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Evaluation of cell death induction by Copaifera duckei oleoresin and polyaltic acid in MCF-7 cell line

Grant number: 14/13094-6
Support Opportunities:Scholarships in Brazil - Scientific Initiation
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2014
Effective date (End): September 30, 2015
Field of knowledge:Health Sciences - Pharmacy
Principal Investigator:Raquel Alves dos Santos
Grantee:Cristiane Yumi Fukuoka
Host Institution: Pró-Reitoria Adjunta de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação. Universidade de Franca (UNIFRAN). Franca , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:11/13630-7 - Chemical and pharmacological validation of extracts and active compounds of Copaifera species, AP.TEM


The use of botanical sources to obtain new chemical entities with pharmacological properties has been of fundamental importance to humans since the beginning of civilization. Based on ethnopharmacological evidences, a great number of drugs had their biological and pharmacological properties elucidated by scientific experimentation. Likewise, the Copaifera genus present in Brazilian flora has been used in popular medicine once its oleoresin exhibits anti-inflammatory, healing, antimicrobial and antitumoral properties. Preliminary data from our group demonstrated the significative cytotoxicity of Copaifera duckei oleoresin (Cd-OR) and its majoritary compound polyaltic acid (PA) in different tumoral cell lines. Therefore, the main goal of the present study is to evaluate the genotoxic and apoptotic potential of these two substances in the tumoral breast cell line MCF-7, as well as its ability in modulate the transcriptional expression of genes involved in the response to DNA damage and cell death regulation.

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