Victor Lopez

Victor Lopez
Universidad San Jorge | USJ · Departamento de Farmacia

MPharm PhD

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Introduction
Functional foods; bioactive compounds; natural products; medicinal plants; antioxidants; polyphenols; essential oils
Additional affiliations
September 2014 - present
Universidad San Jorge
Position
  • Professor (Associate)
September 2013 - present
Universidad San Jorge
Position
  • Associate Professor: Pharmaceutical Sciences
July 2012 - August 2013
University of Copenhagen
Position
  • PostDoc Position
Education
July 2012 - August 2013
September 2004 - December 2009
September 1999 - June 2004

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Publications (99)
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Thymoquinone (TQ) is a secondary metabolite found in abundance in very few plant species including Nigella sativa L., Monarda fistulosa L., Thymus vulgaris L. and Satureja montana L. Preclinical pharmacological studies have shown that TQ has many biological activities, such as anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and anticancer. Both in vivo and in vitro...
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The flowers of Borago officinalis L. (Boraginaceae), commonly known as borage, are widely used as a culinary ingredient. The aim of this study was to assess the potential benefits of fresh borage flower extract related to antioxidant, neuroprotective and anti-aging properties. The extract was obtained by Soxhlet extraction with ethanol as a solvent...
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Helichrysum stoechas (L.) Moench (H. stoechas) is a medicinal plant traditionally used in the Iberian Peninsula to treat different disorders such as arterial hypertension. The aim of this study was to investigate the vascular effects of a polyphenolic methanolic extract of H. stoechas, which has high antioxidant activity, and its mechanism of actio...
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Ethnopharmacological relevance Ylang-ylang essential oil (YEO), obtained from the flowers of the tropical tree Cananga odorata (Lam.) Hook. f. & Thomson (family Annonaceae), has been largely used in the traditional medicine with many uses, including anxiety and altered neuronal states. Neuropathic pain is a chronic pain condition with a high incide...
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Background: Solvent-free microwave-assisted extraction (MAE) is a green extraction capable of boosting the yield and quality profile of hemp essential oil when compared with other conventional extraction techniques. During this process, two by-products are produced, namely the aqueous residue containing bioactive phenolics, and the residual deterp...
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Black mulberry, Morus nigra L. (family: Moraceae), is a healthy food and medicinal plant. Microwave hydrodiffusion and gravity (MHG) is one of the most innovative applications of solvent-free microwave extraction. The aim of this study was to optimize for the first time the MHG solvent-free extraction of polyphenols and sugars from M. nigra fruits....
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South African rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) tea is globally consumed for its health benefits and caffeine free nature, but no information is available on the neuroprotective capacity of (unfermented) green rooibos....
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Pteridophytes, represented by ferns and allies, are an important phytogenetic bridge between lower and higher plants. Ferns have evolved independently of any other species in the plant kingdom being its secondary metabolism a reservoir of phytochemicals characteristic of this taxon. The study of the potential uses of Polypodium vulgare L. ( Polypod...
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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder, where social and communication deficits and repetitive behaviors are present. Plant-derived bioactives have shown promising results in the treatment of autism. In this sense, this review is aimed at providing a careful view on the use of plant-derived bioactive molecules for the treat...
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Nature is an inexhaustible source of bioactive compounds and products with interesting medicinal properties and technological applications [...]
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In traditional medicine, Jasonia glutinosa (L.) DC or rock tea (RT) has been mainly used to treat digestive and respiratory pathologies but also as an antimicrobial or an antidepressant herbal remedy. An ethanolic extract of RT has been demonstrated to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, which may be explained by its phytochemical profi...
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The genus Cinnamomum includes a number of plant species largely used as food, food additives and spices for a long time. Different traditional healing systems have used these plants as herbal remedies to cure diverse ailments. The aim of this comprehensive and updated review is to summarize the biodiversity of the genus Cinnamomum, its bioactive co...
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The myrrh-like furanosesquiterpene isofuranodiene (IFD) is the main constituent of wild celery (Smyrnium olusatrum L., Apiaceae), an overlooked vegetable that was cultivated during the Roman Empire. In the present study, we investigated the protective effects of IFD pre-treatment against oxidative stress and inflammatory response in an animal model...
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Chalcones are amongst the leading bioactive flavonoids with a therapeutic potential implicated to an array of bioactivities investigated by a series of preclinical and clinical studies. In this article, different scientific databases were searched to retrieve studies depicting the biological activities of chalcones and their derivatives. This revie...
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The long-term use of anxiolytic and antidepressant drugs can cause a plethora of side effects and the use of complementary and alternative medicine, which is generally considered safer than conventional medicine, is consistently increasing. Helichrysum stoechas (L.) Moench methanolic extract (HSE) has shown MAO-A inhibitory properties in previous s...
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Jasonia glutinosa (L.) DC., known as rock tea (RT), is traditionally used in Spain as a digestive due to its beneficial properties in bowel disorders. The pharmacological nature of these properties has not been established yet. The aim of this work was to evaluate the therapeutic utility of RT in experimental colitis and to identify chemical consti...
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Jasonia glutinosa (L.) DC., also known in Spain as “té de roca” (rock tea, RT), is an endemic plant species of the Iberian Peninsula and Southern France. Traditionally, it is used in infusions, prepared with the flowering aerial parts, as a digestive and anti-inflammatory herbal tea. Despite the traditional knowledge of this plant as a digestive af...
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Rosmarinus officinalis L., commonly known as rosemary, has been largely studied for its wide use as food ingredient and medicinal plant; less attention has been given to its edible flowers, being necessary to evaluate their potential as functional foods or nutraceuticals. To achieve that, the phenolic profile of the ethanolic extract of R. officina...
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Matthiola incana (L.) R. Br. (Brassicaceae) is widely cultivated for ornamental purposes and utilized as a medicinal plant. In the present work, the hydroalcoholic extract from the aerial parts of this species has been evaluated in different bioassays in order to detect potential pharmacological applications. The cytotoxic capacity against the huma...
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The phytochemical profile of the methanolic extracts (pulp and peel) obtained from two dehydration methods (drying and freeze-lyophilization) of the traditional Italian apple Mela Rosa dei Monti Sibillini, as well as their inhibitory properties against some biological enzymes (α-glucosidase, lipase, monoamine oxidase A, tyrosinase and acetylcholine...
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Diabetes mellitus is a chronic metabolic disease characterized by high blood glucose concentration. Nowadays, type 2 diabetes or insulin resistant diabetes is the most common diabetes, mainly due to unhealthy lifestyle. Healthy habits like appropriate nutritional approaches or the consumption of certain natural products or food supplements have bee...
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Urolithin A is a metabolite generated from ellagic acid and ellagitannins by the intestinal microbiota after consumption of fruits such as pomegranates or strawberries. The objective of this study was to determine the cytoprotective capacity of this polyphenol in Neuro-2a cells subjected to oxidative stress, as well as its direct radical scavenging...
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Anthocyanins are plant pigments present in flowers, leaves or fruits with polyphenolic structure belonging to the group of flavonoids. From a nutritional approach, they are the most abundant flavonoids in dietary sources responsible for the antioxidant properties of those foods. In addition, the food and pharma industry has used anthocyanins as foo...
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This study was undertaken to evaluate the nutraceutical potential of the Mela Rosa dei Monti Sibillini (MR), an ancient apple variety of the Sibillini Mountains, central Italy. The chemical profile of the apple's polyphenolic-rich extract (MRE) obtained from first- and second-choice samples using the Amberlite® XAD7HP resin was analyzed by High Per...
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Una sociedad inclusiva asegura a todas las personas las oportunidades y recursos necesarios para participar plenamente en la vida económica, social, política y cultural. Una persona vulnerable es aquella que padece una debilidad (familiar, relacional, socio-económica…) que hace que se encuentre en una situación de riesgo de exclusión social. Las pe...
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Date (Phoenix dactylifera L.) seeds are a valuable and abundant by-product with various potential food applications and source of functional and bioactive ingredients. In this study, date seeds from eight cultivars (Ourous “OUR”, Tazizaout “TAZ”, Tazarzeit “TAR”, Tazoughart “TAG”, Ouaouchet “OUC”, Oukasaba “OUK”, Delat “DEL” and Tamezwertn’telet “T...
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Developing effective and eco-friendly antiparasitic drugs and insecticides is an issue of high importance nowadays. In this study, we evaluated the anthelminthic and insecticidal potential of the leaf essential oil obtained from Origanum syriacum against the L3 larvae of the parasitic nematode Anisakis simplex and larvae and adults of the mosquito...
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Arctium species are known for a variety of pharmacological effects due to their diverse volatile and non-volatile secondary metabolites. Representatives of Arctium species contain non-volatile compounds including lignans, fatty acids, acetylenic compounds, phytosterols, polysaccharides, caffeoylquinic acid derivatives, flavonoids, terpenes/terpenoi...
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Different Viola species are known for their traditional use as analgesic, antitussive, febrifuge, hipnotic, analgesic and anti-inflammatory medicinal agents. Additionally, they are considered edible flowers in certain cultures. Thus, the aim of this work was to characterize the phenolic composition and to assess the neuroprotective properties of Vi...
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Low treatment efficacy represents an important unmet need in neuropathic pain patients and there is an urgent need to develop a more effective pharmacotherapy. An increasing number of patients choose complementary medicine to relieve pain. Lavender essential oil (LEO) is approved by the European Medicines Agency as herbal medicine to relieve anxiet...
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Studies in animal models of diabetes and obesity have shown that resveratrol mitigates complications of metabolic diseases, beyond those resulting from oxidative stress. Furthermore, results obtained with cultured preadipocytes have also revealed that prolonged resveratrol treatment impairs adipogenesis. Considering the role of adipocytes in the hy...
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The juices of berries or red fruits are appreciated as a source of antioxidants with potential health effects. However, they are rich in carbohydrates, an aspect that could be considered negative in view of diabetes and obesity epidemics. Indeed, it is the high polyphenol content of these beverages that is beneficial. When drinking such natural bev...
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The epithelial intermediate-conductance calcium/calmodulin-regulated KCa3.1 channel is considered to be a regulator of intestine function by controlling chloride secretion and water/salt balance. Yet, little is known about the functional importance of KCa3.1 in the intestinal epithelium in vivo. Our objective was to determine the impact of epitheli...
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Ferns are poorly explored species from a pharmaceutical perspective compared to other terrestrial plants. In this work, the antioxidant and tyrosinase inhibitory activities of hydrophilic and lipophilic extracts, together with total polyphenol content, were evaluated in order to explore the potential cosmetic applications of four Spanish ferns coll...
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Cyanidin and chlorogenic acid are polyphenols from plant origin that are present in many common fruits, particularly in berries. To corroborate the protective or detrimental effects of both compounds from a neuro-inflammatory perspective, in vitro experiments were carried out in human astrocytes (U-373). Astrocytes were pre-treated with a range of...
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Tagetes erecta L. has long been consumed for culinary and medicinal purposes in different countries. The aim of this study was to explore the potential benefits from two cultivars of T. erecta related to its polyphenolic profile as well as antioxidant and anti-aging properties. The phenolic composition was analyzed by LC-DAD-ESI/MSn. Folin-Ciocalte...
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Cyanidin-3-O-glucoside, also known as kuromanin, is one of the most important anthocyanins in nature. The scope of this paper is to discuss the potential role of this anthocyanin as therapeutic agent to prevent or treat chronic diseases in which oxidative stress may be involved through a modulation of certain enzymes. The inhibitory potential of cy...
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Sour cherry (Prunus cerasus L.) juice is a relevant source of polyphenols and antioxidants. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the protective effects and mechanism of action of sour cherry juice under oxidative stress conditions using hydrogen peroxide as neurotoxic agent in the SH-SY5Y cell line. Cells were pre-treated with the juice for 24...
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Blueberry and cranberry are fruits with high polyphenol content, particularly anthocyanins. As cyanidin derivatives have been identified as one of the most representative polyphenols in berry juices, cyanidin has been designated for a better comparison and understanding of the potential neuroprotection of juices obtained from two Vaccinium species....
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The article Green drugs in the fight against Anisakis simplex—larvicidal activity and acetylcholinesterase inhibition of Origanum compactum essential oil, written by Víctor López, María Cascella, Giovanni Benelli, Filippo Maggi, Carlota Gómez-Rincón.
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The link between obesity-induced systemic inflammation and decreased insulin signalling is well-known. It is also known that peripherally produced inflammatory cytokines can cross the blood-brain barrier, resulting in the release of neurotoxins that can ultimately lead to the demise of central nervous system integrity. A high-mesembrine Sceletium t...
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Anisakiasis is a fish-borne parasitic disease caused by the consumption of raw or undercooked fish, as well as cephalopods, contaminated by third instar larvae (L3) of species belonging to the genus Anisakis (Anisakidae). Origanum compactum is a small herbaceous aromatic plant endemic to Spain and Morocco. In Morocco, the plant is used under infusi...
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Ethnopharmacological relevance: pomegranate fruit is considered an antidiabetic medicine in certain systems of traditional medicine. In addition, pomegranate polyphenols are known as powerful antioxidants with beneficial effects such as the reduction of oxidative / inflammatory stress and the increase of protective signalling such as antioxidant e...
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Cranberry (Vaccinium macrocarpon) and blueberry (Vaccinium myrtillus) juices are commonly consumed as a source of antioxidants. The aim of this manuscript was to compare bioactivities as well as the differences in polyphenol content and anthocyanin profile of both juices. Polyphenol and anthocyanin content was quantified using spectrophotometric an...
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Helichrysum stoechas (L.) Moench is one of the scientific names of everlasting flower, which has traditionally been used as an ornamental, medicinal and food plant. The aim of this study was to identify the main phytochemical constituents as well as to evaluate the potential of this plant in terms of antioxidant, antidiabetic and neuroprotective ac...
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Lavender essential oil is traditionally used and approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA) as herbal medicine to relieve stress and anxiety. Some animal and clinical studies reveal positive results in models of anxiety and depression although very little research has been done on molecular mechanisms. Our work consisted of evaluating the effe...
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Introducción El arándano rojo americano o “cranberry” (Vaccinium macrocarpon Aiton) y arándano azul o mirtilo (Vaccinium myrtillus L.) son frutos con un alto contenido en polifenoles con potencial antioxidante. El estrés oxidativo (desequilibrio entre radicales libres/antioxidantes) contribuye a la patogenia de enfermedades neurodegenerativas. El u...
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Introducción El zumo de granada (Punica granatum) es una bebida con propiedades nutricionales beneficiosas para la salud por su gran poder antioxidante y por su alto contenido en polifenoles, donde destacan las punicalaginas y el ácido elágico. Objetivo Evaluar las propiedades del zumo y sus principales polifenoles sobre el tejido adiposo de ratón...
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Pomegranate juice (PJ) is a beverage with potential beneficial effects due to its high content of polyphenols. The objective of this study is to explore at a molecular level the direct properties of PJ and its two main polyphenolic components, punicalagin and ellagic acid, on adipocyte functions. Increasing doses of PJ were tested using radiometric...
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Cotoneaster pannosus (Rosaceae) is a semievergreen shrub, producing globose dark red pomes, native to China and widely used as ornamental plant all over the world. Despite its extensive cultivation, little information is available on the chemical composition and biological activities of its fruits. In this work, we analysed the chemical composition...
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Ageing is a pro-inflammatory state, caused in part by compromised neutrophil mobility and directional inaccuracy.1 The interlinked nature of oxidative stress and inflammation – especially in the context of ageing/accelerated ageing – is well documented.2 We have previously demonstrated potent anti-inflammatory activity of grape seed-derived polyphe...
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We have previously shown a crude extract of Sceletium tortuosum (L.) N.E. Brown [Aizoaceae] to have anxiolytic effects in rats [1]. However, the exact mechanisms of this plant medicine have not been investigated comprehensively. Our aim was to elucidate its mechanisms of action in both the neuroendocrine and inflammatory immune systems, as both are...
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Introduction: Jasonia glutinosa is an endemic plant species of the Iberian Peninsula and Southern France traditionally used in infusions as a spasmolytic; this plant is also known as “té de roca” (rock tea) but there is no scientific evidence about the effects of this plant. Aim: To evaluate the spasmolytic effect of rock tea. Methods: We have stud...