Daiane S. Alves

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Alterations in epithelial cell polarity and in the subcellular distributions of epithelial ion transport proteins are key molecular consequences of acute kidney injury and intracellular energy depletion. AMP-activated protein kinase (AMPK), a cellular energy sensor, is rapidly activated in response to renal ischemia, and we demonstrate that its activity is(More)
The Na(+),K(+)-ATPase is the major active transport protein found in the plasma membranes of most epithelial cell types. The regulation of Na(+),K(+)-ATPase activity involves a variety of mechanisms, including regulated endocytosis and recycling. Our efforts to identify novel Na(+),K(+)-ATPase binding partners revealed a direct association between the(More)
Several diseases, such as cancer, are characterized by acidification of the extracellular environment. Acidosis can be employed as a target to specifically direct therapies to the diseased tissue. We have used first principles to design an acidity-triggered rational membrane (ATRAM) peptide with high solubility in solution that is able to interact with(More)
The pH-low insertion peptide (pHLIP) targets acidic diseases such as cancer. The acidity of the environment causes key aspartic acids in pHLIP to become protonated, causing the peptide to insert into membranes. Here we investigate how the negative charge of the membrane influences how pHLIP enters and exits the lipid bilayer. We found that electrostatic(More)
For drug delivery purposes, the ability to conveniently attach a targeting moiety that will deliver drugs to cells and then enable controlled release of the active molecule after localization is desirable. Toward this end, we designed and synthesized clickable and photocleavable lipid analogue 1 to maximize the efficiency of bioconjugation and triggered(More)
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