Alexandra Moura

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OBJECTIVES To investigate the presence and distribution of integron-carrying bacteria from a slaughterhouse wastewater treatment plant (WWTP). METHODS Enterobacteriaceae and aeromonads were isolated at different stages of the wastewater treatment process and screened for the presence of integrase genes by dot-blot hybridization. Integrase-positive strains(More)
The most common mechanism of resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics is the production of beta-lactamases. These enzymes are encoded by genes that evolve rapidly, thus constituting a group characterized by high levels of molecular diversity. Most of the genetic determinants of resistance to beta-lactam antibiotics characterized until now were obtained from(More)
INTEGRALL is a freely available, text-based search system developed with the aim of collecting and organizing information on integrons in a single database. The current release (1.2) contains more than 4800 integron sequences and provides a public genetic repository for sequence data and nomenclature, offering scientists an easy and interactive access to(More)
We consider the coupling between three-dimensional (3D) and one-dimensional (1D) fluidstructure interaction (FSI) models describing blood flow inside compliant vessels. The 1D model is a hyperbolic system of partial differential equations. The 3D model consists of the Navier-Stokes equations for incompressible Newtonian fluids coupled with a model for the(More)
To investigate the mobile gene pool present in wastewater environments, total community DNA was obtained from two distinct raw effluents: urban and slaughterhouse wastewaters. Bacterial community structure was evaluated by DGGE analysis of 16S rRNA gene fragments. Detection of broad-host-range plasmid sequences and integrase encoding genes was carried out(More)
Newtonian and generalized Newtonian mathematical models for blood flow are compared in two different reconstructions of an anatomically realistic geometry of a saccular aneurysm, obtained from rotational CTA and differing to within image resolution. The sensitivity of the flow field is sought with respect to geometry reconstruction procedure and(More)
In this study we investigated the co-occurrence of resistance to non-beta-lactams among cefotaxime-resistant extended-spectrum beta-lactamase (ESBL) producers (ESBL(+)) versus non-ESBL producers (ESBL(-)), from aquatic environments. Higher prevalence of resistance to tetracycline, fluoroquinolones and aminoglycosides were observed in ESBL(+). Among ESBL(+)(More)
An environmental isolate of Serratia fonticola resistant to carbapenems contains a gene encoding a class A beta-lactamase with carbapenemase activity. The enzyme was designated SFC-1. The bla(SFC-I) gene is contained in the chromosome of S. fonticola UTAD54 and is absent from other S. fonticola strains.
In this study, the occurrence and diversity of integrons were evaluated in 697 isolates belonging to Enterobacteriaceae and Aeromonas spp. isolated from urban wastewaters. Screening of integrons was performed by dot blot hybridization and intI-positive strains were further characterized. The global prevalence of integrons was 3.73%. Three new gene cassettes(More)