Daniela Cajado Carvalho

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Tityus scorpion stings are an important public health problem in Brazil, where the incidence of such stings exceeds the incidence of the health problems caused by other venomous animals, including snakes. In this study, we have analysed specific enzymatic activities of the venom from the Brazilian scorpions of Tityus genus, i.e., Tityus serrulatus, Tityus(More)
The aim of the present study was the molecular cloning of toxins active on calcium channels expressed by the spider Phoneutria nigriventer. Clones encoding the toxins Pn3-3A, Pn3-4A, Tx3-5, Pn3-5A, Tx3-6, Pn3-6A and Pn3-6B were identified from a cDNA library derived from the venom gland of this spider, revealing toxins of 49, 76, 45, 39, 55 and 58 amino(More)
Bacterial DNA gyrase, has been identified as the target of several antibacterial agents, including the coumarin drugs. The coumarins inhibit the gyrase action by competitive binding to the ATP-binding site of DNA gyrase B (GyrB) protein. The high in vitro inhibitory potency of coumarins against DNA gyrase reactions has raised interest in studies on(More)
Most functions attributed to Tityus serrulatus venom (TsV) are related to active molecules on ion-channels; however, here we describe a new pentapeptide that was discovered through enzymatic assay selection using EP24.15. The primary structure analysis revealed the sequence KEXXG (X means Ile or Leu), similar to the sequence present in the β-KTX propeptide(More)
TsTX-I, isolated from Tityus serrulatus scorpion venom, causes epileptic-like discharges when injected into the central nervous system. The involvement of excitatory amino acids and cytokines in this activity was investigated. Our results have demonstrated that TsTX-I increases the release of IFN-γ but does not alter the intracerebral concentration of the(More)
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