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Molecules 2018, 23(2), 507;

Resveratrol-Inspired Benzo[b]selenophenes Act as Anti-Oxidants in Yeast

Department of Genetics, Cancer Research Institute, Biomedical Research Center, Slovak Academy of Sciences, Dúbravská Cesta 9, 845 05 Bratislava, Slovakia
Department of Medicinal Chemistry, Latvian Institute of Organic Synthesis, Aizkraukles 21, LV-1006 Riga, Latvia
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Received: 19 January 2018 / Revised: 17 February 2018 / Accepted: 22 February 2018 / Published: 24 February 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Small Molecule Catalysts with Therapeutic Potential)
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Resveratrol is a natural (poly)phenol primarily found in plants protecting them against pathogens, as well as harmful effects of physical and chemical agents. In higher eukaryotic cells and organisms, this compound displays a remarkable range of biological activities, such as anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-aging, cardio- and neuro-protective properties. Here, biological activities of synthetic selenium-containing derivatives of resveratrol—benzo[b]selenophenes—have been studied in lower eukaryotes Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Their toxicity, as well as DNA damaging and reactive oxygen species (ROS) inducing potencies, manifested through their ability to act as redox active anti-microbial agents, have been examined. We show that some benzo[b]selenophenes can kill yeast cells and that the killing effects are not mediated by DNA damage types that can be detected as DNA double-strand breaks. These benzo[b]selenophenes could potentially be used as anti-fungal agents, although their concentrations relevant to application in humans need to be further evaluated. In addition, most of the studied benzo[b]selenophenes display redox-modulating/anti-oxidant activity (comparable or even higher than that of resveratrol or Trolox) causing a decrease in the intracellular ROS levels in yeast cells. Therefore, after careful re-evaluation in other biological systems these observations might be transferred to humans, where resveratrol-inspired benzo[b]selenophenes could be used as supra-anti-oxidant supplements. View Full-Text
Keywords: benzo[b]selenophenes; resveratrol; (supra-)anti-oxidants; yeast cells; reactive oxygen species; redox-modulating molecules; toxicity; DNA strand breakage benzo[b]selenophenes; resveratrol; (supra-)anti-oxidants; yeast cells; reactive oxygen species; redox-modulating molecules; toxicity; DNA strand breakage

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Mániková, D.; Šestáková, Z.; Rendeková, J.; Vlasáková, D.; Lukáčová, P.; Paegle, E.; Arsenyan, P.; Chovanec, M. Resveratrol-Inspired Benzo[b]selenophenes Act as Anti-Oxidants in Yeast. Molecules 2018, 23, 507.

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