Eveline Gomes Vasconcelos

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Evolutionary and closer structural relationships are demonstrated by phylogenetic analysis, peptide prediction and molecular modelling between Solanum tuberosum apyrase, Schistosoma mansoni SmATPase 2 and Leishmania braziliensis NDPase. Specific protein domains are suggested to be potentially involved in the immune response, and also seem to be conserved(More)
An ATP-diphosphohydrolase (EC 3.6.1.5) was identified in the tegumental fraction isolated from Schistosoma mansoni worms. Both ATP and ADP were hydrolyzed to AMP at similar rates by the enzyme. Other nucleotides were also degraded by the tegument enzyme, revealing a broad substrate specificity. Electrophoretic separation of tegumental proteins under(More)
The fact that the Schistosoma mansoni egg has two ATP diphosphohydrolase (EC 3.6.1.5) isoforms with different net charges and an identical molecular weight of 63,000, identified by non-denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and immunological cross-reactivity with potato apyrase antibodies, is shown. In soluble egg antigen (SEA), only the isoform with(More)
An ATP diphosphohydrolase was identified in the plasma membranes isolated from promastigote forms of Leishmania amazonensis. Both ATP and ADP were hydrolysed at similar rates by the enzyme. Other nucleotides such as UTP, GTP and CTP were also degraded, revealing a broad substrate specificity. Adding ATP and ADP simultaneously, the amount of hydrolysis(More)
A Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis ATP diphosphohydrolase isoform was partially purified from plasma membrane of promastigotes by preparative non-denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. SDS-PAGE followed by Western blots developed with polyclonal anti-potato apyrase antibodies identified diffuse bands of about 58-63 kDa, possibly glycosylated(More)
An ATP diphosphohydrolase (EC 3.6.1.5) activity was identified in a Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis promastigotes preparation (Lb). Ultrastructural cytochemical microscopy showed this protein on the parasite surface and also stained a possible similar protein at the mitochondrial membrane. Isolation of an active ATP diphosphohydrolase isoform from Lb was(More)
We have previously showed that Schistosoma mansoni ATP-diphosphohydrolase and Solanum tuberosum potato apyrase share epitopes and the vegetable protein has immunostimulatory properties. Here, it was verified the in situ cross-immunoreactivity between mice NTPDases and anti-potato apyrase antibodies produced in rabbits, using confocal microscopy. Liver(More)
Nucleoside triphosphate diphosphohydrolase (NTPDase) activity was recently characterized in Leishmania (Viannia) braziliensis promastigotes (Lb), and an antigenic conserved domain (r82-121) from the specific NTPDase 1 isoform was identified. In this work, mouse polyclonal antibodies produced against two synthetic peptides derived from this domain (LbB1LJ,(More)
Hydrolysis of ATP or ADP catalyzed by the ATP diphosphohydrolase of Schistosoma mansoni tegument was measured in the presence of different cations. ATP diphosphohydrolase was stimulated by micromolar concentrations of either Ca2+ or Mg2+, Ca2+ producing threefold higher maximal activities than Mg2+. Kinetic studies indicated that Ca2+ and Mg2+ compete for(More)
Antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) are compounds that act in a wide range of physiological defensive mechanisms developed to counteract bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses. These molecules have become increasingly important as a consequence of remarkable microorganism resistance to common antibiotics. This report shows Escherichia coli expressing the(More)