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Silva S.,Institute Biologia Experimental e Tecnologica | Silva S.,New University of Lisbon | Silva S.,University of Lisbon | Combet E.,University of Glasgow | And 8 more authors.
Proceedings of the Nutrition Society | Year: 2015

Olive oil (OO) is the primary source of fat in the Mediterranean diet and has been associated with longevity and a lower incidence of chronic diseases, particularly CHD. Cardioprotective effects of OO consumption have been widely related with improved lipoprotein profile, endothelial function and inflammation, linked to health claims of oleic acid and phenolic content of OO. With CVD being a leading cause of death worldwide, a review of the potential mechanisms underpinning the impact of OO in the prevention of disease is warranted. The current body of evidence relies on mechanistic studies involving animal and cell-based models, epidemiological studies of OO intake and risk factor, small- and large-scale human interventions, and the emerging use of novel biomarker techniques associated with disease risk. Although model systems are important for mechanistic research nutrition, methodologies and experimental designs with strong translational value are still lacking. The present review critically appraises the available evidence to date, with particular focus on emerging novel biomarkers for disease risk assessment. New perspectives on OO research are outlined, especially those with scope to clarify key mechanisms by which OO consumption exerts health benefits. The use of urinary proteomic biomarkers, as highly specific disease biomarkers, is highlighted towards a higher translational approach involving OO in nutritional recommendations. Copyright © The Authors 2015. Source


Silva S.,IBET | Silva S.,University of Lisbon | Sepodes B.,University of Lisbon | Sepodes B.,Research Institute for Medicines | And 14 more authors.
Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry | Year: 2015

Virgin olive oil is the primary source of fat in the Mediterranean diet, and its beneficial health effects have been related with oleic acid and phenolic compounds content. Hydroxytyrosol, a typical virgin olive oil phenolic compound, has beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties as previously reported. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of hydroxytyrosol-supplemented refined olive oil at 0.5 and 5 mg/kg in a rodent model of rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis was induced by intradermic administration, in male Wistar rats, of Freund's adjuvant with collagen type II on days 1 and 21. Hydroxytyrosol-supplemented refined olive oils were administrated by gavage from day 23 until day 35. The treatment at 5-mg/kg dose significantly decreased paw edema (P < .01), histological damage, cyclooxygenase-2 and inducible nitric oxide synthase expression, and markedly reduced the degree of bone resorption, soft tissue swelling and osteophyte formation, improving articular function in treated animals. Acute inflammation, induced by carrageenan, was also evaluated for hydroxytyrosol-supplemented refined olive oils at 0.5 and 5 mg/kg. Both doses significantly reduced paw edema (P < .001). Our results suggest that the supplementation of refined olive oil with hydroxytyrosol may be advantageous in rheumatoid arthritis with significant impact not only on chronic inflammation but also on acute inflammatory processes. © 2015 Elsevier Inc.. Source


Rodrigues T.,Research Institute for Medicines | Moreira R.,Research Institute for Medicines | Gut J.,San Francisco General Hospital | Rosenthal P.J.,San Francisco General Hospital | And 5 more authors.
Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry | Year: 2011

Cytochrome bc1 is a validated drug target in malaria parasites. The spread of Plasmodium falciparum strains resistant to multiple antimalarials emphasizes the urgent need for new drugs. We screened in silico the ZINC and MOE databases, using ligand-and structure-based approaches, to identify new leads for development. The most active compound presented an IC 50 value against cultured P. falciparum of 2 μM and a docking pose consistent with its activity. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved. Source

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