Fernanda Maria Fernández Pereira

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In this study, we report the ultrastructural and growth alterations caused by cysteine peptidase inhibitors on the plant trypanosomatid Phytomonas serpens. We showed that the cysteine peptidase inhibitors at 10 microM were able to arrest cellular growth as well as promote alterations in the cell morphology, including the parasites becoming short and round.(More)
We have characterized the cysteine peptidase production by Phytomonas serpens, a tomato trypanosomatid. The parasites were cultivated in four distinct media, since growth conditions could modulate the synthesis of bioactive molecules. The proteolytic profile has not changed qualitatively regardless the media, showing two peptidases of 38 and 40kDa; however,(More)
Cysteine peptidases of protozoa have been implicated in a variety of biological events, and the expression of these enzymes is modulated in response to distinct stimuli, including environmental changes and differentiation. In the present work, we have examined the expression of cysteine peptidases from Herpetomonas samuelpessoai grown at distinct(More)
Herpetomonas samuelpessoai, an insect trypanosomatid, produces a 63-kDa metallopeptidase that has similar biochemical/immunological properties to Leishmania leishmanolysin, a virulence factor that participates in different stages of the parasite life cycle. Herein, we described some biochemical characteristics of the major surface metallopeptidase of H.(More)
Monoxenous trypanosomatids usually have an invertebrate as the only host in their life cycles, however, they have been found repeatedly in plants and/or mammals. To succeed in colonizing a vertebrate host, the parasite must quickly adapt to drastic changes in the environment (e.g. temperature), which reflect the conditions found in the insect and mammalian(More)
In previous studies, we showed that Herpetomonas samuelpessoai produced a large amount of a surface-located metallopeptidase that presented similar biochemical properties to that of gp63 from Leishmania spp., which is a well-known virulence factor expressed by these digenetic parasites. The present study aims to identify the proteolytic activity released by(More)
BACKGROUND A significant number of patients with schistosomiasis develop the hepatosplenic form, with portal hypertension, in which bleeding caused by rupture of esophagogastric varices emerged as the leading cause of morbidity and mortality. AIM To investigate the effects of splenectomy and ligature of the left gastric vein on risk factors for bleeding(More)
BACKGROUND In hepatosplenic schistosomiasis occurs diffuse hepatic fibrosis associated with venous congestion of the portal system resulting in hepatosplenomegaly. It can produce digestive hemorrhage caused by rupture of esophageal and stomach varices or peptic gastroduodenal mucosal lesions. AIM To study the effects of splenectomy and ligature of the(More)
Herpetomonas megaseliae is a monoxenic trypanosomatid isolated from the phorid fly Megaselia scalaris. In the present report, the expression of cell surface sialoglycoconjugates in this parasite was analyzed by Western blotting, flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy analyses using lectins that specifically recognize sialic acid residues. A strong(More)
This work proposes a novel method for the determination of trace concentrations of Cu, Mn and Ni in biodiesel samples by electrothermal atomic absorption spectrometry. In order to overcome problems related to the organic matrix in the direct introduction of the samples, a new extraction approach was investigated. The method was based on the extraction(More)