Thais Cristina Baeta Soares Souto-Padrón

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A monospecific polyclonal antibody obtained against a cysteine proteinase isolated from epimastigotes of Trypanosoma cruzi was used for the immunocytochemical localization of the protein by electron microscopy and to analyse the role played by cysteine proteinase in the process of T. cruzi-host cell interaction. Cytoplasmic structures that correspond to(More)
Diseases that cause hemolysis or myonecrosis lead to the leakage of large amounts of heme proteins. Free heme has proinflammatory and cytotoxic effects. Heme induces TLR4-dependent production of tumor necrosis factor (TNF), whereas heme cytotoxicity has been attributed to its ability to intercalate into cell membranes and cause oxidative stress. We show(More)
Viral manipulation of the transduction pathways associated with key cellular functions such as actin remodeling, microtubule stabilization, and survival may favor a productive viral infection. Here we show that consistent with the vaccinia virus (VACV) and cowpox virus (CPXV) requirement for cytoskeleton alterations early during the infection cycle, PBK/Akt(More)
Viral manipulation of transduction pathways associated with key cellular functions such as survival, response to microbial infection, and cytoskeleton reorganization can provide the supportive milieu for a productive infection. Here, we demonstrate that vaccinia virus (VACV) infection leads to activation of the stress-activated protein kinase(More)
The transformation of Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigotes to the mammal infective metacyclic trypomastigotes (metacyclogenesis) can be performed in vitro under chemically defined conditions. Under these conditions, differentiating epimastigotes adhere to a surface before their transformation into metacyclic trypomastigotes. Scanning and transmission electron(More)
We have previously demonstrated that a linalool-rich essential oil from Croton cajucara Benth presents leishmanicidal activity. In the present study, we demonstrate that this essential oil inhibits the growth of reference samples of Candida albicans, Lactobacillus casei, Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus sobrinus, Porphyromonas gingivalis and(More)
Trypanosoma cruzi genes were cloned in lambda gt11 and screened with an anti-trypomastigote antiserum. Two out of twelve clones were selected in view of their reactivity with human chagasic sera. One clone encodes a flagellar antigen (FRA) of more than 300 kDa, whereas the other corresponds to a roughly 225-kDa cytoplasmic antigen (CRA). The flagellar(More)
We have used monoclonal antibodies specific for acetylated and non-acetylated alpha-tubulin to localize microtubules containing acetylated alpha-tubulin in all developmental forms of the life cycle of Trypanosoma cruzi. This was demonstrated using immunofluorescence and by transmission electron microscopy of thin sections, negative stained cells, and(More)
The fine structure of epimastigotes of Trypanosoma cruzi and promastigotes of Herpetomonas megaseliae was analysed in replicas of quick-frozen, freeze-fractured, deeply etched and rotary-replicated cells. Using control cells and cells treated with Triton X-100 before glutaraldehyde fixation, images were obtained that showed connections of the sub-pellicular(More)
Epimastigote forms of the pathogenic parasite Trypanosoma cruzi were used to study the endocytic process in a protozoon. These elongated unicellular organisms are highly polarized cells: endocytosis occurs only at the anterior region through the cytostome and the flagellar pocket membrane, areas of the plasma membrane where the cell cytoskeleton, formed by(More)