Ana Luísa Silva Sampaio Moreira da Costa Demonte

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ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase (ADP-Glc PPase) is the enzyme responsible for the regulation of bacterial glycogen synthesis. To perform a structure-function relationship study of the Escherichia coli ADP-Glc PPase enzyme, we studied the effects of pentapeptide insertions at different positions in the enzyme and analyzed the results with a homology model. We(More)
BACKGROUND Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a pathogenic prokaryote adapted to survive in hostile environments. In this organism and other Gram-positive actinobacteria, the metabolic pathways of glycogen and trehalose are interconnected. RESULTS In this work we show the production, purification and characterization of recombinant enzymes involved in the(More)
Streptococcus mutans is the leading cause of dental caries worldwide by accumulating a glycogen-like internal polysaccharide (IPS) that contributes to cariogenicity when sugars are in excess. Sodium monofluorophosphate (MFP) is an active anticariogenic compound in toothpastes. Herein, we show that MFP inhibits (with an I0.5 of 1.5 mM) the S. mutans(More)
Mycobacterium abscessus is an important hospital-acquired pathogen involved in infections associated with medical, surgical, and biopharmaceutical materials. In this work, we investigated the pressure-induced inactivation of two strains [2544 and American Type Culture Collection (ATCC) 19977] of M. abscessus in combination with different temperatures and pH(More)
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