Rute C. Félix

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Dominant transmission of multiple uterine and cutaneous smooth-muscle tumors is seen in the disorder multiple leiomyomatosis (ML). We undertook a genomewide screen of 11 families segregating ML and found evidence for linkage to chromosome 1q42.3-q43 (maximum multipoint LOD score 5.40). Haplotype construction and analysis of recombinations permitted the(More)
Voltage-dependent Ca2+ channels are heteromultimeric proteins consisting minimally of a alpha1 main subunit and auxiliary alpha2delta, and beta subunits. The alpha1 subunit forms the ion-conducting pore and contains receptor sites for ligands that modify channel activity. The auxiliary subunits appear to be necessary for the expression of the native kinetic(More)
Although classified as anaerobic, Desulfovibrio gigas contains a functional canonical membrane respiratory chain, including a cytochrome bd quinol oxidase as its terminal element. In the present study, we report the identification of the operon cydAB encoding the two subunits of cytochrome bd from this bacterium. Two hypothetical promoter regions and(More)
In vertebrates, receptors of the rhodopsin G-protein coupled superfamily (GPCRs) play an important role in the regulation of feeding and energy homeostasis and are activated by peptide hormones produced in the brain-gut axis. These peptides regulate appetite and energy expenditure by promoting or inhibiting food intake. Sequence and function homologs of(More)
Anopheles gambiae has been shown to change its global gene expression patterns upon Plasmodium infection. While many alterations are directly related to the mosquito's innate immune response, parasite invasion is also expected to generate toxic by-products such as free radicals. The current study aimed at identifying which loci coding for detoxification(More)
Desulfovibrio gigas flavodiiron protein (FDP), rubredoxin:oxygen oxidoreductase (ROO), was proposed to be the terminal oxidase of a soluble electron transfer chain coupling NADH oxidation to oxygen reduction. However, several members from the FDP family, to which ROO belongs, revealed nitric oxide (NO) reductase activity. Therefore, the protection afforded(More)
BACKGROUND Plasmodium infection increases the oxidative stress inside the mosquito, leading to a significant alteration on transcription of Anopheles gambiae detoxification genes. Among these detoxification genes several P450 cytochromes and tubulins were differently expressed, suggesting their involvement in the mosquito's response to parasite invasion.(More)
The secretin receptor (SCTR) is a member of Class 2 subfamily B1 GPCRs and part of the PAC1/VPAC receptor subfamily. This receptor has long been known in mammals but has only recently been identified in other vertebrates including teleosts, from which it was previously considered to be absent. The ligand for SCTR in mammals is secretin (SCT), an important(More)
Immune responses to parasites, which start with pathogen recognition, play a decisive role in the control of the infection in mosquitoes. Peptidoglycan recognition proteins (PGRPs) are an important family of pattern recognition receptors that are involved in the activation of these immune reactions. Pathogen pressure can exert adaptive changes in host genes(More)
Nematodes and arthropods are the most speciose animal groups and possess Class 2 B1 G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs). Existing models of invertebrate Class 2 B1 GPCR evolution are mainly centered on Caenorhabditis elegans and Drosophila melanogaster and a few other nematode and arthropod representatives. The present study reevaluates the evolution of(More)