Leonardo Broetto

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The production of lipase by twenty-nine yeasts isolated from the phylloplane of Hibiscus rosa-sinensis was evaluated. The highest lipase producers were Pseudozyma hubeiensis HB85A, Debaryomyces occidentalis-like HB83 and Cryptococcus sp. HB80. P. hubeiensis HB85A batch fermentations were carried out in a bioreactor and lipase production improved 3.2-fold as(More)
Species of Acanthamoeba are frequently isolated from distinct environmental sources such as water, soil, dust and air. They are responsible to cause infections and disease in humans and animals. In addition, Acanthamoeba sp. are considered an important reservoir of bacteria, virus and fungi, which act as "Trojan horses" to protect these microorganisms of(More)
Several independent surveys of yeasts associated with different plant materials and soil led to the proposal of a novel yeast species belonging to the Tremellales clade (Agaricomycotina, Basidiomycota). Analysis of the sequences of the D1/D2 domains and internal transcribed spacer region of the large subunit of the rRNA gene suggested affinity to a(More)
Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) is a classic glycolytic enzyme that plays important roles in various cellular processes. Here, we report the sequence and transcriptional analyses of a regulated gene (gpdh1) encoding GAPDH in the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae, a well-characterized biocontrol agent of a wide range of(More)
Metarhizium anisopliae is an entomopathogenic fungus with the ability to infect a broad range of arthropods, and have evolved distinct strategies for their attachment to hosts. Here, we describe the characterisation of ecto-phosphatase activity on the conidia surface of M. anisopliae and its relevance in the host interaction process. Ecto-phosphatase(More)
Iron is essential and ubiquitous in living organisms. The competition for this micronutrient between the host and its pathogens has been related to disease establishment. Cryptococcus gattii is an encapsulated yeast that causes cryptococcosis mainly in immunocompetent individuals. In this study, we analyzed the proteomic profile of the C. gattii R265(More)
Metarhizium anisopliae is an entomopathogenic fungus used in the biological control of some agricultural insect pests, and efforts are underway to use this fungus in the control of insect-borne human diseases. A large repertoire of proteins must be secreted by M. anisopliae to cope with the various available nutrients as this fungus switches through(More)
The high-conserved translation elongation factor 1 alpha (tef-1alpha) gene from the enthomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium anisopliae was characterized to select the promoter region. A 640-bp DNA fragment upstream to the start codon was employed to drive the expression of the reporter protein sGFP or a dominant selectable marker, the gene bar (resistance to(More)
Metarhizium anisopliae is a well-characterized biocontrol agent of a wide range of plagues, including insects and acari. To identify genes involved in the infection process, representational difference analysis was performed using cDNA generated from germinated conidia of M. anisopliae in the tick Boophilus microplus cuticle, and cDNA generated during(More)
Yeast surveys associated with different bromeliads in north-eastern Brazil led to the proposal of two novel yeast species, Carlosrosaea hohenbergiae sp. nov. and Carlosrosaea aechmeae sp. nov., belonging to the Tremellales clade (Agaricomycotina, Basidiomycota). Analysis of the sequences of the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region and D1/D2 domain of(More)