Patrícia Carla Ribeiro Valentão
Assistant Professor
REQUIMTE/Laboratório de Farmacognosia, Departamento de Química, Faculdade de Farmácia, Universidade do Porto, Rua de Jorge Viterbo Ferreira, nº. 228, 4050-313 Porto, Portugal
220 428 653
Research Interests
Metabolite profiling of marine and terrestrial species, by chromatographic techniques (LC-MS, HPLC-DAD, GC-MS).
Assessment of the biological potential of those matrices, namely concerning antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activity and neurodegeneration, by cellular and non-cellular in vitro models and in vivo system, and establishment of composition/activity relationships.

Evaluations include determination of the effect on the levels of reactive species of oxygen and nitrogen, effect on pro-inflammatory cytokines (tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin 1 and interleukin 6) and prostaglandins, their metabolites and isoprostanes, effect on cholinesterases, muscarinic and nicotinic receptors and protection against neurocytotoxic agents.
Current research is focused on marine organisms as source of bioactive agents, namely on the antimicrobial capacity of macroalgae, particularly antifungal activity, by evaluating the effect on ergosterol and chitin composition, respiratory chain function and dimorphic transition.
Main publications
Lopes, G.; Silva, L.R.; Sousa, C.; Pinto, E.; Andrade, P.B.; Bernardo, J.; Mouga, T.; Valentão, P. Can phlorotannins purified extracts constitute a novel pharmacological alternative for microbial infections with associated inflammatory conditions? PLoS ONE 2012, 7(2): e31145.

Pereira, D.M.; Vinholes, J.; Guedes de Pinho, P.; Valentão, P.; Mouga, T.; Teixeira, N.; Andrade, P.B. A gas chromatography-mass spectrometry multi-target method for the simultaneous analysis of three classes of metabolites in marine organisms. Talanta 2012, 100, 391-400.

Ferreres, F.; Lopes, G.; Gil-Izquierdo, A.; Andrade, P.B.; Sousa, C.; Mouga, T.; Valentão, P. Phlorotannins extracts from Fucales characterized by HPLC-DAD-ESI-MSn: Approaches to hyaluronidase inhibitory capacity and antioxidant properties. Mar. Drugs 2012, 10, 2766-2781.

Lopes, G.; Pinto, E.; Andrade, P.B.; Valentão, P. Antifungal activity of phlorotannins against dermatophytes and yeasts: approaches to the mechanism of action and influence on Candida albicans virulence factor. PLoS ONE 2013, 8(8): e72203.

Taveira, M.; Sousa, C.; Valentão, P.; Ferreres, F.; Teixeira, J.P.; Andrade, P.B. Neuroprotective effect of steroidal alkaloids on glutamate-induced toxicity by preserving mitochondrial membrane potential and reducing oxidative stress. J. Steroid Biochem. Mol. Biol. 2014, 140, 106-115.