Renato P. Almeida

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The azurophil granules of human PMN contain four antibiotic proteins, the serprocidins, which have extensive homology to one another and to serine proteases. Azurocidin, a member of this family, is a 29-kDa glycoprotein with broad spectrum antimicrobial activity and chemotactic activity toward monocytes. Insect cells transfected with a baculovirus vector(More)
Exopolysaccharides (EPS) synthesized by plant-pathogenic bacteria are generally essential for virulence. The role of EPS produced by the vector-transmitted bacterium Xylella fastidiosa was investigated by knocking out two genes implicated in the EPS biosynthesis, gumD and gumH. Mutant strains were affected in growth characteristics in vitro, including(More)
Human neutrophils contain in their azurophil granules four antibiotic proteins with extensive homology to serine proteases, collectively termed serprocidins. Azurocidin is the only member of the group that lacks proteolytic activity. Using a monospecific antibody, we isolated from human bone marrow a cDNA encoding the complete azurocidin protein in its(More)
Using the baculovirus/insect cells system, we have expressed a recombinant proteinase 3 (PR3) -- the neutrophil-derived serine protease autoantigen in Wegener's granulomatosis -- as a glycosylated intracellular and membrane-associated protein. Oligosaccharides accounted for the difference in molecular weights between recombinant (34 kDa) and neutrophil-PR3(More)
The azurophil granule, a specialized lysosome of neutrophils, contains two families of antimicrobial proteins, each with four members. They are the defensins, comprising human neutrophil protein 1, -2, -3 and -4, on the one hand and the serprocidins, comprising cathepsin G, elastase, proteinase 3 and azurocidin, on the other. Defensins appear to contribute(More)
Elevator Group Control Systems (EGCSs) manage multiple elevators in a building transporting efficiently passengers. The performance of an EGCS is measured by means of several metrics such as the average waiting time of passengers, the percentage of the passengers waiting more than some predetermined time, power consumption, among others. Four elevator(More)
This work presents a study of selected outcrops from the Pedra das Torrinhas Formation of the Guaritas Group (Cambrian, Camaquã Basin), near the basin bordering Encantadas Fault Zone. The studied succession includes alluvial fan deposits that pass laterally into eolian deposits. Sedimentary facies and architectural element analysis were performed, followed(More)
In Eastern South America, a series of fault-bounded sedimentary basins that crop out from Southern Uruguay to Southeastern Brazil were formed after the main collisional deformation of the Brasiliano Orogeny and record the tectonic events that affected the region from the Middle Ediacaran onwards. We address the problem of discerning the basin-forming(More)
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