Juliana Ide Aoki

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Tubercidin (TUB) is an adenosine analog with potent antiparasite action, unfortunately associated with severe host toxicity. Prevention of TUB toxicity can be reached associating nitrobenzylthioinosine (NBMPR), an inhibitor of the purine nucleoside transport, specifically target to the mammal cells. It was demonstrated that this nucleoside transport(More)
BACKGROUND Leishmania is a protozoan parasite that alternates its life cycle between the sand-fly vector and the mammalian host. This alternation involves environmental changes and leads the parasite to dynamic modifications in morphology, metabolism, cellular signaling and regulation of gene expression to allow for a rapid adaptation to new conditions. The(More)
BACKGROUND Leishmania uses the amino acid L-arginine as a substrate for arginase, enzyme that produces urea and ornithine, last precursor of polyamine pathway. This pathway is used by the parasite to replicate and it is essential to establish the infection in the mammalian host. L-arginine is not synthesized by the parasite, so its uptake occurs through the(More)
BACKGROUND Tubercidin (TUB) is a toxic adenosine analog with potential antiparasitic activity against Leishmania, with mechanism of action and resistance that are not completely understood. For understanding the mechanisms of action and identifying the potential metabolic pathways affected by this drug, we employed in this study an overexpression/selection(More)
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