José Franco da Silveira

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Whole-genome sequencing of the protozoan pathogen Trypanosoma cruzi revealed that the diploid genome contains a predicted 22,570 proteins encoded by genes, of which 12,570 represent allelic pairs. Over 50% of the genome consists of repeated sequences, such as retrotransposons and genes for large families of surface molecules, which include trans-sialidases,(More)
Xylella fastidiosa is a fastidious, xylem-limited bacterium that causes a range of economically important plant diseases. Here we report the complete genome sequence of X. fastidiosa clone 9a5c, which causes citrus variegated chlorosis--a serious disease of orange trees. The genome comprises a 52.7% GC-rich 2,679,305-base-pair (bp) circular chromosome and(More)
The 43,000-Da glycoprotein (gp43) of Paracoccidioides brasiliensis is an immunodominant antigen for antibody-dependent and immune cellular responses in patients with paracoccidioidomycosis. In order to identify the peptide epitopes involved in the immunological reactivities of the gp43 and to obtain highly specific recombinant molecules for diagnosis of the(More)
Microorganisms use specialized systems to export virulence factors into host cells. Secretion of effector proteins into the extracellular environment has been described in Trypanosoma cruzi; however, a comprehensive proteomic analysis of the secretome and the secretion mechanisms involved remain elusive. Here, we present evidence that T. cruzi releases(More)
We present here a characterization of the telomeric and subtelomeric regions of Trypanosoma cruzi chromosomes, using three types of recombinants: cosmids from a genomic library, clones obtained by a vector-adaptor protocol, and a recombinant fragment cloned by a Bal31 trimming protocol. The last nine nucleotides of the T. cruzi overhang are 5'-GGGTTAGGG-3',(More)
Here we present the karyotype analysis and genome sizing of Paracoccidioides brasiliensis, a pathogen refractory to conventional genetic analysis. We have established pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) conditions to resolve the high-molecular-weight chromosomal bands of two clinical isolates of P. brasiliensis. Both isolates showed four megabase-sized(More)
Diagnosis of individuals infected by Trypanosoma cruzi is performed mainly by serological tests using crude antigens, which might crossreact with other infections. In the past ten years, many recombinant T. cruzi proteins and synthetic peptides have been described, and some are already on the market. Managers of laboratories and blood banks need to make(More)
The commercially available diagnostic tests for Chagas' disease employ whole extracts or semipurified fractions of Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigotes. Considerable variation in the reproducibility and reliability of these tests has been reported by different research laboratories, mainly due to cross-reactivity with other pathogens and standardization of the(More)
A genomic clone expressing a Trypanosoma cruzi antigen in Escherichia coli was identified using human chagasic sera. Chagasic antibodies affinity purified on extracts of this clone recognized a high-molecular-weight protein expressed in all developmental stages of the parasite life cycle, as well as in various T. cruzi strains. The antigen is associated(More)
We have cloned and sequenced a cDNA clone coding for a metacyclic trypomastigote-specific surface glycoprotein with a molecular mass of 82 kDa (MTS-gp82). By immunoblotting and immunoprecipitation, antibodies against the recombinant protein recognized an 82-kDa protein of metacyclic trypomastigotes, without any detectable reaction towards amastigotes,(More)