Vanessa S Terra

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The pneumococcus obtains its energy from the metabolism of host glycosides. Therefore, efficient degradation of host glycoproteins is integral to pneumococcal virulence. In search of novel pneumococcal glycosidases, we characterized the Streptococcus pneumoniae strain D39 protein encoded by SPD_0065 and found that this gene encodes a beta-galactosidase. The(More)
Streptococcus pneumoniae colonizes the mucin-rich environment of the nasopharynx. As colonization may be the first stage of infection, investigation was carried out as to whether the pneumococcus could utilize mucin as a source of nutrient and whether its virulence gene expression is influenced by this glycoprotein. It was found that when grown in Sicard's(More)
The tribe Acacieae has more than 1,450 species distributed in tropical and temperate regions worldwide. This paper presents the geographical distribution patterns and the conservation status of Acacieae species occurring in Minas Gerais. The species are distributed in the three biomes existent in the state. Eight geographical distribution patterns were(More)
Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae is responsible for swine pleuropneumonia, a respiratory disease that causes significant global economic loss. Its virulence depends on many factors, such as capsular polysaccharides, RTX toxins and iron-acquisition systems. Analysis of virulence may require easy-to-use models that approximate mammalian infection and avoid(More)
Knowledge of the in vivo physiology and metabolism of Streptococcus pneumoniae is limited, even though pneumococci rely on efficient acquisition and metabolism of the host nutrients for growth and survival. Because the nutrient-limited, hypoxic host tissues favor mixed-acid fermentation, we studied the role of the pneumococcal pyruvate formate lyase (PFL),(More)
Streptococcus pneumoniae resides in the oxygen-rich environment of the upper respiratory tract, and therefore the ability to survive in the presence of oxygen is an important aspect of its in vivo survival. To investigate how S. pneumoniae adapts to oxygen, we determined the global gene expression profile of the micro-organism in aerobiosis and(More)
OBJECTIVES The objective of this study was to determine the distribution and genetic basis of trimethoprim resistance in Actinobacillus pleuropneumoniae isolates from pigs in England. METHODS Clinical isolates collected between 1998 and 2011 were tested for resistance to trimethoprim and sulphonamide. The genetic basis of trimethoprim resistance was(More)
For the generation of energy, the important human pathogen Streptococcus pneumoniae relies on host-derived sugars, including β-glucoside analogs. The catabolism of these nutrients involves the action of 6-phospho-β-glucosidase to convert them into usable monosaccharaides. In this study, we characterized a 6-phospho-β-glucosidase (BglA3) encoded by SPD_0247.(More)
The discovery of the Campylobacter jejuni N-linked glycosylation system combined with its functional expression in Escherichia coli marked the dawn of a new era in glycoengineering. The process, termed protein glycan coupling technology (PGCT), has, in particular, been applied to the development of glycoconjugate vaccines. In this review, we highlight(More)
Currently, Streptococcus pneumoniae is responsible for over 14 million cases of pneumonia worldwide annually, and over 1 million deaths, the majority of them children. The major determinant for pathogenesis is a polysaccharide capsule that is variable and is used to distinguish strains based on their serotype. The capsule forms the basis of the pneumococcal(More)