Luciana Werneck Zuccherato

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This work reports the results of analyses of three complete mycoplasma genomes, a pathogenic (7448) and a nonpathogenic (J) strain of the swine pathogen Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae and a strain of the avian pathogen Mycoplasma synoviae; the genome sizes of the three strains were 920,079 bp, 897,405 bp, and 799,476 bp, respectively. These genomes were compared(More)
Beta-defensins are a family of multifunctional genes with roles in defense against pathogens, reproduction, and pigmentation. In humans, six beta-defensin genes are clustered in a repeated region which is copy-number variable (CNV) as a block, with a diploid copy number between 1 and 12. The role in host defense makes the evolutionary history of this CNV(More)
The Y chromosome carries several spermatogenesis genes distributed in three regions: AZFa, AZFb and AZFc. Microdeletions in these regions have been seen in 10% of sterile males with azoospermia or oligozoospermia, the most frequent of them being characterized by a complete deletion of AZFc region. A partial AZFc deletion named gr/gr has been singled out as(More)
The population of Brazil, formed by extensive admixture between Amerindians, Europeans and Africans, is one of the most variable in the world. We have recently published a study that used ancestry-informative markers to conclude that in Brazil, at an individual level, color, as determined by physical evaluation, was a poor predictor of genomic ancestry,(More)
AbstractA recurrent partial azoospermia factor C (AZFc) deletion, called gr/gr, has been reported to be a male infertility risk factor. A specific type of Y chromosome observed in approximately 30% of Japanese males (haplogroup D derived at YAP+) is believed to have a fixed gr/gr deletion. A recent study claimed that spermatogenic failure is more likely in(More)
BACKGROUND Merozoites of Plasmodium falciparum invade through several pathways using different RBC receptors. Field isolates appear to use a greater variability of these receptors than laboratory isolates. Brazilian field isolates were shown to mostly utilize glycophorin A-independent invasion pathways via glycophorin B (GPB) and/or other receptors. The(More)
Admixture occurs when individuals from parental populations that have been isolated for hundreds of generations form a new hybrid population. Currently, interest in measuring biogeographic ancestry has spread from anthropology to forensic sciences, direct-to-consumers personal genomics, and civil rights issues of minorities, and it is critical for genetic(More)
Chromobacterium violaceum, a component of tropical soil microbiota, is an opportunistic pathogenic bacterium that can infect humans and other animals. In addition to identifying a large number of genes that demonstrate the vast biotechnological potential of this bacterium, genome sequencing revealed several virulence factors, including different cytolysins,(More)
Hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) is currently the only established curative treatment for sickle cell disease (SCD), but is limited by donor availability. Ethnicity is thought to have an impact on the complications experienced by patients that undergo HSCT and on the likelihood of identifying an human leukocyte antigen (HLA) matched donor. In(More)
This study was developed after approval by the Ethical Committees from the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais and the Hemominas Foundation. We estimated admixture in unrelated subjects with sickle cell disease (SCD, n = 200) and healthy blood donors (n = 291), sampled across different regions of the state of Minas Gerais (Figure S1), a geographic area in(More)