Degree: Doctor


Centro de Investigação em Química da Universidade do Porto (CIQUP)

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1. Development of a Mitochondriotropic Antioxidant Based on Caffeic Acid: Proof of Concept on Cellular and Mitochondrial Oxidative Stress Models, Teixeira, J; Cagide, F Benfeito, S Soares, P; Garrido, J; Baldeiras, I; Ribeiro, JA Pereira, CM Silva, AF Andrade, PB; Oliveira, PJ; Borges, F in JOURNAL OF MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY, 2017, ISSN: 0022-2623,  Volume: 60, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1021/acs.jmedchem.7b00741 P-00M-XZ6
Abstract Targeting mitochondrial oxidative stress is an effective therapeutic strategy. In this context, a rational design of mitochondriotropic antioxidants (compounds 22-27) based on a dietary antioxidant (caffeic acid) was performed. Jointly named as AntiOxCINs, these molecules take advantage of the known ability of the triphenylphosphonium cation to target active molecules to mitochondria. The study was guided by structure-activity-toxicity-property relationships, and we demonstrate in this work that the novel AntiOxCINs act as mitochondriotropic antioxidants. In general, AntiOxCINs derivatives prevented lipid peroxidation and acted as inhibitors of the mitochondrial permeability transition pore. AntiOxCINs toxicity profile was found to be dependent on the structural modifications performed on the dietary antioxidant. On the basis of mitochondrial and cytotoxicity/antioxidant cellular data, compound 25 emerged as a potential candidate for the development of a drug candidate with therapeutic application in mitochondrial oxidative stress-related diseases. Compound 25 increased GSH intracellular levels and showed no toxicity on mitochondrial morphology and function.

2. Exploring nature profits: Development of novel and potent lipophilic antioxidants based on galloyl-cinnamic hybrids, Teixeira, J; Silva, T; Benfeito, S Gaspar, A Manuela Garrido, EM Garrido, J Borges, F in EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY, 2013, ISSN: 0223-5234,  Volume: 62, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.1016/j.ejmech.2012.12.049 P-005-1RV
Abstract Phenolic acids are ubiquitous antioxidants accounting for approximately one third of the phenolic compounds in our diet. Their importance was supported by epidemiological studies that suggest an inverse relationship between dietary intake of phenolic antioxidants and the occurrence of diseases, such as cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. However, until now, most of natural antioxidants have limited therapeutic success a fact that could be related with their limited distribution throughout the body and with the inherent difficulties to attain the target sites. The development of phenolic antioxidants based on a hybrid concept and structurally based on natural hydroxybenzoic (gallic acid) and hydroxycinnamic (caffeic acid) scaffolds seems to be a suitable solution to surpass the mentioned drawbacks. Galloyl cinnamic hybrids were synthesized and their antioxidant activity as well as partition coefficients and redox potentials evaluated. The structure property activity relationship (SPAR) study revealed the existence of a correlation between the redox potentials and antioxidant activity. The galloyl cinnamic acid hybrid stands out as the best antioxidant supplementing the effect of a blend of gallic acid plus caffeic acid endorsing the hypothesis that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. In addition, some hybrid compounds possess an appropriate lipophilicity allowing their application as chain-breaking antioxidant in biomembranes or other type of lipidic systems. Their predicted ADME properties are also in accordance with the general requirements for drug-like compounds. Accordingly, these phenolic hybrids can be seen as potential antioxidants for tackling the oxidative status linked to the neurodegenerative, inflammatory or cancer processes.

3. Exploring natural profits: Development of novel and potent galloyl-cinnamic hybrids lipophilic antioxidants, Teixeira, J; Silva, T; Benfeito, S Gaspar, A Garrido, J; Borges, F in FREE RADICAL BIOLOGY AND MEDICINE, 2012, ISSN: 0891-5849,  Volume: 53, 
Abstract,  Indexed in: wos  DOI: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2012.08.213 P-00P-6VC

4. Rational discovery and development of a mitochondria-targeted antioxidant based on cinnamic acid scaffold, Teixeira, J; Soares, P; Benfeito, S Gaspar, A Garrido, J Murphy, MP; Borges, F in FREE RADICAL RESEARCH, 2012, ISSN: 1071-5762,  Volume: 46, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref, scopus, wos  DOI: 10.3109/10715762.2012.662593 P-002-AX5
Abstract A novel mitochondria-targeted antioxidant (TPP-OH) was synthesized by attaching the natural hydrophilic antioxidant caffeic acid to an aliphatic lipophilic carbon chain containing a triphenylphosphonium (TPP) cation. This compound has similar antioxidant activity to caffeic acid as demonstrated by measurement of DPPH/ABTS radical quenching and redox potentials, but is significantly more hydrophobic than its precursor as indicated by the relative partition coefficients. The antioxidant activity of both compounds was intrinsic related to the ortho-catechol system, as the methoxylation of the phenolic functions, namely in TPP-OCH3 and dimethoxycinnamic acid, gave compounds with negligible antioxidant action. The incorporation of the lipophilic TPP cation to form TTP-OH and TPP-OCH3 allowed the cinnamic derivatives to accumulate within mitochondria in a process driven by the membrane potential. However, only TPP-OH was an effective antioxidant: TPP-OH protected cells against H2O2 and linoleic acid hydroperoxide-induced oxidative stress. As mitochondrial oxidative damage is associated with a number of clinical disorders, TPP-OH may be a useful lead that could be added to the family of mitochondria-targeted antioxidants that can decrease mitochondrial oxidative damage.

5. Exploring natural profits: Development of novel and potent galloyl-cinnamic hybrids lipophilic antioxidants, Teixeira⁎, J; Silva, T; Benfeito, S Gaspar, A Garrido, J; Borges, F in Free Radical Biology and Medicine, 2012, ISSN: 0891-5849,  Volume: 53, 
Article,  Indexed in: crossref  DOI: 10.1016/j.freeradbiomed.2012.08.213 P-00S-6MY