Rodrigo F. M. de Almeida

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Cellulases play a key role in enzymatic routes for degradation of plant cell-wall polysaccharides into simple and economically-relevant sugars. However, their low performance on complex substrates and reduced stability under industrial conditions remain the main obstacle for the large-scale production of cellulose-derived products and biofuels. Thus, in(More)
To date, it is widely accepted that microdomains do form in the biological membranes of all eukaryotic cells, and quite possibly also in prokaryotes. Those sub-micrometric domains play crucial roles in signaling, in intracellular transport, and even in inter-cellular communications. Despite their ubiquitous distribution, and the broad and lasting interest(More)
A 28-mer gammaM4 peptide, obtained by solid-state synthesis and corresponding to the fourth transmembrane segment of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor gamma-subunit, possesses a single tryptophan residue (Trp453), making it an excellent model for studying peptide-lipid interactions in membranes by fluorescence spectroscopy. The gammaM4 peptide was(More)
The molecular processes that are crucial for cell function, such as proliferation, migration and survival, are regulated by hydrogen peroxide (H2O2). Although environmental cues, such as growth factors, regulate redox signaling, it was still unknown whether the ECM, a component of the cell microenvironment, had a function in this process. Here, we showed(More)
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