Leonardo Broetto

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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)
The high-conserved translation elongation factor 1 α (tef-1α) 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 ammonium(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)
Mycoplasmas are very fastidious in their nutritional requirements for in vitro growth and have limited biosynthetic capacity, a reflection of their reduced genomes. As a result, these bacteria depend upon external metabolites for nutrition and growth and have developed dependence on their hosts for survival and maintenance. Protein degradation and peptide(More)
Two independent surveys of yeasts associated with different bromeliads in different Brazilian regions led to the proposal of a novel yeast species, Bullera vrieseae sp. nov., belonging to the Tremellales clade (Agaricomycotina, Basidiomycota). Analysis of the sequences in the internal transcribed spacer (ITS) region and D1/D2 domain of the LSU rRNA gene(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)
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)
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)
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 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)