Marco Túlio Alves da Silva

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The phylogenetic position of Triatoma sherlocki within triatomines group was inferred by analyzing mtDNA fragments of Cyt B and 16S ribosomal RNA by using maximum parsimony and Bayesian analysis. Despite being differentiated from members of the T. brasiliensis complex on morphologic grounds, molecular phylogenetic analysis suggests T. sherlocki is a member(More)
The phylogenetic relationships among species of Triatoma matogrossensis subcomplex (T. baratai, T. guazu, T. matogrossensis, T. sordida, T. vandae, and T. williami) was addressed by using fragments of cytochrome oxidase I (COI), 16S rDNA (16S), and cytochrome b (Cytb) through Bayesian and parsimony analyses. We did not recover a monophyletic T.(More)
Selenium (Se) is an essential trace element for several organisms and is present in proteins as selenocysteine (Sec or U), an amino acid that is chemically distinct from serine and cysteine by a single atom (Se instead of O or S, respectively). Sec is incorporated into selenoproteins at an in-frame UGA codon specified by an mRNA stem-loop structure called(More)
The energy transitions of GaAsSbN/GaAs strained-layer single quantum wells (QWs), grown by molecular-beam epitaxy, are studied in detail, using photoluminescence (PL) and photoreflectance (PR) spectroscopies. The optical transitions energy observed in the PL and PR spectra of GaAsSbN/GaAs QWs show a strong decrease with a small increase in the N(More)
Photoluminescence measurements at different temperatures have been performed to investigate the effects of confinement on the electron-phonon interaction in GaAs/AlGaAs quantum wells (QWs). A series of samples with different well widths in the range from 150 up to 750 Å was analyzed. Using a fitting procedure based on the Pässler-p model to describe the(More)
Based on the literature data from HT-29 cell monolayers, we develop a model for its growth, analogous to an epidemic model, mixing local and global interactions. First, we propose and solve a deterministic equation for the progress of these colonies. Thus, we add a stochastic (local) interaction and simulate the evolution of an Eden-like aggregate by using(More)
The synthesis of selenocysteine-containing proteins (selenoproteins) involves the interaction of selenocysteine synthase (SelA), tRNA (tRNA(Sec)), selenophosphate synthetase (SelD, SPS), a specific elongation factor (SelB), and a specific mRNA sequence known as selenocysteine insertion sequence (SECIS). Because selenium compounds are highly toxic in the(More)
The temperature dependence of the photoluminescence properties of a thin film of poly[2-methoxy-5-(2(')-ethylhexyloxy)-p-phenylene-vinylene], MEH-PPV, fabricated by spin coating, is analyzed. The evolution with temperature of the peak energy of the purely electronic transition, of the first vibronic band, of the effective conjugation length, and of the(More)
This work reports for the first time the identification and immunolocalization, by confocal and conventional indirect immunofluorescence, of m3G epitopes present in ribonucleoproteins of the following trypanosomatids: Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigotes of three different strains, Blastocrithidia ssp., and Leishmania major promastigotes. The identity of these(More)
In this work, we used five cell lineages, cultivated in vitro, to show they follow a common functional form to the growth rate: a sigmoidal curve, suggesting that competition and cooperation (usual mechanisms for systems with this behavior) might be present. Both theoretical and experimental investigations, on the causes of this behavior, are challenging(More)