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Invadopodia are matrix-degrading membrane protrusions in invasive carcinoma cells. The mechanisms regulating invadopodium assembly and maturation are not understood. We have dissected the stages of invadopodium assembly and maturation and show that invadopodia use cortactin phosphorylation as a master switch during these processes. In particular, cortactin(More)
The effect of the tropical pasture grass Brachiaria brizantha on numbers of bacteria, fungi and degraders of alkanes, aromatics, cycloalkanes and crude oil in petroleum hydrocarbon contaminated and uncontaminated savannah soil was evaluated. Substrate induced soil respiration and soil pH were compared between planted and unplanted soil. B. brizantha had a(More)
Determination of fertilizer levels in phytoremediation of petroleum hydrocarbons is a complex issue, since nutrient demands of the plant and of degrading microorganisms in the rhizosphere have to be considered In the present work, three fertilizer levels were tested in a greenhouse experiment with the aim of optimizing growth of the tropical pasture grass(More)
Two different interactions are involved in the binding of plasminogen to concanavalin A-Sepharose: both variants 1 and 2 interact with the lectin through the lysine-binding sites and, in addition, variant 1 binds to concanavalin A due to carbohydrate recognition. Both kinds of interactions were also observed in solution by analytical ultracentrifugation.(More)
A method for the fractionation of plasmic digests of both fibrinogen and fibrin was developed by taking advantage of the different chromatographic behaviour of fibrinogen and its fragments on immobilized concanavalin A and Lens culinaris agglutinin. Columns with different lectin concentration but with the same total lectin content were tested. Fragment E(More)
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