Lucia Mendonça Previato

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We report the clinical phenotype in three kindreds with familial heterozygous hypobetalipoproteinemia (FHBL) carrying novel truncated apolipoprotein Bs (apoBs) of different sizes (apoB-8.15, apoB-33.4 and apoB-75.7). In D.A. kindred, we found three carriers of a C-deletion in exon 10 leading to the synthesis of apoB-8.15 not detectable in plasma. They(More)
The pathogenic protozoan parasite Trypanosoma cruzi expresses on its surface an unusual family of glycoinositolphospholipids (GIPLs) closely related to glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchors. Different parasite isolates express distinct GIPLs which fall into two series, depending on the substitution of the third mannosyl residue in the conserved glycan(More)
Lipoprotein lipase (LPL) plays a central role in normal lipid metabolism as the key enzyme involved in the hydrolysis of triglycerides present in chylomicrons and very low density lipoproteins. LPL is a member of a family of hydrolytic enzymes that include hepatic lipase and pancreatic lipase. Based on primary sequence homology of LPL to pancreatic lipase,(More)
We have studied the underlying molecular defect in a patient presenting with recurrent pancreatitis, hypertriglyceridemia, and virtually undetectable postheparin plasma lipoprotein lipase (LPL) mass and activity, who normalized her triglycerides 3 to 6 months after initiation of either medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil or omega-3 fatty acid (omega-3-FA)(More)
In this study we assessed whether widely accepted risk factors for atherosclerotic vascular diseases such as lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)], a cholesterol-rich lipoprotein under strict genetical control, and other lipid parameters change with age. The variations of blood levels and the pathophysiological role of Lp(a) in old people, and particularly in the oldest(More)
Lipoprotein lipase (LPL), a key enzyme in normal lipoprotein metabolism, has a complex pattern of regulation and tissue-specific expression. Several potential binding sites for transcription factors, including the recognition sequences for CCAAT/enhancer-binding protein and octamer-binding proteins (Oct) have been described in the 5'-flanking region of the(More)
The molecular defect that leads to a deficiency of lipoprotein lipase (LPL) activity in the proband from a Bethesda kindred has been identified. The pre- and post-heparin plasma LPL mass in the proband was elevated when compared to controls; however, there was no detectable LPL activity, indicating the presence of a defective enzyme (termed LPLBethesda).(More)
Lipoprotein lipase (LPL) is a complex enzyme consisting of multiple functional domains essential for the initial hydrolysis of triglycerides present in plasma lipoproteins. Previous studies have localized the catalytic domain of LPL, responsible for the hydrolytic function of the enzyme, to the N-terminus whereas the C-terminal end may play a role in lipid(More)
Glycoinositolphospholipids (GIPLs) are some of the major glycolipids of the Trypanosoma cruzi surface that were previously shown to activate B cells. In the present study, we investigated whether (i) T. cruzi GIPLs could induce immunoglobulin secretion from B cells in the absence of T cells and NK cells and whether (ii) NK cells are also stimulated by the(More)