Maria Auxiliadora Morim Santos

Learn More
Ferredoxin-NADP(H) reductases (FNRs) are flavoenzymes that catalyze the electron transfer between NADP(H) and the proteins ferredoxin or flavodoxin. A number of structural features distinguish plant and bacterial FNRs, one of which is the mode of the cofactor FAD binding. Leptospira interrogans is a spirochaete parasitic bacterium capable of infecting(More)
The thyroid hormone receptor (TR) D-domain links the ligand-binding domain (LBD, EF-domain) to the DNA-binding domain (DBD, C-domain), but its structure, and even its existence as a functional unit, are controversial. The D domain is poorly conserved throughout the nuclear receptor family and was originally proposed to comprise an unfolded hinge that(More)
Small nuclear ribonucleoproteins (snRNPs) are involved in trans-splicing processing of pre-mRNA in Trypanosoma cruzi. To clone T. cruzi snRNPs we screened an epimastigote cDNA library with a purified antibody raised against the Sm-binding site of a yeast sequence. A clone was obtained containing a 507 bp-insert with an ORF of 399 bp and coding for a protein(More)
Because of its elevated cellulolytic activity, the filamentous fungus Trichoderma harzianum has a considerable potential in biomass hydrolysis applications. Trichoderma harzianum cellobiohydrolase I (ThCBHI), an exoglucanase, is an important enzyme in the process of cellulose degradation. Here, we report an easy single-step ion-exchange chromatographic(More)
Thyroid hormone receptors (TR) play critical roles in virtually all tissues. The TR ligand-binding domain (LBD) participates in important activities, such as transcriptional activation and repression, through conformational changes induced by hormone binding. Two crystal forms of isoform alpha1 of the human thyroid hormone receptor LBD (hTRalpha1) in(More)
Receptor-like protein tyrosine phosphatases generally contain one or two conserved intracellular catalytic domains with a conserved sequence motif ([I/V]HCXAGXXR[S/T]G), a single transmembrane domain, and an external highly variable part. Here, we describe cloning of the intracellular catalytic domain of the rat protein tyrosine phosphatase eta (rPTPetaCD)(More)
The rat protein tyrosine phosphatase eta, rPTPeta, is a class I "classical" transmembrane RPTP, with an intracellular portion composed of a unique catalytic region. The rPTPeta and the human homolog DEP-1 are downregulated in rat and human neoplastic cells, respectively. However, the malignant phenotype is reverted after exogenous reconstitution of rPTPeta,(More)
The orphan receptor nerve growth factor-induced B (NGFI-B) is a member of the nuclear receptor's subfamily 4A (Nr4a). NGFI-B was shown to be capable of binding both as a monomer to an extended half-site containing a single AAAGGTCA motif and also as a homodimer to a widely separated everted repeat, as opposed to a large number of nuclear receptors that(More)
The marine bacteria Saccharophagus degradans (also known as Microbulbifer degradans), are rod-shaped and gram-negative motile γ-proteobacteria, capable of both degrading a variety of complex polysaccharides and fermenting monosaccharides into ethanol. In order to obtain insights into structure-function relationships of the enzymes, involved in these(More)
Nuclear receptors are ligand-inducible transcription factors that share structurally related DNA-binding (DBD) and ligand-binding (LBD) domains. Biochemical and structural studies have revealed the modular nature of DBD and LBD. Nevertheless, the domains function in concert in vivo. While high-resolution crystal structures of nuclear receptor DBDs and LBDs(More)