Márcio Tadeu Pereira

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The Rad51 gene encodes a highly conserved enzyme involved in DNA double-strand break (DSB) repair and recombination processes. We cloned and characterized the Rad51 gene from Trypanosoma cruzi, the protozoan parasite that causes Chagas disease. This gene is expressed in all three forms of the parasite life cycle, with mRNA levels that are two-fold more(More)
Cisplatin (CDDP) is one of the most active cytotoxic agents and has been widely used in the treatment of peritoneal carcinomatosis by the intraperitoneal (i.p.) route. However, CDDP, a low-molecular-weight compound, is rapidly absorbed by the capillaries in the i.p. serosa and transferred to the bloodstream, inducing the appearance of systemic side-effects,(More)
We describe the purification of a cysteine proteinase from latex of Carica candamarcensis, hereby designated CC23. The enzyme has been purified by ion-exchange chromatography and behaves electrophoretically as a monomer of M(r) 23,000 and optimal pH of 8.0. It displays a basic isoelectric point, has one cysteine residue in the active site by titration with(More)
Bovine trypsin is a model system for the serine protease class of enzymes, which is an important target for contemporary medicinal chemistry. Some structural and thermodynamic reports are available on its interaction with benzamidine-based compounds but no structural information is available so far on its binding modes to the active principles of the(More)
Serine-proteases are involved in vital processes in virtually all species. They are important targets for researchers studying the relationships between protein structure and activity, for the rational design of new pharmaceuticals. Trypsin was used as a model to assess a possible differential contribution of hydration water to the binding of two synthetic(More)
We examined the radioprotective effect of aminothiol 2-N-propylamine-cyclo-hexanethiol (20-PRA) on a human leukemic cell line (K562) following various radiation doses (5, 7.5 and 20 Gy) using a source of 60Co gamma-rays. At 5 Gy and 1 nM 20-PRA, a substantial protective effect (58%) was seen 24 h after irradiation, followed by a decrease at 48 h (11%). At(More)
Purpose: To describe a new model of actinic enteritis that does not use radiotherapy machines. Methods: Sixteen Wistar rats were divided into four groups, consisting of four animals each: control (group A), two weeks after irradiation (group B), five weeks after irradiation (group C) and eight weeks after irradiation (group D). Animals were given a 10Gy(More)
The effects of different doses of gamma radiation (0-20kGy) on the color and lipid oxidation of mortadella prepared with increasing nitrite levels (0-300ppm) were evaluated using a central composite rotatable design. Higher radiation doses increased the redox potential, promoted the lipid oxidation and elevating the hue color of the mortadellas.(More)
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