Isabel T Sousa

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The authors describe a clinical case of chronic myeloid leukemia with a typical presentation (massive splenomegaly and marked leucocytosis), but with a complex translocation--t (7; 9; 22) (q11; q34; q11). The evolution was rather atypical with a lymphoblastic crisis in association with osteolytic lesions and with parenchymal and soft tissue lymphoblastic(More)
Whey protein isolate and glycerol were mixed to form a matrix to incorporate antimicrobial agents and produce edible films with antimicrobial activity against Listeria monocytogenes strains isolated from cheeses. Various organic acids were used to decrease pH down to approximately 3. In a preliminary assay without nisin, the effect of each organic acid was(More)
The inhibitory effects of nisin, natamycin and malic acid, incorporated in whey protein films with pH 3, were investigated alone or with addition of sucrose esters, Tween80 or EDTA. Water vapour permeability measurements and mechanical and rheological tests were also assessed. EDTA and Tween80 did not significantly (P < 0.05) influence the inhibitory(More)
The aim of this study was to evaluate the role of oxidative stress in the pathobiology of lymphoid leukaemias and its involvement in leukaemic relapse. For this purpose the generation of peroxides by mononuclear cells, the erythrocyte activity of superoxide-dismutase (SOD) and glutathione peroxidase (GL-PX), and the plasma levels of reduced glutathione(More)
The effect of freezing on the properties of a raw ewes'-milk semi-soft cheese (Serpa cheese) was studied using small amplitude oscillatory (SAOS) and texture measurements, colour and chemical parameters. The freezing was introduced at three different stages of the ripening process (28, 35 and 42 days), and the cheeses were maintained frozen for 12 months.(More)
Raw ewes' milk semi-soft cheeses (RESS-cheeses) are important products in Portugal and in several European regions. Creamy texture is an essential attribute of these cheeses, which results from structural properties that are not always well characterized. Here, the structural changes occurring during the ripening period of a traditional RESS-cheese, known(More)
The use of natural colourings in food products presents nutritional advantages, and certain pigments are associated with functional properties, e.g. antioxidant effects. This can be very advantageous in food products with high fat contents like mayonnaises. The aim of this work was to study the effect of adding natural pigments, lutein and phycocyanin, to(More)
In this work, the solution properties of the bacterial fucose-rich polysaccharide, FucoPol, were studied. The effect of pH (3.5-10.0) and ionic strength (0.02-1.0 M NaCl) on the intrinsic viscosity and steady shear flow were evaluated using a central composite rotatable design of experiments and surface response methodology. FucoPol's intrinsic and apparent(More)
BACKGROUND Although thyroid dysgenesis is the most common cause of congenital hypothyroidism (CH), its molecular basis remains largely elusive. Indeed, in only a minority of cases with thyroid dysgenesis (2%-3%) was it possible to identify an underlying genetic defect. The objective of this study was to screen the PAX8 gene and the PAX2 gene in a family(More)
A fucose-containing exopolysaccharide (EPS) was produced by the bacterium Enterobacter A47 using glycerol byproduct from the biodiesel industry. The analysis of kinetic data suggested a partially growth associated EPS synthesis model. Although the EPS was composed of fucose, galactose and glucose at all cultivation stages, their relative proportion has(More)