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A simple and rapid method for extracting specific cell-free antigens (CFA) from the yeast form of Paracoccidioides brasiliensis grown on agar slants was developed. Extracts were analysed mainly by immunodiffusion (ID) tests, for the immunodiagnosis of paracoccidioidomycosis. Extracts were obtained from 2 to 7-day-old cultures. The extract obtained after the(More)
The immunogenicity of a recombinant replication defective adenovirus expressing a major malaria Ag, the circumsporozoite (CS) protein (AdPyCS), was determined using a rodent malaria model. A single immunizing dose of this construct induced a large number of CS-specific CD8+ and CD4+ T cells in the spleens of these animals, particularly when given by the(More)
Fava Nettos' polysaccharide antigen (FNPA), shown to detect humoral and cellular responses in paracoccidioidomycosis, was investigated. Skin tests with FNPA were negative after alkaline hydrolysis or depletion of gp43 peptide epitopes. Purified antibodies to FNPA or gp43 from paracoccidioidomycosis patients cross-reacted, showing common epitopes and(More)
Gomesin is a potent antimicrobial peptide (AMP) isolated from hemocytes of the spider Acanthoscurria gomesiana. The present study aimed at determining whether gomesin exerted antitumor activity in vitro and in vivo. Topical treatment of subcutaneous murine melanoma with gomesin incorporated in a cream base significantly delayed tumor growth. A direct(More)
Recombinant adenovirus, expressing the CS protein of Plasmodium yoelii, AdPyCS, was shown to induce a comparable degree of T cell-mediated protection against malaria as a single dose of irradiated P. yoelii sporozoites, causing inhibition of liver stage development. We now report that differently from sporozoite-induced immunity, interferon (IFN)-gamma does(More)
OBJECTIVES To evaluate whether an engineered synthetic decapeptide (KP) derived from the sequence of a recombinant anti-idiotypic antibody, that represents the internal image of a Pichia anomala killer toxin, could be fungicidal in vitro and therapeutic in vivo against Paracoccidioides brasiliensis and paracoccidioidomycosis (PCM). METHODS Fungicidal(More)
In the present work, the antitumor effect of fastuosain, a cysteine proteinase from Bromelia fastuosa, was investigated. In the intravenous model of lung colonization in C57Bl/6 mice, fastuosain and bromelain injected intraperitoneally were protective, and very few nodules of B16F10-Nex2 melanoma cells were detected. Tumor cells treated with fastuosain(More)
Quantitative chemiluminescent enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) and dot-blotting procedures were developed to evaluate the reactivity of human antibodies with crude antigens and purified molecules of parasites and fungi, mainly Trypanosoma cruzi and Paracoccidioides brasiliensis. Reproducible, highly sensitive, and strictly dose-responding results(More)
Recent studies on fungi revealed that several cytosolic and membrane components migrate to the cell wall together with secreted proteins and biosynthetic polysaccharides to build a dynamic immunoreactive structure. New aspects of fungal cell wall assembly and biosynthesis, focusing on the potential of glycolipids, melanin, heat-shock proteins, histone and(More)
Syngeneic IFN-gamma(-/-) and IRF-1(-/-) mice are very sensitive to B16F10-Nex2 murine melanoma cells implanted subcutaneously. In contrast, IFN-gamma-R(-/-) (GRKO) mice are remarkably resistant to tumor development. Only 0-30% of these animals, challenged with a high dose of melanoma cells (5 x 10(5)), developed tumors at a late stage. The hypothesis of(More)