Sigrid C. Roberts

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Classical activation of macrophages infected with Leishmania species results in expression and activation of inducible NO synthase (iNOS) leading to intracellular parasite killing. Macrophages can contrastingly undergo alternative activation with increased arginase activity, metabolism of arginine along the polyamine pathway, and consequent parasite(More)
The polyamine biosynthetic pathway of protozoan parasites has been validated as a target in antiparasitic chemotherapy. To investigate this pathway at the biochemical and genetic level in a model parasite, the gene encoding spermidine synthase (SPDSYN), a key polyamine biosynthetic enzyme, has been cloned and sequenced from Leishmania donovani. The L.(More)
A number of anticancer and antiparasitic drugs are postulated to target the polyamine biosynthetic pathway and polyamine function, but the exact mode of action of these compounds is still being elucidated. To establish whether polyamine analogs specifically target enzymes of the polyamine pathway, a model was developed using strains of the protozoan(More)
Studies of Leishmania donovani have shown that both ornithine decarboxylase and spermidine synthase, two enzymes of the polyamine biosynthetic pathway, are critical for promastigote proliferation and required for maximum infection in mice. However, the importance of arginase (ARG), the first enzyme of the polyamine pathway in Leishmania, has not been(More)
Across a diverse range of animal groups, scent-marking is integrally related to the defense of territories and maintenance of social status. However, using data from a field study of wild saddleback tamarins (Saguinus fuscicollis), the authors of a recent paper claimed to find no evidence to support a relationship between scent-marking and territorial(More)
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