Margareth de L Capurro

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We are developing transgenic mosquitoes resistant to malaria parasites to test the hypothesis that genetically-engineered mosquitoes can be used to block the transmission of the parasites. We are developing and testing many of the necessary methodologies with the avian malaria parasite, Plasmodium gallinaceum, and its laboratory vector, Aedes aegypti, in(More)
The plasma vitellogenin of Bothrops jararaca is composed of two subunits. The larger subunit (160 kDa) is phosphate rich and carbohydrate poor, while the smaller (110 kDa) is highly glycosylated and less phosphorylated. As in other vertebrates, the vitellogenin of B. jararaca is synthesized in the liver under estrogen control. The newly synthesized(More)
Peroxynitrite, the potent oxidant formed by the fast reaction between nitric oxide and superoxide anion, has been suggested to be the reactive intermediate responsible for some of the pathologies associated with an over-production of nitric oxide. In this report, we demonstrate that both nitric oxide and peroxynitrite are formed during infection of the(More)
Hexamerins are proteins found in high abundance in the haemolymph of larval and adult insects. The expression patterns of the genes encoding the house fly, Musca domestica, hexamerins were determined by Northern analyses using cDNAs as probes. A cDNA, A1, hybridized to a fat body-specific messenger RNA (mRNA) which is detectable in larvae until pupation.(More)
During Musca domestica vitellogenesis a protein is preferentially synthesized by the female fat body and accumulates in the haemolymph but not in the ovaries. This protein, designated nonvitellogenic female protein (NVFP), was purified and shown to be a hexamer with an M(r) = 430 kDa, and subunits of M(r) = 70 kDa. The hexamer dissociates into subunits when(More)
Molecular studies on the tissue-specific gene expression in the salivary glands of Anopheles gambiae may provide useful tools for the development of new strategies for the control of the most efficient malaria vector in the sub-Saharan Africa. We summarize here the results of a recent investigation focused on the isolation of secreted factors and putative(More)
We describe a method for the purification of ferritin from Musca domestica larval hemolymph. Musca ferritin occurs in hemolymph predominantly as a native protein with molecular weight equal to 550,000 and subunits of 26,000. The average iron content of purified ferritin was determined to be 3,000 +/ 600 iron atoms per molecule. The iron contents of ferritin(More)
Lipophorin is the major hemolymph protein responsible for lipid transport among tissues of insects. This protein may be a lipid source for the development and reproduction of human malaria parasites in mosquitoes, and therefore could be a target to disrupt malaria parasite development in the vector. The lipophorin of Anopheles gambiae was purified by KBr(More)
A larval specific high-density lipoprotein (HDL) has been isolated from Musca domestica hemolymph by a combination of density gradient and glycerol gradient ultracentrifugations. The larval lipoprotein has a density of 1.134 g/ml and is formed by at least four apoproteins with molecular weights equal to 26,000, 23,000, 21,000, and 20,000. This lipoprotein(More)
The Musca domestica larval hexamerin (MdHex-L) is a hexameric glycoprotein with an apparent native molecular weight of 500 kDa. Seven different cDNAs that encode MdHex-L subunits were cloned and sequenced. Furthermore, amino acid sequences of isolated subunits were determined by the Edman degradation method and compared to the conceptual translation(More)