Maria Armanda Reis-Henriques

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Fatty acids, a considerable fraction of lipid molecules, participate in fundamental physiological processes. They undergo activation into their corresponding CoA esters for oxidation or esterification into complex lipids (e.g. triglycerides, phospholipids and cholesterol esters), a process that is carried out by acyl-CoA synthases (ACS). Here we analyze the(More)
BACKGROUND The cytochrome P450 aromatase (CYP19), catalyses the aromatisation of androgens to estrogens, a key mechanism in vertebrate reproductive physiology. A current evolutionary hypothesis suggests that CYP19 gene arose at the origin of vertebrates, given that it has not been found outside this clade. The human CYP19 gene is located in one of the(More)
ATP-binding cassette (ABC) proteins were first recognized for their role in multidrug resistance (MDR) in chemotherapeutic treatments, which is a major impediment for the successful treatment of many forms of malignant tumors in humans. These proteins, highly conserved throughout vertebrate species, were later related to cellular detoxification and(More)
The present study evaluated the effects of cyclic variations of hydrostatic pressure (HP) on neurotransmitters in the whole brain of flounder. The concentrations of the biogenic amines L-3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (L-DOPA), dopamine (DA), norepinephrine (NE), epinephrine (E), 3,4-dihydroxyphenylacetic acid (DOPAC), homovanillic acid (HVA), 3-methoxytyramine(More)
BACKGROUND The potential impact of natural and synthetic estrogens on aquatic ecosystems has attracted considerable attention because it is currently accepted that their joint effects are more severe when they are present in mixtures. Although it is well-known that they occur as mixtures in the marine environment, there is little information about the(More)
Although retinoids have been reported to be present and active in vertebrates and invertebrates, the presence of mechanisms for retinoid storage in the form of retinyl esters, a key feature to maintain whole-organism retinoid homeostasis, have been considered to date a vertebrate innovation. Here we demonstrate for the first time the presence of retinol and(More)
HSD17B12 is a member of the hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase superfamily, a multifunctional group of enzymes involved in the metabolism of steroids, retinoids, bile and fatty acids. Whether the main role of HSD17B12 in mammals is in steroid or fatty acid metabolism is a subject of intense debate. In mollusks it has been shown that an HSD17B12 orthologue can(More)
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