Lilian T. Costa

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The SOS system of Escherichia coli is coordinated by two proteins: LexA, a repressor protein of several unlinked genes, and the coprotease RecA. As known to date LexA controls 31 genes with slightly different DNA binding motifs allowing for a variable degree of repression from one gene to the other. Besides the SOS system LexA plays an important role in the(More)
G-quadruplex DNAs are cyclic arrays of four guanine bases binding by Hoogsteen hydrogen bonds, found in the telomeric regions of chromosomes and in transcriptional regulatory regions of several important oncogenes. Here, we used high resolution atomic force microscopy (AFM) to observe a specific guanine (G) tetrad mediated complex formation of(More)
The Ebola fusion peptide (EBO₁₆) is a hydrophobic domain that belongs to the GP2 membrane fusion protein of the Ebola virus. It adopts a helical structure in the presence of mimetic membranes that is stabilized by the presence of an aromatic-aromatic interaction established by Trp8 and Phe12. In spite of its infectious cycle becoming better understood(More)
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