Lilian Terezinha Costa

Learn More
Plasmacytoid dendritic cells (PDC) represent a highly specialized immune cell subset that produces large quantities of the anti-viral cytokines type I interferons (IFN-alpha and IFN-beta) upon viral infection. PDC employ a member of the family of toll-like receptors, TLR9, to detect CpG motifs (unmethylated CG dinucleotides in certain base context) present(More)
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)
In the last decades, a series of compounds, including quinones and polyphenols, has been described as having anti-fibrillogenic action on α-synuclein (α-syn) whose aggregation is associated to the pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease (PD). Most of these molecules act as promiscuous anti-amyloidogenic agents, interacting with the diverse amyloidogenic(More)
We present possible applications of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) as a force spectroscopy tool in genomics and proteomics. AFM applications in these fields have opened new opportunities for studying the mechanical properties of biomolecules and their interactions in their native environment, as well as in determining the binding affinity of DNA proteins in(More)
  • 1