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Chemical documentation of species from Casearia genus (Salicaceae) of ecological, economical and medicinal relevance

Grant number: 14/02738-0
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): April 01, 2014
Effective date (End): December 31, 2015
Field of knowledge:Physical Sciences and Mathematics - Chemistry - Organic Chemistry
Principal Investigator:Alberto Jose Cavalheiro
Grantee:Naira Buzzo Anhesine
Host Institution: Instituto de Química (IQ). Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP). Campus de Araraquara. Araraquara , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:13/07600-3 - CIBFar - Center for Innovation in Biodiversity and Drug Discovery, AP.CEPID


The Casearia genus (Salicaceae) is well known because of the medicinal use of its species. Among them, a noteworthy one is the C. sylvestris specie because it already has studies concerning its antiproliferative and/or cytotoxic activity in tumor cells. Furthermore, this specie is popularly used against snake bites, in gastric ulcers treatment and as anti-inflammatory. As well as this, there are other species from this same genus which have been poorly studied, such as the following species: C. grandiflora, C. javitensis, C. arborea, C. lasiophylla and C. ulmifolia. However, several biological activities have been reported for them. In this context, the aim of this project, besides of contributing to the Casearia genus studies, is to study those five species through the analysis and documentation of their leaves' chemical composition, as well as identify new second metabolites in this genus aiming the bioprospection of substances with medicinal and economical potential and finally promote the systematic study of some biological activities.

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BUENO, PAULA CAROLINA PIRES; SALOME ABARCA, LUIS FRANCISCO; ANHESINE, NAIRA BUZZO; GIFFONI, MAIRA SILVA; PEREIRA, FABIOLA MANHAS VERBI; TORRES, ROSELI BUZANELI; DE SOUSA, RAYRAN WALTER RAMOS; FERREIRA, PAULO MICHEL PINHEIRO; PESSOA, CLAUDIA; CAVALHEIRO, ALBERTO JOSE. Infraspecific Chemical Variability and Biological Activity of Casearia sylvestris from Different Brazilian Biomes. Planta Medica, v. 87, n. 01/02, . (16/20295-3, 12/21921-4, 11/21440-3, 19/01102-8, 14/50945-4, 14/02738-0, 18/18212-8, 13/07600-3)
ANHESINE, NAIRA BUZZO; PIRES BUENO, PAULA CAROLINA; TORRES, ROSELI BUZANELLI; LOPES, NORBERTO PEPORINE; CAVALHEIRO, ALBERTO JOSE. Non-polar and polar chemical profiling of six Casearia species (Salicaceae). Biochemical Systematics and Ecology, v. 87, . (11/21440-3, 13/07600-3, 14/02738-0)

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