Sandro R. Marana

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Enhanced mitochondrial generation of oxidants, including hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), is related to a large number of pathological conditions, including diet-induced obesity and steatohepatosis. Indeed, we have previously shown that high fat diets increase the generation of H2O2 in liver mitochondria energized by activated fatty acids. Here, we further study(More)
cDNA coding for two digestive lysozymes (MdL1 and MdL2) of the Musca domestica housefly was cloned and sequenced. MdL2 is a novel minor lysozyme, whereas MdL1 is the major lysozyme thus far purified from M. domestica midgut. MdL1 and MdL2 were expressed as recombinant proteins in Pichia pastoris, purified and characterized. The lytic activities of MdL1 and(More)
The statistical coupling analysis of 768 β-glucosidases from the GH1 family revealed 23 positions in which the amino acid frequencies are coupled. The roles of these covariant positions in terms of the properties of β-glucosidases were investigated by alanine-screening mutagenesis using the fall armyworm Spodoptera frugiperda β-glycosidase (Sfβgly) as a(More)
The active site residues in GH1 β-glycosidases are compartmentalized into 3 functional regions, involved in catalysis or binding of glycone and aglycone motifs from substrate. However, it still remains unclear how residues outside the active site modulate the enzymatic activity. To tackle this question, we solved the crystal structure of the GH1(More)
The evolution of (β/α)8 barrel proteins is currently thought to have involved the fusion of two (β/α)4 half-barrels, thereby conferring stability on the protein structure. After the formation of a whole (β/α)8 barrel, this structure could evolve and diverge to form fully active enzymes. Interestingly, we show here that isolated (β/α)4 half-barrels derived(More)
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