Luis G. Morello

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This study describes the screening of extracts obtained from 19 species of plants used in Brazilian traditional medicine for treatment of a variety of diseases. The extracts were tested against axenic amastigote and promastigote forms of Leishmania (L.) amazonensis, and epimastigote forms of Trypanosoma cruzi in vitro at a concentration of 100 μg/ml.(More)
This study reports the activity of crude extracts, fractions and parthenolide (pure compound) obtained from Tanacetum parthenium against two forms of the parasite Trypanosoma cruzi. Feverfew is a traditional herbal medicine that has been used for the treatment of migraine, fever and arthritis. Activity against epimastigote forms was observed for crude(More)
Aspergillus westerdijkiae is a new species of fungus that was recently dismembered from Aspergillus ochraceus taxon. Most isolates of A. westerdijkiae are able to produce large amounts of a mycotoxin called ochratoxin A (OA). OA has been found in food and beverages, such as coffee. A. westerdijkiae is very similar to A. ochraceus, and several isolates(More)
Ki-1/57 is a cytoplasmic and nuclear protein of 57 kDa first identified in malignant cells from Hodgkin's lymphoma. Based on yeast-two hybrid protein interaction we found out that Ki-1/57 interacts with adaptor protein RACK1 (receptor of activated kinase 1), CIRP (cold-inducible RNA-binding protein), RPL38 (ribosomal protein L38) and FXR1 (fragile X mental(More)
NIP7 is one of the many trans-acting factors required for eukaryotic ribosome biogenesis, which interacts with nascent pre-ribosomal particles and dissociates as they complete maturation and are exported to the cytoplasm. By using conditional knockdown, we have shown previously that yeast Nip7p is required primarily for 60S subunit synthesis while human(More)
Eukaryotic ribosome biogenesis requires the function of a large number of trans-acting factors which interact transiently with the nascent pre-rRNA and dissociate as the ribosomal subunits proceed to maturation and export to the cytoplasm. Loss-of-function mutations in human trans-acting factors or ribosome components may lead to genetic syndromes. In a(More)
In eukaryotes, ribosome biogenesis involves excision of transcribed spacer sequences from the preribosomal RNA, base and ribose covalent modification at specific sites, assembly of ribosomal proteins, and transport of subunits from the nucleolus to the cytoplasm where mature ribosomes engage in mRNA translation. The biochemical reactions throughout ribosome(More)
Sepsis is the leading cause of death in intensive care units (ICUs) worldwide and its diagnosis remains a challenge. Blood culturing is the gold standard technique for blood stream infection (BSI) identification. Molecular tests to detect pathogens in whole blood enable early use of antimicrobials and affect clinical outcomes. Here, using real-time PCR, we(More)
Cryptococcus neoformans is a basidiomycetous fungus and an opportunistic human pathogen that causes infections in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent hosts. The ability to survive and proliferate at the human body temperature is an essential virulence attribute of this microorganism. Representational difference analysis (RDA) was used to profile gene(More)
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