Andre R. O. Cavalcanti

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We conducted a detailed analysis of duplicate genes in three complete genomes: yeast, Drosophila, and Caenorhabditis elegans. For two proteins belonging to the same family we used the criteria: (1) their similarity is > or =I (I = 30% if L > or = 150 a.a. and I = 0.01n + 4.8L(-0.32(1 + exp(-L/1000))) if L < 150 a.a., where n = 6 and L is the length of the(More)
We sequenced and analyzed the subtelomeric regions of 1356 macronuclear "nanochromosomes" of the spirotrichous ciliate Oxytricha trifallax. We show that the telomeres in this species have a length of 20 nt, with minor deviations; there is no correlation between telomere lengths at the two ends of the molecule. A search for open reading frames revealed that(More)
In this paper we present a new method for detecting block duplications in a genome. It is more stringent than previous ones in that it requires a more rigorous definition of paralogous genes and that it requires the paralogous proteins on the two blocks to be contiguous. In addition, it provides three criterion choices: (1) the same composition (i.e.,(More)
We used the recently sequenced genomes of the ciliates Tetrahymena thermophila and Paramecium tetraurelia to analyze the codon usage patterns in both organisms; we have analyzed codon usage bias, Gln codon usage, GC content and the nucleotide contexts of initiation and termination codons in Tetrahymena and Paramecium. We also studied how these trends change(More)
The macronuclear genomes of spirotrichous ciliates are almost entirely polyploid, single-gene chromosomes (“nanochromosomes”). We recently performed a pilot genome project for a member of this group, Oxytricha trifallax (Sterkiella histriomuscorum), in which ∼2000 nanochromosomes were cloned at random and end-sequenced. Here we describe the global(More)
Peptide synthesis in eukaryotes terminates when eukaryotic release factor 1 (eRF1) binds to an mRNA stop codon and occupies the ribosomal A site. Domain 1 of the eRF1 protein has been implicated in stop codon recognition in a number of experimental studies. In order to further pinpoint the residues of this protein involved in stop codon recognition, we(More)
Ciliated protozoa have two kinds of nuclei: Macronuclei (MAC) and Micronuclei (MIC). In some ciliate classes, such as spirotrichs, most genes undergo several layers of DNA rearrangement during macronuclear development. Because of such processes, these organisms provide ideal systems for studying mechanisms of recombination and gene rearrangement. Here, we(More)
During the course of a pilot genome project for the ciliate Oxytricha trifallax, we discovered a fusion gene never before described in any taxa. This gene, FSF1, encodes a putative fusion protein comprising an entire formaldehyde dehydrogenase (FALDH) homolog at one end and an S-formylglutathione hydrolase (SFGH) homolog at the other, two proteins that(More)
on the forests, wildlife, and indigenous people of this area, WWF warns. It is not necessary to use this area as there is already a total of 2.3 million hectares of idle or derelict land available for palm oil plantations in Kalimantan, an area greater than the proposed plantation, WWF points out. In addition, oil palm is not recommended for planting in(More)