Tatiana Coelho-Sampaio

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Laminin, a major component of basement membranes, can self-assemble in vitro into a typical mesh-like structure, according to a mass-action-driven process. Previously, we showed that pH acidification dramatically increased the efficiency of laminin self-assembly, practically abolishing the necessity for a minimal protein concentration. Here we have(More)
Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) controls growth and differentiation of hematopoietic cells. Previous reports have indicated that the mitogenic activity of GM-CSF may be modulated by the glycosidic moiety of proteoglycans associated with the membrane of stromal cells. In this work, we have performed in vitro studies of the(More)
The supramolecular architecture of the basement membrane is provided by two enmeshed networks of collagen IV and laminin. The laminin network is maintained exclusively by interactions among individual laminin molecules and does not depend on the presence of other extracellular matrix components. Laminin polymers can be obtained in vitro either in solution(More)
Regeneration of spinal cord injury (SCI) is a major topic of biomedical research. Laminin is an extracellular matrix protein implicated in neural development and regeneration, but despite that, there are no reports of exogenous laminin contributing to improve the outcome of experimental SCI. Here we investigated whether a biomimetic polymer of laminin(More)
Natural laminin matrices are formed on cell membranes by a cooperative process involving laminin self-polymerization and binding to cognate cellular receptors. In a cell-free system, laminin can self-polymerize, given that a minimal critical concentration is achieved. We have previously described that pH acidification renders self-polymerization independent(More)
We have investigated the effects of the protein structure-perturbing and function-perturbing osmolyte urea, and one of its physiological counteracting solutes, the methylamine compound (carboxymethyl)trimethylammonium hydroxide (betaine), on the structure and function of the human erythrocyte plasma-membrane Ca(2+)-ATPase. Betaine per se promoted a(More)
Granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) is one of the major cytokines involved in control of haemopoiesis both in bone marrow and in extramedullar sites. Its biological activity depends upon the composition and physicochemical properties of the microenvironment provided by the supporting stroma. GM-CSF activity is modulated and controlled(More)
Accumulation of trehalose has been implicated in the tolerance of yeast cells to several forms of stress, including heat-shock and high ethanol levels. However, yeast lacking trehalase, the enzyme that degrades trehalose, exhibit poor survival after exposure to stress conditions. This suggests that optimal cell viability also depends on the capacity to(More)
Two-photon fluorescence lifetime imaging microscopy was used noninvasively to monitor a fluorescent antigen during macrophage-mediated endocytosis, intracellular vacuolar encapsulation, and protease-dependent processing. Fluorescein-conjugated bovine serum albumin (FITC-BSA) served as the soluble exogenous antigen. As a relatively nonfluorescent probe in(More)
The biological activity of granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) is modulated by the sulfated glycosaminoglycans (GAGs) heparan sulfate and heparin. However, the molecular mechanisms involved in such interactions are still not completely understood. We have proposed previously that helix C, one of the four alpha-helices of human GM-CSF(More)