Patrícia A. P. Costa

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BACKGROUND Kinetochores are large multiprotein complexes indispensable for proper chromosome segregation. Although Drosophila is a classical model organism for studies of chromosome segregation, little is known about the organization of its kinetochores. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS We employed bioinformatics, proteomics and cell biology methods to(More)
Lamina associated polypeptide 1 (LAP1) is an integral protein of the inner nuclear membrane that is ubiquitously expressed. LAP1 binds to lamins and chromatin, probably contributing to the maintenance of the nuclear envelope architecture. Moreover, LAP1 also interacts with torsinA and emerin, proteins involved in DYT1 dystonia and X-linked Emery-Dreifuss(More)
Gastric cancer remains a major cause of death in the developed countries, and a large percentage is still genetically unexplained. Because of their major role in cell survival, mutations in translation factors and altered expression of these genes have been associated with cancer development. Apart from its role in translation termination, the eukaryotic(More)
Cell invasion through extracellular matrix (ECM) is a hallmark of the metastatic cascade. Cancer cells require adhesion to surrounding tissues for efficient migration to occur, which is mediated through the integrin family of receptors. Alterations in expression levels of β1 and β3 integrins have previously been reported in a number of human cancers.(More)
Cell division in eukaryotes requires the disassembly of the nuclear envelope (NE) at the beginning of mitosis and its reassembly at the end of mitosis. These processes are complex and involve coordinated steps where NE proteins have a crucial role. Lamina-associated polypeptide 1 (LAP1) is an inner nuclear membrane protein that has been associated with cell(More)
The invasive clam Corbicula fluminea causes severe environmental and economic impacts in invaded sites and fouled water-dependent industries. The biological control of invasive species has potential as an effective, safe and low-cost tool. The potential of using direct (clam consumption) and indirect approaches (predator-avoidance behaviour) to control the(More)
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) has a grim prognosis with <5% survivors after 5 years. High expression levels of ADAM8, a metalloprotease disintegrin, are correlated with poor clinical outcome. We show that ADAM8 expression is associated with increased migration and invasiveness of PDAC cells caused by activation of ERK1/2 and higher MMP activities.(More)
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