Paulo Oliveira

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BACKGROUND/AIMS Fluoxetine (FLX) has been widely prescribed for depression during pregnancy and/or lactation. Since serotonin is a neurotrophic factor, the use of FLX by mothers could disrupt brain development resulting in behavioral alterations in their progeny. This study evaluated the effects of developmental FLX exposure on anxiety, depression,(More)
Cyanobacteria are the only prokaryotes capable of using sunlight as their energy, water as an electron donor, and air as a source of carbon and, for some nitrogen-fixing strains, nitrogen. Compared to algae and plants, cyanobacteria are much easier to genetically engineer, and many of the standard biological parts available for Synthetic Biology(More)
The paper provides new and comparative insight into the ecological history of the two largest continental tropical forest areas during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). The tropical forest regions are of particular interest because they present a large source of heat and have been shown to have significant impact on the extra tropical atmospheric circulation.(More)
Cyanobacteria may possess two distinct nickel-iron (NiFe)-hydrogenases: an uptake enzyme found in N(2)-fixing strains, and a bidirectional one present in both non-N(2)-fixing and N(2)-fixing strains. The uptake hydrogenase (encoded by hupSL) catalyzes the consumption of the H(2) produced during N(2) fixation, while the bidirectional enzyme (hoxEFUYH)(More)
The exploration of data to extract information or knowledge to support decision making is a critical success factor for an organization in today’s society. However, several problems can affect data quality. These problems have a negative effect in the results extracted from data, affecting their usefulness and correctness. In this context, it is quite(More)
On the forest floor of two Atlantic forest sites in southeast Brazil, we recorded 26 ant species (12 genera) interacting with the seeds of Cabralea canjerana (Meliaceae), a typical ornithochorous tree whose seeds are covered by a lipid-rich aril. The ants treat the arillate seeds in three different ways: (1) the large ponerine ants Pachycondyla striata and(More)
Several unicellular and filamentous, nitrogen-fixing and non-nitrogen-fixing cyanobacterial strains have been investigated on the molecular and the physiological level in order to find the most efficient organisms for photobiological hydrogen production. These strains were screened for the presence or absence of hup and hox genes, and it was shown that they(More)
The unicellular cyanobacterium Synechocystis PCC 6803 contains a single pentameric bidirectional hydrogenase encoded by hoxEFUYH. Transcriptional experiments demonstrated that the five hox genes are part of a single transcript together with three ORFs with unknown functions. The transcription start point was localized by 5' RACE to 168bp upstream the hoxE(More)
We prove an exponential inequality for positively associated and strictly stationary random variables replacing an uniform boundedness assumption by the existence of Laplace transforms. The proof uses a truncation technique together with a block decomposition of the sums to allow an approximation to independence. We show that for geometrically decreasing(More)
In the unicellular cyanobacterium Synechocystis sp. strain PCC 6803, the pentameric bidirectional Ni-Fe hydrogenase (HoxEFUYH) is the sole enzyme involved in hydrogen metabolism. Recent investigations implicated the transcription factor LexA in the regulation of the hox genes in this cyanobacterium, suggesting the factor to work as an activator. In this(More)