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Inflammatory peptides display different types of post-transcriptional modifications, such as C-terminal amidation, that alter their biological activity. Here we describe the structural and molecular dynamics features of the mast cell degranulating peptide, eumenine mastoparan-AF (EMP-AF-NH(2)), found in the venom of the solitary wasp, and of its(More)
Cellulases participate in a number of biological events, such as plant cell wall remodelling, nematode parasitism and microbial carbon uptake. Their ability to depolymerize crystalline cellulose is of great biotechnological interest for environmentally compatible production of fuels from lignocellulosic biomass. However, industrial use of cellulases is(More)
Many plant pathogenic bacteria rely on effector proteins to suppress defense and manipulate host cell mechanisms to cause disease. The effector protein PthA modulates the host transcriptome to promote citrus canker. PthA possesses unusual protein architecture with an internal region encompassing variable numbers of near-identical tandem repeats of 34 amino(More)
Amphibian skin secretions constitute an important source of molecules for antimicrobial drug research in order to combat the increasing resistance of pathogens to conventional antibiotics. Among the various types of substances secreted by the dermal granular amphibian glands, there is a wide range of peptides and proteins, often displaying potent(More)
Peptides derived from endogenous hemoglobin play important biological roles in a variety of living systems. In previous works we showed that the fragment 33-61 of bovine alpha-hemoglobin (Hb33-61) and its C-terminus amidated analogue (Hb33-61a) exhibit antimicrobial activity and we determined the 3D structure of Hb33-61a bound to sodium dodecyl sulfate(More)
Hemoglobin is known to be a source of peptides involved in several functions. The peptide FLSFPTTKTYFPHFDLSHGSAQVKGHGAK (Hb33-61) is a proteolytic product of the bovine hemoglobin alpha-chain found in the gut content of the cattle tick, Boophilus microplus, and it possesses antimicrobial activity. Since in the past we showed that the amidated form of(More)
The Schistosoma mansoni fatty acid binding protein (FABP), Sm14, is a vaccine candidate against, S. mansoni and F. hepatica. Previously, we demonstrated the importance of a correct fold to achieve protection in immunized animals after cercariae challenge [[10]. C.R.R. Ramos, R.C.R. Figueredo, T.A. Pertinhez, M.M. Vilar, A.L.T.O. Nascimento, M. Tendler, I.(More)
Trialysin is a pore-forming protein found in the saliva of Triatoma infestans (Hemiptera, Reduviidae), the insect vector of Chagas' disease. The protein is active against a broad range of cell types from bacteria to eukaryotic cells. Recognizing that the N-terminus of trialysin harbors the lytic motif [Amino, R., Martins, R. M., Procopio, J., Hirata, I. Y.,(More)
Cytoskeletal structures are dynamically remodeled with the aid of regulatory proteins. FtsZ (filamentation temperature-sensitive Z) is the bacterial homolog of tubulin that polymerizes into rings localized to cell-division sites, and the constriction of these rings drives cytokinesis. Here we investigate the mechanism by which the Bacillus subtilis(More)