Vera Aparecida dos Santos

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Members of the transforming growth factor-beta (TGF-beta) superfamily have emerged as critical regulators for cell growth and differentiation. Whereas the different TGF-beta subtypes are equipotent in the majority of biological assays using cell lines cultured in vitro, there are indications that in more complex systems involving epithelial-mesenchymal(More)
During tooth development, enamel organ epithelial cells express a tissue-specific gene product (amelogenin) which presumably functions to control calcium hydroxyapatite crystal growth patterns during enamel biomineralization. The present studies were designed to test the hypothesis that amelogenin as a supramolecular aggregate regulates crystal growth(More)
The present work studied and compared the capacity of four important olive oil polyphenolic compounds, oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, and the oleuropein aglycones 3,4-dihydroxyphenylethanol-elenolic acid (3,4-DHPEA-EA) and 3,4-dihydroxyphenylethanol-elenolic acid dialdehyde (3,4-DHPEA-EDA), to protect red blood cells (RBCs) from oxidative hemolysis induced by(More)
Occipital somites provide progenitor cells for craniofacial muscle development including the tongue musculature. Serum-derived factors are assumed to be pre-requisite for myogenesis in vitro. To test these assertions, we designed experiments to determine whether early mouse tongue development in general, and desmin localization in particular, were expressed(More)
Studies were designed to test the hypothesis that Hertwig's epithelial root sheath (HERS) synthesizes and secretes enamel-related proteins that participate in the process of acellular cementum formation. Our experimental strategy was to examine sequential root development of the mouse mandibular first molar in vivo and in long-term organ culture in vitro(More)
SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, immunoblot and amino acid composition analyses were applied to human and mouse acellular cementum proteins immunologically related to enamelins and amelogenins. In this analysis, anti-mouse amelogenin, anti-human enamelin and synthetic peptide (e.g., -LPPHPGHPGYIC-) antibodies were shown to cross-react with tooth(More)
We have determined the general features of epithelial-mesenchymal interactions during fetal and mature adult stages of odontogenesis in the selachian spiny dogfish, Squalus acanthias. The general features of odontogenesis included the formation of an extended dental lamina, bud, cap, bell, and crown stages as identified and described using serial sections(More)
We have determined the distribution of amelogenin polypeptides in an order of elasmobranchs using indirect immunofluorescence with rabbit polyclonal antibodies prepared to purified murine amelogenins. We find that amelogenins are definitely present within the inner enamel epithelium prior to the production of the extracellular matrix component termed(More)
The enamel protein amelogenin binds to the GlcNAc-mimicking peptide (GMp) (Ravindranath, R. M. H., Tam, W., Nguyen, P., and Fincham, A. G. (2000) J. Biol. Chem. 275, 39654-39661). The GMp motif is found in the N-terminal region of CK14, a differentiation marker for ameloblasts. The binding affinity of CK14 and amelogenin was confirmed by dosimetric binding(More)
The antioxidant activity and interactions with copper of four olive oil phenolic compounds, namely oleuropein, hydroxytyrosol, 3,4-dihydroxyphenylethanol-elenolic acid (1), and 3,4-dihydroxyphenylethanol-elenolic acid dialdehyde (2), in olive oil and oil-in-water emulsions stored at 60 degrees C were studied. All four phenolic compounds significantly(More)