Poliana C. M. Martins

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The neuromuscular disorders are a heterogeneous group of genetic diseases, caused by mutations in genes coding sarcolemmal, sarcomeric, and citosolic muscle proteins. Deficiencies or loss of function of these proteins leads to variable degree of progressive loss of motor ability. Several animal models, manifesting phenotypes observed in neuromuscular(More)
In this work the proteolytic activity in the supernatant and inside insect cells in culture was evaluated for different multiplicities of infection (MOI) and times of infection (TOI). Several methods to detect proteolytic activity in insect cells were tested and that using fluorescein thiocyanite-casein as a substrate was chosen. It was observed that(More)
Quantitative nuclear magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) has been considered a promising non-invasive tool for monitoring therapeutic essays in small size mouse models of muscular dystrophies. Here, we combined MRI (anatomical images and transverse relaxation time constant-T2-measurements) to texture analyses in the study of four mouse strains covering a wide(More)
Although muscular dystrophies are among the most common human genetic disorders, there are few treatment options available. Animal models have become increasingly important for testing new therapies prior to entering human clinical trials. The Dmd(mdx) mouse is the most widely used animal model for Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), presenting the same(More)
OBJECTIVES To review all patients with SCO2 mutations and to describe a Brazilian patient with cardioencephalomyopathy carrying compound heterozygous mutations in SCO2, one being the known pathogenic p.E140K mutation and the other a novel 12-base pair (bp) deletion at nucleotides 1519 through 1530 (c.1519_1530del). DESIGN Case report and literature(More)
The DNA puff BhC4-1 gene is amplified and highly expressed in the salivary gland of Bradysia hygida late larvae. Using affinity-purified polyclonal antibodies we have identified the product of the BhC4-1 gene as a 43 kDa polypeptide which is present in extracts of salivary glands from late fourth instar larvae and in the corresponding gland secretion, but(More)
Muscular dystrophies (MD) are a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of Mendelian diseases. The underlying pathophysiology and phenotypic variability in each form are much more complex, suggesting the involvement of many other genes. Thus, here we studied the whole genome expression profile in muscles from three mice models for MD, at different(More)
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