Maria Glória Teixeira

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The increasing sequence information on oxygen reductases of the haem-copper superfamily, together with the available three-dimensional structures, allows a clear identification of their common, functionally important features. Taking into consideration both the overall amino acid sequences of the core subunits and key residues involved in proton transfer, a(More)
Despite pronounced reductions in the number of deaths due to infectious diseases over the past six decades, infectious diseases are still a public health problem in Brazil. In this report, we discuss the major successes and failures in the control of infectious diseases in Brazil, and identify research needs and policies to further improve control or(More)
This article revisits the epidemiology of dengue in Brazil, 25 years after its reemergence in the country, discussing the main determinants and implications for its control. The authors emphasize the clinical and epidemiological peculiarities of this viral disease in Brazil, which leads the world in both the number of cases reported and risk of occurrence(More)
To test whether African ancestry is protective for severe dengue, we genotyped 49 hospitalized cases of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF) as well as 293 neighborhood cases of dengue fever and 294 asymptomatic controls in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Ancestry-informative markers and 282 unlinked SNPs not associated with the clinical presentation of dengue were used(More)
Dam construction and associated flooding along rivers can alter ecosystems and pose serious threats to the welfare and health of local populations. This article describes a severe gastroenteritis epidemic in the Paulo Afonso region of Brazil's Bahia State related to flooding of the newly constructed Itaparica Dam's reservoir in 1988. Some 2,000(More)
BACKGROUND The physiopathology of dengue hemorrhagic fever (DHF), a severe form of Dengue Fever, is poorly understood. We are unable to identify patients likely to progress to DHF for closer monitoring and early intervention during epidemics, so most cases are sent home. This study explored whether patients with selected co-morbidities are at higher risk of(More)
Pathology to vertebrate hosts has emerged repeatedly in the order Ophiostomatales. Occasional infections have been observed in Sporothrix mexicana at a low level of virulence, while the main pathogenic species cluster in a derived clade around S. schenckii s.str. In this paper, phylogeny and epidemiology of the members of this clade were investigated for 99(More)
Three types of hydrogenases have been isolated from the sulfate-reducing bacteria of the genus Desulfovibrio. They differ in their subunit and metal compositions, physico-chemical characteristics, amino acid sequences, immunological reactivities, gene structures and their catalytic properties. Broadly, the hydrogenases can be considered as 'iron only'(More)
Sulfate-reducing bacteria are considered as strict anaerobic microorganisms, in spite of the fact that some strains have been shown to tolerate the transient presence of dioxygen. This report shows that membranes from Desulfovibrio gigas grown in fumarate/sulfate contain a respiratory chain fully competent to reduce dioxygen to water. In particular, a(More)
Desulfovibrio gigas is a strict anaerobe that contains a well-characterized metabolic pathway that enables it to survive transient contacts with oxygen. The terminal enzyme in this pathway, rubredoxin:oxygen oxidoreductase (ROO) reduces oxygen to water in a direct and safe way. The 2.5 A resolution crystal structure of ROO shows that each monomer of this(More)