylated flavonoid glucoside named algerianin 1 and a new as natural product, 4′-methyl gossypetin 2, together with 10 known compounds, isovanillic acid ethyl ester, β-sitosterol, β-sitosterol 3-O-glucoside, a mixture of α and β-amyrin, 3′-hydroxyflindulatin, chrysoeriol, jaceidin, corniculatusin and centaurein were isolated from the ethanoli...
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Betuletol 3-methyl ether (BME) is a natural phenylbenzo-gamma-pyrone that inhibits cell proliferation in human tumor cell lines and induces apoptotic cell death in HL-60 cells. Here we show that BME displays strong cytotoxic properties in several human leukemia cell lines (U937, K-562, THP-1, Jurkat, and Molt-3) and in cells that over-express two a...
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Four new sesquiterpene lactones (1-4) and a new sesquiterpene (5) together with 20 known compounds were isolated from two Gonospermum species (G. gomerae Bolle and G. fruticosum Less). Their structures were determined by analysis of spectroscopic data, including 1D and 2D NMR. The cytotoxicity of several new and known natural and semisynthetic sesq...
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In this study, we investigated the effect of three synthetic alpha-methylene-gamma-butyrolactones (MBL) on viability of 10 human tumor cell lines and found that these lactones were highly cytotoxic against leukemia cells. Studies performed on HL-60 cells indicate that MBL induce G(2)-M arrest and apoptosis through a caspase-dependent mechanism. Apo...
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In the present study we demonstrated that the flavonoid derivative trifolin acetate (TA), obtained by acetylation of naturally occurring trifolin, induces apoptosis. Associated downstream signaling events were also investigated. TA-induced cell death was prevented by the non-specific caspase inhibitor z-VAD-fmk and reduced by the presence of the se...
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The flavonoids kaempferol, quercetin, trifolin, hyperoside 2''- and 6''- acetates, 7-glucotrifolin, biorobin and robinin were isolated from the aerial parts of Consolida oliveriana. Their derivatives kaempferol tetraacetate, quercetin pentaacetate, trifolin heptaacetate and hyperoside octaacetate exhibited significant cytotoxicity IN VITRO against...
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This study was carried out to assess the cytotoxicity of several new synthetic steroidal saponins against the human myeloid leukemia cell lines (HL-60 and U937) and against human melanoma cells (SK-MEL-1). Several diosgenyl glycosides analyzed showed strong cell growth inhibition which was associated with alterations in cell cycle progression and i...
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A new phytosphingosine-type ceramide, suillumide (1), was isolated from the EtOH extract of the basidiomycete Suillus luteus (L.) S. F. Gray, along with ten known compounds: ergosta-4,6,8(14),22-tetraen-3-one, ergosterol, ergosterol peroxide, suillin, (E)-3,4,5-trimethoxycinnamic alcohol, 5 alpha,6 alpha-epoxyergosta-8,22-diene-3beta,7 beta-diol, (...
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Flavonoids are polyphenolic compounds that are ubiquitously in plants and display a vast array of biological activities. Here we have studied the effect of the phenylbenzo-gamma-pyrone-derivative quercetin 3-methyl ether tetracetate (QD), obtained by acetylation of the natural product quercetin 3-methyl ether, on cell viability of human leukemia HL...
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An ethanolic extract of the aerial parts of Matricaria Chamomilla L. collected at Oued Tonga near El-Kala is eastern Argelia yielded two new substances named matricolone and chamolol, together with four known compounds. The structure of the new compounds were determined by chemical transformations and NMR spectroscopy with 1H-1H (COSY and ROESY), 1...
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Melatonin is an indoleamine that is synthesized in the pineal gland and has an extensive repertoire of biological activities. In the present study, we found that melatonin reduced the growth of the human myeloid leukemia cells HL-60, inhibiting progression from G(1) to S phase of the cell cycle and increasing apoptotic cell death. Furthermore, mela...
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We have analyzed the cytotoxicity of 22 compounds with a phenylbenzo-gamma-pirone core structure, most of them obtained from natural sources, in five human tumor cell lines (HL-60, A431, SK-OV-3, HeLa and HOS). Betuletol 3-methyl ether and its diacetate were the most cytotoxic compounds. The HL-60 cell line was especially sensitive to these compoun...
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Two new long-chain ceramides, trametenamides A (1) and B (2), were isolated from the methanolic extract of the fruiting body of the fungus Trametes menziesii. The structures were elucidated by spectroscopic analyses and chemical transformations, and the absolute stereochemistry of trametenamide B (2) was determined by stereoselective total synthesi...
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Two new compounds, dracol (= (3R)-2,3-dihydro-3,5-dihydroxy-7-methoxy-3-[(4-methoxyphenyl)methyl]-8-methyl-4H-[1]benzopyran-4-one; 1) and icodeside (= (1beta,3beta,23S,24S)-3,23-dihydroxy-1-{[2-O-(2,3,4-tri-O-acetyl-alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyl)-alpha-L-arabinopyranosyl]oxy}spirosta-5,25(27)-dien-24-yl alpha-L-arabinopyranoside; 2), were isolated from t...
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Thirteen new sesquiterpenes, pulicanadiene A (1), B (2), and C (3), pulicanone (4), pulicanol (5), pulicanarals A (6), B (7), and C (8), pulicanadienals A (9) and B (10), pulicanadienol (11), and pulioplopanones A (12) and B (13), and seven known compounds, stigmasterol, ergosterol peroxide, calenduladiol, 7,4'-di-O-methyldihydrokaempferol, 5,7-dih...
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A formylated triterpene named cladocalol has been isolated from the leaves of Eucalyptus cladocalyx, together with ursulolactone acetate, ursolic acid, 3 beta-acetate-12,20(29)-lupadien-28-oic acid, beta-sitosterol and the known flavonoid eucalyptine. Their structures were mainly established by extensive NMR studies (1H NMR, 13C NMR, DEPT, 1H-1H CO...
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A new lanostanoid triterpene, 3-oxosulfurenic acid (1), together with three known triterpenes (3, 4, and 7) were isolated from the fruit bodies of Laetiporus sulphureus. Cytotoxicity of these compounds and their derivatives (2, 5, and 6) was evaluated on HL-60 cells. Further studies revealed that acetyl eburicoic acid (5) was the most potent apopto...
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This paper reports on the cytotoxic effect induced by a new natural steroidal saponin, icogenin, on the myeloid leukemia cell line HL-60. Icogenin was found to be a cytotoxic compound IC(50) 2.6+/-0.9microM at 72h, with growth inhibition caused by the induction of apoptosis, as determined by microscopy of nuclear changes and the fragmentation of po...
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In this paper we report the isolation and structural elucidation of a new flavonoid (1) and three known compounds, 6,8-di-C-methylkaempferol 3-methyl ether (2), oleanolic acid, and 2 alpha,3 beta-dihydroxyurs-12-en-28-oic acid, from aerial parts of Eucalyptus occidentalis collected in Algeria. Flavonoids 1 and 2 were used to study their biological...
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Two new compounds 1 and 2, together with the known sterols ergosterol, 5,6-dehydroergosterol, and ergosterol peroxide, and four polyoxygenated lanostanoid triterpenes named applanoxidic acid A (3), C (4), F (5), and G (6) were isolated from the fungus Ganoderma australe. The structures of the new compounds were elucidated by means of spectroscopic...
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Compounds 9 and 13 were synthesized, and their structures and stereochemistry were elucidated by spectroscopic methods. In competition binding experiments, specific [(3)H]-PGE(2) binding was significantly displaced by compound 9 and, to a lesser extent, by 13, in a dose-dependent manner. The biological properties of compound 9 were studied on HL-60...
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Compounds 9 and 13 were synthesized, and their structures and stereochemistry were elucidated by spectro-scopic methods. In competition binding experiments, specific [ 3 H]-PGE2 binding was significantly displaced by compound 9 and, to a lesser extent, by 13, in a dose-dependent manner. The biological properties of compound 9 were studied on HL-60...
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This paper studies the cytotoxic effect induced by four known natural sesquiterpene lactones (tatridin A, tamirin, reynosin, ineupatorolide A) and one synthetic derivative (tatridin A diacetate) on the myeloid leukemia cell lines HL-60 and U937. Tatridin A diacetate and ineupatorolide A were found to be the most cytotoxic compounds with growth inhi...
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Previous studies have reported that melatonin protects cells and tissues against stressful stimuli. In the present study using HL-60 cells, we show that cells acquire increased resistance to apoptosis normally induced by heat shock when they are incubated with melatonin. This effect of melatonin is saturable at nanomolar concentrations and appears...