João António Rodrigues

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Asparagine-linked glycosylation is catalysed by oligosaccharyltransferase (OTase). In Trypanosoma brucei OTase activity is catalysed by single-subunit enzymes encoded by three paralogous genes of which TbSTT3B and TbSTT3C can complement a yeast Deltastt3 mutant. The two enzymes have overlapping but distinct peptide acceptor specificities, with TbSTT3C(More)
This paper is concerned with a tool that supports human experts in their task of classifying text excerpts suitable to be used in quizzes for learning materials and as items of exams that are aimed at assessing and certifying the language level of students taking courses of Portuguese as a second language. We assess the performance of this tool, which is(More)
Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) can be isolated from several tissues in the body, have the ability to self-renewal, show immune suppressive properties and are multipotent, being able to generate various cell types. At present, due to their intrinsic characteristics, MSCs are considered very promising in the area of tissue engineering and regenerative(More)
Injectable hydrogels with biodegradability have in situ formability which in vitro/in vivo allows an effective and homogeneous encapsulation of drugs/cells, and convenient in vivo surgical operation in a minimally invasive way, causing smaller scar size and less pain for patients. Therefore, they have found a variety of biomedical applications, such as drug(More)
Poly(amidoamine) dendrimers (generations 5 and 6) with amine termini were conjugated with peptides containing the arginine-glycine-aspartic acid (RGD) sequence having in view their application as gene delivery vectors. The idea behind the work was to take advantage of the cationic nature of dendrimers and of the integrin targeting capabilities of the RGD(More)
Esca is a destructive disease that affects vineyards leading to important losses in wine production. Information about the response of Vitis vinifera plants to this disease is scarce, particularly concerning changes in plant metabolism. In order to study the metabolic changes in Vitis plants affected by esca, leaves from both infected and non-affected(More)
Yulin Li,*,†,‡ Dina Maciel,† Joaõ Rodrigues,*,† Xiangyang Shi,*,†,§ and Helena Tomaś*,† †CQM-Centro de Química da Madeira, MMRG, Universidade da Madeira, Campus da Penteada 9000-390, Funchal, Portugal ‡The State Key Laboratory of Bioreactor Engineering, Key Laboratory for Ultrafine Materials of Ministry of Education, Engineering Research Centre for(More)
In this paper, we describe the range of N-linked glycan structures produced by wild-type and glucosidase II null mutant bloodstream form Trypanosoma brucei parasites and the creation and characterization of a bloodstream form Trypanosoma brucei UDP-glucose:glycoprotein glucosyltransferase null mutant. These analyses highlight peculiarities of the(More)
The analysis of E-2-nonenal is of considerable interest for the brewery industry as this compound is claimed to be responsible for a paper/cardboard unpleasant flavour. Usually, the presence of E-2-nonenal can be noticed in aged beers at levels higher than 0.1 microg/l. In this work, an analytical method was developed to determine E-2-nonenal in beer(More)
We have explored the potential of commercial polystyrene-divinylbenzene monolithic capillary nanoLC-MS/MS for identifying Sinorhizobium fredii HH103 nodulation outer proteins. Monolithic nanoLC with off-line MALDI-TOF/TOF and on-line ESI-q-oTOF is fast and robust, generating complementary data and offering high-confidence protein identifications from gel(More)