Conceição Ribeiro da Silva Machado

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In an effort to unify the nomenclature of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causative agent of Chagas disease, an updated system was agreed upon at the Second Satellite Meeting. A consensus was reached that T. cruzi strains should be referred to by six discrete typing units (T. cruzi I-VI). The goal of a unified nomenclature is to improve communication within the(More)
Chagas disease, caused by the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi, presents variable clinical course but the phenomena underlying this variability remain largely unknown. T. cruzi has a clonal population structure and infecting strains are often multiclonal. T. cruzi genetic variability could be a determinant of differential tissue tropism or distribution and(More)
Different strains of Trypanosoma cruzi were transfected with an expression vector that allows the integration of green fluorescent protein (GFP) and red fluorescent protein (RFP) genes into the beta-tubulin locus by homologous recombination. The sites of integration of the GFP and RFP markers were determined by pulse-field gel electrophoresis and Southern(More)
DNA polymerase kappa (Pol kappa) is a low-fidelity polymerase that has the ability to bypass several types of lesions. The biological role of this enzyme, a member of the DinB subfamily of Y-family DNA polymerases, has remained elusive. In this report, we studied one of the two copies of Pol kappa from the protozoan Trypanosoma cruzi (TcPol kappa). The role(More)
We tested four isolates of Trypanosoma cruzi to assess parasite virulence and ability to cause myocarditis, cardiac sympathetic denervation, and histopathologic alterations in organs of the digestive system. The susceptibility of rats depends on the population of T. cruzi, with the ABC strain and the CL-Brener clone killing all animals, regardless of the(More)
Trypanosoma cruzi genetic diversity was investigated in 25 isolates (vectors and humans) from the semiarid zone of the State of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Molecular markers (3' region of the 24Salpha rRNA; mitochondrial cytochrome oxidase subunit 2 (COII) gene; spliced leader intergenic region (SL-IR) gene; allelic size microsatellite polymorphism)(More)
Although different DNA polymerases have distinct functions and substrate affinities, their general mechanism of action is similar. Thus, they can all be studied using the same technical principle, the primer extension assay employing radioactive tags. Even though fluorescence has been used routinely for many years for DNA sequencing, it has not been used in(More)
Although Chagas' disease is known to provoke severe acute myositis, information on muscle regeneration is missing. The current paper shows that during T. cruzi infection in rats, skeletal muscle parasitism and the consequent inflammatory process are higher in muscle with a high proportion of type-I myofibres (soleus and diaphragm). Immunohistochemistry(More)
Genes with homology to the bacterial mutS gene, which encodes a protein involved in post-replication DNA mismatch repair, are known in several organisms. Using a degenerate PCR strategy, we cloned a Trypanosoma cruzi genomic DNA fragment homologous to the mutS gene class two (MSH2). This fragment was used as a probe to select the corresponding cDNAs from a(More)
In rats, autonomic nerve endings are damaged during Trypanosoma cruzi-induced myocarditis. Gradual recovery occurs after the acute phase. The present work shows the cardiac levels of glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) and nerve growth factor (NGF), and their cellular sources during T. cruzi infection in rats. Atrial and ventricular NGF(More)