Dafne A. Oliveira

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AMA-1 of Plasmodium falciparum is a promising candidate antigen in malaria vaccine development. In this study, we have mapped the immunodominant T-cell determinants in this antigen by using synthetic peptides. From the amphipathic scores, 17 putative T-cell determinants were identified. Nine of the 17 peptides complementary to the putative T-cell(More)
Maize (Zea mays L.) is a crop of global importance, but prone to contamination by aflatoxins produced by fungi in the genus Aspergillus. The development of resistant germplasm and the identification of genes contributing to resistance would aid in the reduction of the problem with a minimal need for intervention by farmers. Chitinolytic enzymes respond to(More)
In a blind field evaluation of a nonisotopic liquid hybridization assay for detection of malaria parasites, 100 blood samples were tested from an area in which malaria is endemic; light microscopy was used as the reference test. Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values of the hybridization assay were 100%. One sample that was(More)
In the present study, we describe a polymerase chain reaction (PCR)-based enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay for the detection of malaria infection. The target region of the 18S ribosomal DNA is amplified by a PCR using an 18S rRNA, genus-specific, biotinylated (5') and an unlabeled primer (3') pair. The detection probes are digoxigenin-labeled DNA(More)
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