Tuane Cristine Ramos Gonçalves Vieira

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Conversion of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) into its altered conformation, PrP(Sc), is believed to be the major cause of prion diseases. Although PrP is the only identified agent for these diseases, there is increasing evidence that other molecules can modulate the conversion. We have found that interaction of PrP with double-stranded DNA leads to a(More)
Protein misfolding has been implicated in a large number of diseases termed protein- folding disorders (PFDs), which include Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, transmissible spongiform encephalopathies, familial amyloid polyneuropathy, Huntington's disease, and type II diabetes. In these diseases, large quantities of incorrectly folded proteins(More)
Prion diseases remain a challenge to modern science in the 21st century because of their capacity for transmission without an encoding nucleic acid. PrP(Sc), the infectious and alternatively folded form of the PrP prion protein, is capable of self-replication, using PrP(C), the properly folded form of PrP, as a template. This process is associated with(More)
The conversion of the prion protein (PrP) into scrapie PrP (PrP(Sc)) is a central event in prion diseases. Several molecules work as cofactors in the conversion process, including glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). GAGs exhibit a paradoxical effect, as they convert PrP into protease-resistant PrP (PrP-res) but also exert protective activity. We compared the(More)
The conversion of cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) into the pathological conformer PrP(Sc) requires contact between both isoforms and probably also requires a cellular factor, such as a nucleic acid or a glycosaminoglycan (GAG). Little is known about the structural features implicit in the GAG-PrP interaction. In the present work, light scattering,(More)
The concept that transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) are caused only by proteins has changed the traditional paradigm that disease transmission is due solely to an agent that carries genetic information. The central hypothesis for prion diseases proposes that the conversion of a cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) into a misfolded, β-sheet-rich(More)
Jerson L. Silva,*,† Andrea C. Oliveira,† Tuane C. R. G. Vieira,† Guilherme A. P. de Oliveira,† Marisa C. Suarez,‡ and Debora Foguel† †Instituto de Bioquímica Med́ica Leopoldo de Meis, Instituto Nacional de Cien̂cia e Tecnologia de Biologia Estrutural e Bioimagem, Centro Nacional de Ressonan̂cia Magnet́ica Nuclear Jiri Jonas, and ‡Polo Xereḿ, Universidade(More)
Since the first description of prion diseases, great effort has been made toward comprehending this new paradigm in biology. Despite large advances in the field, many questions remain unanswered, especially concerning the conversion of PrP(C) into PrP(Sc). How this conformational transition evolves is a crucial problem that must be solved in order to attain(More)
The tumor suppressor protein p53 loses its function in more than 50% of human malignant tumors. Recent studies have suggested that mutant p53 can form aggregates that are related to loss-of-function effects, negative dominance and gain-of-function effects and cancers with a worsened prognosis. In recent years, several degenerative diseases have been shown(More)
Prion diseases are characterized by protein aggregation and neurodegeneration. Conversion of the native prion protein (PrP(C)) into the abnormal scrapie PrP isoform (PrP(Sc)), which undergoes aggregation and can eventually form amyloid fibrils, is a critical step leading to the characteristic path morphological hallmark of these diseases. However, the(More)
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