Fábio Frangiotti Conte

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Telomeres are DNA-protein complexes that protect linear chromosomes from degradation and fusions. Telomeric DNA is repetitive and G-rich, and protrudes towards the end of the chromosomes as 3'G-overhangs. In Leishmania spp., sequences adjacent to telomeres comprise the Leishmania conserved telomere associated sequences (LCTAS) that are around 100 bp long(More)
The Leishmania amazonensis telomerase gene was cloned by a polymerase chain reaction-based strategy using primers designed from a Leishmania major sequence that shared similarities with conserved telomerase motifs. The genes from three other species were cloned for comparative purposes. A ClustalW multiple-sequence alignment demonstrated that the Leishmania(More)
The mtDNA control region (CR) and flanking genes of the blowflies Chrysomya albiceps, Chrysomya megacephala and Chrysomya chloropyga (Calliphoridae) were characterized. The most unusual feature found was the presence of duplicated tRNA sequences corresponding to trnI and a portion of trnQ. The partially duplicated trnQ was very likely a pseudogene since(More)
Studies of telomere structure and maintenance in trypanosomatids have provided insights into the evolutionary origin and conservation of some telomeric components shared by trypanosomes and vertebrates. For example, trypanosomatid telomeres are maintained by telomerase and consist of the canonical TTAGGG repeats, which in Trypanosoma brucei can form(More)
The chromosomal ends of Leishmania (Leishmania) amazonensis contain conserved 5'-TTAGGG-3' telomeric repeats. Protein complexes that associate in vitro with these DNA sequences, Leishmania amazonensis G-strand telomeric protein (LaGT1-3), were identified and characterized by electrophoretic mobility shift assays and UV cross-linking using protein fractions(More)
B7H1 is consistently associated with inhibition of the immune system in many solid tumors. However, there is no report about its impact on differentiated thyroid carcinoma (DTC) presentation, aggressiveness, or evolution. Aiming to investigate the role of B7H1 in DTC and correlate this protein with other tumor-infiltrating immune cells, we studied 407(More)
Mutations in LGI1 were described in patients with autosomal dominant partial epilepsy with auditory features (ADPEAF), and recent clinical findings have implicated LGI1 in human brain development. However, the precise role of LGI1 in epileptogenesis remains largely unknown. The objective of this study was to determine the expression pattern of Lgi1 in mice(More)
Human EFHC1 is a member of the EF-hand superfamily of Ca(2+)-binding proteins with three DM10 domains of unclear function. Point mutations in the EFHC1 gene are related to juvenile myoclonic epilepsy, a fairly common idiopathic generalized epilepsy. Here, we report the first structural and thermodynamic analyses of the EFHC1C-terminus (residues 403-640;(More)
One of the putative causative genes for juvenile myoclonic epilepsy (JME) is EFHC1. We report here the expression profile and distribution of Efhc1 messenger RNA (mRNA) during mouse and rat brain development. Real-time polymerase chain reaction revealed that there is no difference in the expression of Efhc1 mRNA between right and left hemispheres in both(More)
Iron (Fe) is an essential nutrient for plants, but it can generate oxidative stress at high concentrations. In this study, Coffea arabica L. cell suspension cultures were exposed to excess Fe (60 and 240 μM) to investigate changes in the gene expression of ferritin and antioxidant enzymes. Iron content accumulated during cell growth, and Western blot(More)
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