Ada M. B. Alves

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We analyzed four DNA vaccines based on DENV-2 NS1: pcENS1, encoding the C-terminal from E protein plus the NS1 region; pcENS1ANC, similar to pcENS1 plus the N-terminal sequence from NS2a (ANC); pcTPANS1, coding the t-PA signal sequence fused to NS1; and pcTPANS1ANC, similar to pcTPANS1 plus the ANC sequence. The NS1 was detected in lysates and culture(More)
Dengue is one of the most important mosquito-borne viral disease causing dengue fever and/or dengue shock syndrome/haemorrhagic fever. In some reports, the non-structural protein 1 (NS1) has been identified as a promising antigen for the development of vaccines against dengue virus (DENV). Apparently, it can elicit a protective antibody response with(More)
The goal of this study was to test the feasibility of BALB/c mice as an experimental model in the study of dengue disease. BALB/c mice were intraperitoneal infected with DENV-2 obtained from a human patient. Histopathological analysis of infected animals revealed liver injury with viral antigens detection. In initial stages, the most prominent lesions were(More)
The lack of an immunocompetent animal model for dengue mimicking the disease in humans is a limitation for advances in this field. Inoculation by intracerebral route of neuroadapted dengue strains in mice is normally lethal and provides a straightforward readout parameter for vaccine testing. However, systemic effects of infection and the immune response(More)
The difficulty in studying dengue virus (DENV) infection in humans and in developing a virus vaccine is the absence of a suitable animal model which develops the full spectra of the Dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF) and Dengue shock syndrome (DSS). Despite the fact that viruses have been found in various animal tissues, we isolated DENV from tissues of adult(More)
The dengue virus (DV) causes one of the most important arthropod-borne human viral diseases throughout the tropical and subtropical countries. However, the morbidity and mortality of DV infections could be reduced with an early hospitalization care and a rapid risk identification of developing the dengue haemorrhagic fever (DHF). The nonstructural(More)
Dengue is the most prevalent arboviral infection, affecting millions of people every year. Attempts to control such infection are being made, and the development of a vaccine is a World Health Organization priority. Among the proteins being tested as vaccine candidates in preclinical settings is the non-structural protein 1 (NS1). In the present study, we(More)
Membrane fusion is an essential step in the entry of enveloped viruses into their host cells. This process is triggered by conformational changes in viral surface glycoproteins. We have demonstrated previously that modification of vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) with diethylpyrocarbonate (DEPC) abolished the conformational changes on VSV glycoprotein and(More)
Spontaneous changes in restriction DNA profiles and pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) patterns, along with a concomitant loss of infectivity, were observed in infective clones of Trypanosoma cruzi strain Y either following a number of passages during the exponential growth phase or after subcloning in liver infusion tryptone (LIT) medium using as the(More)
Dengue is an important mosquito borne viral disease in the world. Dengue virus (DENV) encodes a polyprotein, which is cleaved in ten proteins, including the non-structural protein 1 (NS1). In this work, we analyzed the effect of NS1 expression in one hepatic cell line, HepG2, through a shotgun proteomic approach. Cells were transfected with pcENS1 plasmid,(More)