João D G Correia

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A thorough discussion of the statistical ensemble of scale-free connected random tree graphs is presented. Methods borrowed from field theory are used to define the ensemble and to study analytically its properties. The ensemble is characterized by two global parameters, the fractal and the spectral dimensions, which are explicitly calculated. It is(More)
UNLABELLED Lupus nephritis (LN) is a frequent and serious manifestation of systemic lupus erythematosus. However, the outcome has progressively improved in the last 3 decades and this was due to more efficient and early treatment of LN and comorbid situations. The aim of our study was to analyze our experience and outcome in LN, to evaluate(More)
Methanococcus voltae is a mesophilic archaeon with flagella composed of flagellins that are initially made with 11- or 12-amino-acid leader peptides that are cleaved prior to incorporation of the flagellin into the growing filament. Preflagellin peptidase activity was demonstrated in immunoblotting experiments with flagellin antibody to detect unprocessed(More)
In developed countries, cancer is the second leading cause of death, being only surpassed by cardiovascular diseases. To develop tumor-targeted tools to localize and treat cancer at an early stage is a multidisciplinary area fuelled by the convergence of biology, medicine, chemistry, physics and engineering. Chemists, in particular, play a critical role in(More)
Bisphosphonates (BP's), biologically stable analogs of naturally occurring pyrophosphates, became the treatment of choice for pathologic conditions characterized by increased osteoclast-mediated bone resorption, namely Paget's disease, osteoporosis and tumor bone disease. Moreover, the clinical success of BP's is also associated with their use in(More)
A novel concept for a positron emission tomography (PET) camera module is proposed, which provides full 3D reconstruction with high resolution over the total detector volume, free of parallax errors. The key components are a matrix of long scintillator crystals and hybrid photon detectors (HPDs) with matched segmentation and integrated readout electronics.(More)
The role of the alumina barrier layer thickness (δ(b)) on the growth of Ni nanowires (NWs) in porous anodic alumina (PAA) has been revealed. By varying the final anodization voltage to form dendrites at the bottom of the nanoporous structure, we are able to optimize δ(b) (in the 2-16 nm range), allowing us to obtain a Ni pore filling percentage (f(p)) of(More)
The coordination chemistry of the heterofunctionalized phosphines HPN2 and H2PNO and of an analogue containing a relevant biomolecule, HPN-Pip (Pip = 4-(3-aminopropyl)-1-(2-methoxyphenyl)piperazine), was studied toward the synthon (NE4)2[ReBr3(CO)3]. The complexes isolated, [Re(CO)3(kappa(3)-PN2)], 3, [Re(CO)3Br(kappa(2)-H2PNO)], 4, and(More)
We describe a case of 27 year-old female presenting with Kikuchi-Fujimoto's disease whose diagnosis was based on histopathologic and immunophenotypic studies. The illness was characterized by fever, urinary tract infections, skin rash, polyarthritis, generalized lymphadenopathy, pancytopenia, hepatic cytolysis and cholestasis, abnormal coagulation tests and(More)
Selective inhibition of the nitric oxide synthase isoforms (NOS) is a promising approach for the treatment of various disorders. However, given the high active site conservation among all NOS isoforms, the design of selective inhibitors is a challenging task. Analysis of the X-ray crystal structures of the NOS isoforms complexed with known inhibitors most(More)