Patrícia Gomes-Alves

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Sea urchins are common inhabitants of wave-swept shores. To withstand the action of waves, they rely on highly specialized independent adhesive organs, the adoral tube feet. The latter are extremely well-designed for temporary adhesion being composed by two functional subunits: (1) an apical disc that produces an adhesive secretion to fasten the sea urchin(More)
F508del-CFTR, the most common mutation of the cystic fibrosis transmembrane conductance regulator (CFTR) protein, disrupts intracellular trafficking leading to cystic fibrosis (CF). The trafficking defect of F508del-CFTR can be rescued by simultaneous inactivation of its four RXR motifs (4RK). Proteins involved in the F508del-CFTR trafficking defect and/or(More)
The achievement and maintenance of a protein native conformation is a very complex cellular process involving a multitude of key factors whose contribution to a successful folding remains to be elucidated. On top of this, it is known that correct folding is crucial for proteins to play their normal role and, consequently, for the maintenance of cellular(More)
OBJECTIVES The aim of this work was to establish protein profiles in serum and nasal epithelial cells of cystic fibrosis individuals in comparison with controls, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients for specific biomarker signatures identification. DESIGN AND METHODS Protein extracts were analyzed by Surface Enhanced Laser(More)
To gain insight into the proteins potentially involved in the low temperature-induced F508del-CFTR rescue process, we have explored by two-dimensional electrophoresis (2DE) the proteome of BHK cell lines expressing wt or F508del-CFTR, grown at 37 degrees C or 26 degrees C/24h or 26 degrees C/48h followed by 3h of metabolic labelling with [(35)S]-methionine.(More)
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, adaptation to hydrogen peroxide (H₂O₂) decreases plasma membrane permeability to H₂O₂, changes its lipid composition and reorganizes ergosterol-rich microdomains by a still unknown mechanism. Here we show, by a quantitative analysis of the H₂O₂-induced adaptation effect on the S. cerevisiae plasma membrane-enriched fraction(More)
Attempts to promote normal processing and function of F508del-CFTR, the most common mutant in cystic fibrosis (CF), have been described as potential therapeutic strategies in the management of this disease. Here we described the proteomic approaches, namely two-dimensional electrophoresis (2DE), mass spectrometry (MS), and bioinformatics tools used in our(More)
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