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Differential lethal action of C17:2 and C17:0 anacardic acid derivatives in Trypanosoma cruzi - A mechanistic study

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Umehara, Eric [1] ; Silva, Thais A. Costa [1] ; Mendes, Viviane M. [2] ; Guadagnin, Rafael C. [3] ; Sartorelli, Patricia [3] ; Tempone, Andre G. [2] ; Lago, Joao Henrique G. [1]
Total Authors: 7
[1] Fed Univ ABC, Ctr Nat Sci & Humanities, BR-09210180 Santo Andre, SP - Brazil
[2] Adolfo Lutz Inst, Ctr Parasitol & Mycol, BR-01246000 Sao Paulo, SP - Brazil
[3] Univ Fed Sao Paulo, Inst Environm Chem & Pharmaceut Sci, BR-09972270 Diadema, SP - Brazil
Total Affiliations: 3
Document type: Journal article
Source: BIOORGANIC CHEMISTRY; v. 102, SEP 2020.
Web of Science Citations: 0

The n-hexane extract from leaves of Schinus terebinthifolius (Anacardiaceae) induced 100% of death of trypomastigote forms of T. cruzi at 300 mu g/mL and was subjected to a bioactivity-guided fractionation to afford a C17:2 derivative of anacardic acid {[}6-(8'Z,11'Z)-heptadecadienyl-salicylic acid, 1]. Additionally, compound 1 was subjected to hydrogenation procedures to afford a C17:0 derivative (6-heptadecanyl-salicylic acid, 1a). Compounds 1 and 1a were effective in killing trypomastigote forms of T. cruzi with IC50 values of 8.3 and 9.0 mu M, respectively, while a related compound, salicylic acid, was inactive. Furthermore, no cytotoxicity was observed for the highest tested concentration (CC50 > 200 mu M) for all evaluated compounds. Due to the promising results, the mechanism of parasite death was investigated for compounds 1 and 1a using flow cytometry and spectrofluorimetry. The cell membrane permeability assay with SYTOX Green indicated that compound 1 significantly altered this parameter after 40 min of incubation, while compound 1a caused no alteration. Considering that the hydrogenation rendered a differential cellular target in parasites, additional assays were performed with 1a. Despite no permeabilization of the plasma membrane, compound 1a induced depolarization of the electric potential after two hours of incubation. The mitochondria of the parasite were also affected by compound 1a, with depolarization of the mitochondrial membrane potential, and reduction of reactive oxygen species (ROS) levels. The Ca2+ levels were not affected during the time of incubation. Considering that the mitochondrion is a single organelle in Trypanosoma cruzi for ATP generation, compounds affecting the bioenergetic system are of interest for drug discovery against Trypanosomatids. (AU)

FAPESP's process: 18/10279-6 - Selection and Optimization of New Drug Candidates for Leishmaniasis and Chagas Disease
Grantee:André Gustavo Tempone Cardoso
Support Opportunities: Regular Research Grants
FAPESP's process: 18/07885-1 - Biomolecules from plant species of remnant areas of the Atlantic Forest and Cerrado to treat neglected tropical diseases - chemical and pharmacological aspects
Grantee:João Henrique Ghilardi Lago
Support Opportunities: BIOTA-FAPESP Program - Regular Research Grants