Lais Batista Carmo Silva

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Insects have evolved a variety of physiological and behavioral responses to various toxins in natural and managed ecosystems. However, insect behavior is seldom considered in insecticide studies although insects are capable of changing their behavior in response to their sensory perception of insecticides, which may compromise insecticide efficacy. This is(More)
We report the detection of insulin-like antigens in a large range of species utilizing a modified ELISA plate assay and Western blotting. We tested the leaves or aerial parts of species of Rhodophyta (red alga), Bryophyta (mosses), Psilophyta (whisk ferns), Lycopodophyta (club mosses), Sphenopsida (horsetails), gymnosperms, and angiosperms, including(More)
Evidence based on immunological cross-reactivity and anti-diabetic properties has suggested the presence of insulin-like peptides in plants. The objective of the present study was to investigate the presence of insulin-like proteins in the leaves of Bauhinia variegata ("pata-de-vaca", "mororó"), a plant widely utilized in popular medicine as an(More)
Since the discovery of bovine insulin in plants, much effort has been devoted to the characterization of these proteins and elucidation of their functions. We report here the isolation of a protein with similar molecular mass and same amino acid sequence to bovine insulin from developing fruits of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata) genotype Epace 10. Insulin was(More)
Fitness cost is usually associated with insecticide resistance and may be mitigated by increased energy accumulation and mobilization. Preliminary evidence in the maize weevil (Coleoptera: Curculionidae) suggested possible involvement of amylases in such phenomenon. Therefore, alpha-amylases were purified from an insecticide-susceptible and two(More)
The dorsal periaqueductal grey (DPAG) is a midbrain region that plays a fundamental role on the expression of the anxiety and fear-related responses. Increased fear and anxiety levels are the most frequent symptoms present in the alcohol withdrawal syndrome. This study aims to assess whether GABA and opioid receptors of the DPAG could be implicated in the(More)
Insecticide resistance is usually associated with fitness costs, but such costs may be mitigated by increased energy and amino acid accumulation and mobilization as has been suggested in the maize weevil Sitophilus zeamais (Coleoptera: Curculionidae). To address this adaptation, cysteine proteinases (E.C. 3.4.22), one of the main proteinases in weevils, was(More)
The presence of phaseolin (a vicilin-like 7S storage globulin) peptides in the seed coat of the legume Phaseolus lunatus L. (lima bean) was demonstrated by N-terminal amino acid sequencing. Utilizing an artificial seed system assay we showed that phaseolin, isolated from both cotyledon and testa tissues of P. lunatus, is detrimental to the nonhost bruchid(More)
Serine proteinases from three strains of Sitophilus zeamais (Coleoptera: Curculionidae), one susceptible and two resistant to insecticides--one exhibiting fitness cost (resistant cost strain) and the other lacking it (resistant no-cost strain), were partially purified using an aprotinin-agarose affinity column providing purification factors ranging from(More)