S. P. Santos

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Desulforubrerythrin from Campylobacter jejuni has recently been biochemical and spectroscopically characterized. It is a member of the rubrerythrin family, and it is composed of three structural domains: the N-terminal desulforedoxin domain with a non-heme iron center, followed by a four-helix bundle domain harboring a binuclear iron center and finally a(More)
The DNA binding proteins from starved cells from Deinococcus radiodurans, Dps1-DR2263 and Dps2-DRB0092, have a common overall structure of hollow spherical dodecamers. Their involvement in the homeostasis of intracellular metal and DNA protection was addressed. Our results show that DrDps proteins are able to oxidize ferrous to ferric iron by oxygen or(More)
The protective mechanisms of Deinococcus radiodurans against primary reactive oxygen species involve nonenzymatic scavengers and a powerful enzymatic antioxidant system including catalases, peroxidases and superoxide dismutases that prevents oxidative damage. Catalase is an enzyme that is responsible for the conversion of H2O2 to O2 and H2O, protecting the(More)
Manganese superoxide dismutase (MnSOD) is an essential primary antioxidant enzyme. MnSOD plays an important role in plant tolerance to abiotic stress and is a target candidate for increasing stress tolerance in crop plants. Although the structure and kinetic parameters of MnSODs from several organisms have been determined, this information is still lacking(More)
The radiation-resistant bacterium Deinococcus radiodurans contains two DNA-binding proteins from starved cells (Dps): Dps1 (DR2263) and Dps2 (DRB0092). These are suggested to play a role in DNA interaction and manganese and iron storage. The proteins assemble as a conserved dodecameric structure with structurally uncharacterised N-terminal extensions. In(More)
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