Lucília Saraiva

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Mitochondrial involvement in yeast apoptosis is probably the most unifying feature in the field. Reports proposing a role for mitochondria in yeast apoptosis present evidence ranging from the simple observation of ROS accumulation in the cell to the identification of mitochondrial proteins mediating cell death. Although yeast is unarguably a simple model it(More)
The potential of Gafanhoto Park as an American cutaneous leishmaniasis (ACL) focus was evaluated by examination of sand fly vectors of the Leishmania parasite. This forest remnant is located in a periurban area of Divin6polis, Brazil, where autochthonous cases of ACL have been reported. Sand fly populations were monitored over a 2-yr period (2006-2008) by(More)
The virtual screening of a library of xanthone derivatives led us to the identification of potential novel MDM2 ligands. The activity of these compounds as inhibitors of p53-MDM2 interaction was investigated using a yeast phenotypic assay, herein developed for the initial screening. Using this approach, in association with a yeast p53 transactivation assay,(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in LRRK2 are the most common genetic cause of Parkinson's disease (PD). Studies in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae have provided valuable insights into the mechanisms of cellular dysfunction associated with the expression of faulty PD genes. METHODS We developed a yeast model for full-length LRRK2 studies. We expressed wild-type(More)
During cerebral inflammation uracil nucleotides leak to the extracellular medium and activate glial pyrimidine receptors contributing to the development of a reactive phenotype. Chronically activated microglia acquire an anti-inflammatory phenotype that favors neuronal differentiation, but the impact of these microglia on astrogliosis is unknown. We(More)
Protein kinase Cα (PKCα) is a classical PKC isoform whose involvement in cell death is not completely understood. Bax, a major member of the Bcl-2 family, is required for apoptotic cell death and regulation of Bax translocation and insertion into the outer mitochondrial membrane is crucial for regulation of the apoptotic process. Here we show that PKCα(More)
Yeast revealed to be a versatile organism for studying endocytosis. Here, inhibition of endocytosis by H(2)O(2) and its correlation with apoptotic cell death were ascertained in Saccharomyces cerevisiae. We found that H(2)O(2) causes alterations in vacuolar morphology and a concentration-dependent inhibition of endocytosis. We also found that(More)
Mutations in Parkin, an E3 ubiquitin ligase, are associated to autosomal recessive Parkinson's disease (PD). Parkin has been mainly implicated, along with Pink1, in mitochondrial autophagy in response to stress. In this study, a yeast model was developed to analyse the biological function of human Parkin. We observed that Parkin increases yeast(More)
The Bcl-2 protein family plays a central role in mitochondrial membrane permeabilization. This event and the ensuing release of cytochrome c are decisive in the apoptotic cascade. Therefore, a better knowledge of these processes and their regulation will probably lead to the development of novel therapeutic strategies for treatment of apoptosis-related(More)
The complexity of the mammalian p53 pathway and protein kinase C (PKC) family has hampered the discrimination of the effect of PKC isoforms on p53 activity. Using yeasts co-expressing the human wild-type p53 and a mammalian PKC-alpha, -delta, -epsilon or -zeta, we showed a differential regulation of p53 activity and phosphorylation state by PKC isoforms.(More)