Darlene Camati Persuhn

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BACKGROUND The MTHFR rs1801131A>C and rs1801133C>T variants have been analyzed as putative genetic risk factors for oral clefts within various populations worldwide. METHODS To test the role of these polymorphisms in nonsyndromic cleft lip with or without cleft palate (NSCL/P) in the Brazilian population, we conducted a study combining a Family-Based(More)
Mutations or polymorphisms in the gene of the enzyme methylenetetrahydrofolate (MTHFR) are associated with hyperhomocysteinemia and possibly with an elevated risk for vascular diseases. A study was conducted on 83 individuals with type 2 diabetes in order to determine the allelic and genotypic frequencies of the G1793A mutation and to assess the effect of(More)
The role of the Ntr system in Herbaspirillum seropedicae was determined via ntrB and ntrC mutants. Three phenotypes were identified in these mutants: Nif(-), deficiency in growth using nitrate, and low glutamine synthetase (GS) activity. All phenotypes were restored by the plasmid pKRT1 containing the intact glnA, ntrB and ntrC genes of H. seropedicae. The(More)
Herbaspirillum seropedicae is an endophytic bacterium that fixes nitrogen under microaerophilic conditions. The putative promoter sequences glnAp1 (sigma70-dependent) and glnAp2 (sigma54), and two NtrC-binding sites were identified upstream from the glnA, ntrB and ntrC genes of this microorganism. To study their transcriptional regulation, we used lacZ(More)
CONTEXT AND OBJECTIVE Atherosclerotic disease is the leading cause of death in Brazil. It is a complex disease and its prevention involves identification and control of risk factors. Moderately increased plasma homocysteine concentration (hyperhomocysteinemia) has been considered to be a risk factor for several vascular diseases. Mutations in the(More)
DNA methylation is mediated by DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs) that add a methyl group to the 5'-carbon of cytosine. The enzyme methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) catalyzes the reduction of 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to 5-methyltetrahydrofolate in the rate-limiting step of the cycle involving the methyl donor S-adenosyl-L-methionine (SAM). The(More)
Dyslipidemia and genetic polymorphisms are associated with increased risk for developing cardiovascular diseases, and watermelon appears to have the potential to improve hyperlipidemia due to the presence of nutrients such as arginine and citrulline. OBJECTIVE To test the hypolipidemic effect of watermelon extract (Citrullus lanatus) and the influence of(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the association of single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes related to craniofacial development, which were previously identified as susceptibility signals for nonsyndromic oral clefts, in Brazilians with nonsyndromic cleft lip and/or palate (NSCL/P). DESIGN The SNPs rs748044 (TNP1), rs1106514 (MSX1), rs28372960, rs15251 and(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to evaluate the effect of vitamin D3 megadose supplementation and influence of BsmI polymorphism in the VDR gene on the inflammatory profile and oxidative stress in elderly women with vitamin D deficiency. METHODS A double blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial was conducted with 40 elderly women (aged 68±6 years) diagnosed(More)