Yunierkis Perez Castillo

Yunierkis Perez Castillo
Universidad de Las Américas | UDLA

PhD

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March 2017 - present
Universidad de Las Américas
Position
  • Professor (Full)
September 2015 - February 2017
Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja
Position
  • Professor
January 2010 - July 2013
KU Leuven
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  • PhD Student
Education
January 2010 - July 2013
January 2010 - July 2013
September 1999 - July 2004

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Publications (103)
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Fungal infections, including those caused by Candida spp., are recognized in immunocompromised individuals for their high rates of morbidity and mortality. Microorganism resistance to conventional drugs compromises treatment effectiveness and yet also reveals the need to develop new drugs. In many compounds, nitro groups contribute to antimicrobial...
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Eight gallic acid alkyl esters (1–8) were synthesized via Fischer esterification and evaluated for their trypanocidal and leishmanicidal activity using bloodstream forms of Trypanosoma brucei and promastigotes of Leishmania major. The general cytotoxicity of the esters was evaluated with human HL-60 cells. The compounds displayed moderate to good t...
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A set of twenty-four synthetic derivatives, with coumarin and homoisoflavonoid cores and structural analogs, were submitted for evaluation of antifungal activity against various species of Candida. The broth microdilution test was used to determine the Minimum Inhibitory Concentration (MIC) of the compounds and to verify the possible antifungal act...
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Carbon dioxide capture and storage is one of the primary mitigation approaches endorsed by current global climate change policies, since it is the largest contributing gas to the greenhouse effect. Recently, deep eutectic solvents (DESs) have been found as promising green solvents for CO2 capture, particularly in industrial applications. Compared t...
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Ocimum basilicum and Ocimum tenuiflorum are two basil species widely used medicinally as an anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and cardioprotective agent. This study focuses on the chemical characterization of the majoritarian compounds of both species and their anti-inflammatory potential. Up to 22 compounds such as various types of salvianolic acid...
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Bioactive plant-derived molecules have emerged as therapeutic alternatives in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. In this investigation, principal bioactive compounds of the herbal infusion "horchata" from Ecuador were studied as potential novel inhibitors of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The chemical composition of horchata was determined through a H...
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Fungal infections remain a high-incidence worldwide health problem that is aggravated by limited therapeutic options and the emergence of drug-resistant strains. Cinnamic and benzoic acid amides have previously shown bioactivity against different species belonging to the Candida genus. Here, 20 cinnamic and benzoic acid amides were synthesized and...
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P-glycoprotein (P-gp) is a transmembrane protein belonging to the ATP binding cassette superfamily of transporters, and it is a xenobiotic efflux pump that limits intracellular drug accumulation by pumping compounds out of cells. P-gp contributes to a reduction in toxicity, and has broad substrate specificity. It is involved in the failure of many...
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Amides derived from ferulic acid have a wide spectrum of pharmacological activities, including antitumor and antifungal activity. In the present study, a series of ten amides were obtained by coupling reactions using the reagents (benzotriazol-1-yloxy) tripyrrolidinophosphonium hexafluorophosphate (PyBOP) and N,N′-dicyclohexylcarbodiimide (DCC). Al...
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Background: There is currently no effective dengue virus (DENV) therapeutic. We aim to develop a genetic algorithm-based framework for the design of peptides with possible DENV inhibitory activity. Methods & results: A Python-based tool (denominated AutoPepGEN) based on a DENV support vector machine classifier as the objective function was implemen...
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During this work, the viability of encapsulated replicators systems as a function of the vesicle size is revisited. Now, instead of considering in detail the diffusion process, the existence of a well-mixed solution inside the vesicle was assumed. Our results corroborated previous numerical estimations about the existence of a minimal size for vesi...
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Background: In Ecuador eclampsia and preeclampsia were identified as the third cause of maternal death. Like other Latin-American countries, Ecuador has human settlements living from 0 to more than 4000 m of altitude and comprising a wide ethnic-diversity across all these altitude changes. These characteristics offer the possibility to study a wid...
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Preeclampsia is a hypertensive disorder that occurs during pregnancy. It is a complex disease with unknown pathogenesis and the leading cause of fetal and maternal mortality during pregnancy. Using all drugs currently under clinical trial for preeclampsia, we extracted all their possible targets from the DrugBank and ChEMBL databases and labeled th...
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Background: There is pressing urgency to identify therapeutic targets and drugs that allow treating COVID-19 patients effectively. Methods: We performed in silico analyses of immune system protein interactome network, single-cell RNA sequencing of human tissues, and artificial neural networks to reveal potential therapeutic targets for drug repurpo...
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The coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic is caused by a novel coronavirus; the Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2). Millions of cases and deaths to date have resulted in a global challenge for healthcare systems. COVID-19 has a high mortality rate, especially in elderly individuals with pre-existing chronic comorbid...
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The mosquito Aedes aegypti transmits the virus that causes dengue, yellow fever, Zika and Chikungunya viruses, and in several regions of the planet represents a vector of great clinical importance. In terms of mortality and morbidity, infections caused by Ae. aegypti are among the most serious arthropod transmitted viral diseases. The present study...
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Osteosarcoma is the most common type of primary malignant bone tumor. Although nowadays 5-year survival rates can reach up to 60–70%, acute complications and late effects of osteosarcoma therapy are two of the limiting factors in treatments. We developed a multi-objective algorithm for the repurposing of new anti-osteosarcoma drugs, based on the mo...
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Wuhan, China was the epicenter of the first zoonotic transmission of the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus clade 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in December 2019 and it is the causative agent of the novel human coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). Almost from the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak several attempts were made to predict possible drugs cap...
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Sarcomas are a group of malignant neoplasms of connective tissue with a different etiology than carcinomas. The efforts to discover new drugs with antisarcoma activity have generated large datasets of multiple preclinical assays with different experimental conditions. For instance, the ChEMBL database contains outcomes of 37,919 different antisarco...
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The emergence of SARS‐CoV‐2 has resulted in nearly 1,280,000 infections and 73,000 deaths globally so far. This novel virus acquired the ability to infect human cells using the SARS‐CoV cell receptor hACE2. Because of this it is essential to improve our understanding of the evolutionary dynamics surrounding the SARS‐CoV‐2 hACE2 interaction. One way...
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In low-income populations, neglected diseases are the principal cause of mortality. Of these, leishmaniasis and malaria, being parasitic, protozoan infections, affect millions of people worldwide and are creating a public health problem. The present work evaluates the leishmanicidal and antiplasmodial action of a series of twelve p-coumaric acid de...
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Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) plays an important role for evolutionary innovations within prokaryotic communities and is a crucial event for their survival. Several computational approaches have arisen to identify HGT events in recipient genomes. However, this has been proven to be a complex task due to the generation of a great number of false po...
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In the present report we evaluate the possible utility of the Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) in mapping the chemical structural space for molecular property profiles, with the goal of subsequently yielding synthetic samples for ligand‐based molecular modeling. Two case studies are considered: BACE‐1 (β‐Secretase 1) and DENV (Dengue Virus) i...
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There is pressing urgency to better understand the immunological underpinnings of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus clade 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in order to identify potential therapeutic targets and drugs that allow treating patients effectively. To fill in this gap, we performed in silico...
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There is pressing urgency to better understand the immunological underpinnings of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus clade 2 (SARS-CoV-2) in order to identify potential therapeutic targets and drugs that allow treating patients effectively. To fill in this gap, we performed in silico...
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Over the last decade, there has been a dramatic increase in the prevalence and gravity of systemic fungal diseases. This study aimed therefore at evaluating the antifungal potential of ester derivatives of benzoic and cinnamic acids from three Candida species. The compounds were prepared via Fischer esterification, and the antifungal assay was perf...
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Breast cancer (BC) is a heterogeneous disease where genomic alterations, protein expression deregulation, signaling pathway alterations, hormone disruption, ethnicity and environmental determinants are involved. Due to the complexity of BC, the prediction of proteins involved in this disease is a trending topic in drug design. This work is proposin...
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Breast cancer (BC) is the leading cause of cancer-related death among women and the most commonly diagnosed cancer worldwide. Although in recent years large-scale efforts have focused on identifying new therapeutic targets, a better understanding of BC molecular processes is required. Here we focused on elucidating the molecular hallmarks of BC het...
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The emergence of SARS-CoV-2 has resulted in more than 200,000 infections and nearly 9,000 deaths globally so far. This novel virus is thought to have originated from an animal reservoir, and acquired the ability to infect human cells using the SARS-CoV cell receptor hACE2. In the wake of a global pandemic it is essential to improve our understandin...
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The bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV), a pestivirus from the family of Flaviviridae is ubiquitous and causes a range of clinical manifestations in livestock, mainly cattle. Two quinolinecarboxamide analogues were identified in a CPE-based screening effort, as selective inhibitors of the in vitro bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) replication, i.e....
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Osteosarcoma is the most common subtype of primary bone cancer, affecting mostly adolescents. In recent years, several studies have focused on elucidating the molecular mechanisms of this sarcoma; however, its molecular etiology has still not been determined with precision. Therefore, we applied a consensus strategy with the use of several bioinfor...
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Trypanosoma species are responsible for chronic and systemic infections in millions of people around the world, compromising life quality, and family and government budgets. This group of diseases is classified as neglected and causes thousands of deaths each year. In the present study, the trypanocidal effect of a set of 12 ester derivatives of th...
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Background Breast cancer (BC) is a heterogeneous disease characterized by an intricate interplay between different biological aspects such as ethnicity, genomic alterations, gene expression deregulation, hormone disruption, signaling pathway alterations and environmental determinants. Due to the complexity of BC, the prediction of proteins involved...
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Background Druggable proteins are a trending topic in drug design. The druggable proteome can be defined as the percentage of proteins that have the capacity to bind an antibody or small molecule with adequate chemical properties and affinity. The screening and in silico modeling are critical activities for the reduction of experimental costs. Met...
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The prediction of cell-lines sensitivity to a given set of compounds is a very important factor in the optimization of in-vitro assays. To date, the most common prediction strategies are based upon machine learning or other quantitative structure-activity relationships (QSAR) based approaches. In the present research, we propose and discuss a strai...
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Consensus scoring has become a commonly used strategy within structure-based virtual screening (VS) workflows with improved performance compared to those based in a single scoring function. However, no research has been devoted to analyze the worth of docking scoring functions components in consensus scoring. We implemented and tested a method that...
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Piplartine (PPL), also known as piperlongumine, is a biologically active alkaloid extracted from the Piper genus which has been found to have highly effective anticancer activity against several tumor cell lines. This study investigates in detail the antitumoral potential of a PPL analogue; (E)-N-(4-fluorobenzyl)-3-(3,4,5-trimethoxyphenyl) acrylami...
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Horizontal gene transfer (HGT) plays an important role in the evolution of many organisms, especially in prokaryotes where commonly occurs. Microbial communities can improve survival due to the evolutionary innovations induced by HGT events. Thus, several computational approaches have arisen to identify such events in recipient genomes. However, th...
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Breast cancer (BC) is a heterogeneous disease where each OncoOmics approach needs to be fully understood as a part of a complex network. Therefore, the main objective of this study was to analyze genetic alterations, signaling pathways, protein-protein interaction networks, protein expression, dependency maps and enrichment maps in 230 previously p...
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Background: Malaria or Paludism is a tropical disease caused by parasites of the Plasmodium genre and transmitted to humans through the bite of infected mosquitos of the Anopheles genre. This pathology is considered one of the first causes of death in tropical countries and, despite several existing therapies, they have a high toxicity. Computatio...
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Consensus scoring has become a commonly used strategy within structure-based virtual screening (VS) workflows with improved performance compared to those based in a single scoring function. However, no research has been devoted to analyze the worth of docking scoring functions components in consensus scoring. We implemented and tested a method that...
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The present study evaluates the antibacterial effects of a set of 16 synthesized caffeic acid ester derivatives against strains of Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli , as well as discusses their structure-activity relationship (SAR). The antibacterial assays were performed using microdilution techniques in 96-well microplates to determine m...
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Streptomyces clavuligerus is a Gram‐positive bacterium that is a high producer of secondary metabolites with industrial applications. The production of antibiotics such as clavulanic acid or cephamycin has been extensively studied in this species; nevertheless, other aspects, such as evolution or ecology, have received less attention. Furthermore,...
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Piplartine is an alkamide found in different Piper species and possesses several biological activities, including antiparasitic properties. Thus, the aim of the present study was to evaluate a series of 32 synthetic piplartine analogues against the Leishmania amazonensis promastigote forms and establish the structure-activity relationship and 3D-QS...
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Consensus strategy was proved to be highly efficient in the recognition of gene-disease association. Therefore, the main objective of this study was to apply theoretical approaches to explore genes and communities directly involved in breast cancer (BC) pathogenesis. We evaluated the consensus between 8 prioritization strategies for the early recog...
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Expansins are a superfamily of proteins mainly present in plants that are also found in bacteria, fungi and amoebozoa. Expansin proteins bind the plant cells wall and relax the cellulose microfibrils without any enzymatic action. The evolution of this kind of proteins exposes a complex pattern of horizontal gene transferences that makes difficult t...
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Gastric cancer is the third leading cause of cancer-related mortality worldwide and despite advances in prevention, diagnosis and therapy, it is still regarded as a global health concern. The efficacy of the therapies for gastric cancer is limited by a poor response to currently available therapeutic regimens. One of the reasons that may explain th...
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