Ana Paula Oliveira

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Genomic data allow the large-scale manual or semi-automated assembly of metabolic network reconstructions, which provide highly curated organism-specific knowledge bases. Although several genome-scale network reconstructions describe Saccharomyces cerevisiae metabolism, they differ in scope and content, and use different terminologies to describe the same(More)
Glucose repression in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae has evolved as a complex regulatory system involving several different pathways. There are two main pathways involved in signal transduction. One has a role in glucose sensing and regulation of glucose transport, while another takes part in repression of a wide range of genes involved in utilization(More)
Genome-scale flux models are useful tools to represent and analyze microbial metabolism. In this work we reconstructed the metabolic network of the lactic acid bacteria Lactococcus lactis and developed a genome-scale flux model able to simulate and analyze network capabilities and whole-cell function under aerobic and anaerobic continuous cultures. Flux(More)
We report the preliminary findings of a 3 month-long experiment aimed at investigating the effects of elevated pCO and reduced pH on the juvenile stages of the clam Ruditapes decussatus. The concentration of CO2 in seawater was manipulated by diffusing pure CO , to attain two reduced pH treatments (-0.4 and -0.7 pH units), which were compared to seawater(More)
Thermal environmental stress can anticipate acute fatigue during exercise at a fixed intensity (%VO2max). Controversy exists about whether this anticipation is caused by the absolute internal temperature (Tint, degrees C), by the heat storage rate (HSR, cal/min) or by both mechanisms. The aim of the present study was to study acute fatigue (total exercise(More)
As a frequent post-translational modification, protein phosphorylation regulates many cellular processes. Although several hundred phosphorylation sites have been mapped to metabolic enzymes in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, functionality was demonstrated for few of them. Here, we describe a novel approach to identify in vivo functionality of enzyme(More)
Which transcription factors control the distribution of metabolic fluxes under a given condition? We address this question by systematically quantifying metabolic fluxes in 119 transcription factor deletion mutants of Saccharomyces cerevisiae under five growth conditions. While most knockouts did not affect fluxes, we identified 42 condition-dependent(More)
Persistent infection with high-risk (HR) human papillomavirus (HPV) types is necessary for cervical cancer development. However, little is known about the influence of multiple HPV infections on cervical lesion risk. The aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency of single and multiple HPV infections in Portuguese women, and to assess the frequency of(More)
Aspergillus nidulans (the asexual form of Emericella nidulans) is a model organism for aspergilli, which are an important group of filamentous fungi that encompasses human and plant pathogens as well as industrial cell factories. Aspergilli have a highly diversified metabolism and, because of their medical, agricultural and biotechnological importance, it(More)
AIMS In this study, we propose (i) to study the photodynamic inactivation (PDI) efficiency of neutral and cationic porphyrin derivatives, (ii) to characterize the kinetics of the inactivation process using Bacillus cereus as a model endospore-producing bacterium and (iii) to conclude on the applicability of porphyrin derivatives in the inactivation of(More)