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The shortage of petroleum reserves and the increase in CO(2) emissions have raised global concerns and highlighted the importance of adopting sustainable energy sources. Second-generation ethanol made from lignocellulosic materials is considered to be one of the most promising fuels for vehicles. The giant snail Achatina fulica is an agricultural pest whose(More)
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)
The morphogenesis of hydrogenosomes in several trichomonad species (Tritrichomonas foetus, Trichomonas vaginalis, Tritrichomonas suis, Trichomonas gallinae, Tritrichomonas augusta and Monocercomonas sp) was investigated by transmission electron microscopy of thin sections and freeze-fracture replicas of whole cells or the isolated organelle. Close(More)
BACKGROUND Trypanosoma cruzi, the agent of Chagas disease, is a protozoan member of the Kinetoplastidae family characterized for the presence of specific and unique structures that are involved in different cell activities. One of them is the paraflagellar rod (PFR), a complex array of filaments connected to the flagellar axoneme. Although the function(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)
BACKGROUND The description of new hydrolytic enzymes is an important step in the development of techniques which use lignocellulosic materials as a starting point for fuel production. Sugarcane bagasse, which is subjected to pre-treatment, hydrolysis and fermentation for the production of ethanol in several test refineries, is the most promising source of(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)
Sterols are constituents of the cellular membranes that are essential for their normal structure and function. In mammalian cells, cholesterol is the main sterol found in the various membranes. However, other sterols predominate in eukaryotic microorganisms such as fungi and protozoa. It is now well established that an important metabolic pathway in fungi(More)
This paper describes the design and evaluation of novel azasterols as potential compounds for the treatment of leishmaniasis and other diseases caused by trypanosomatid parasites. Azasterols are a known class of (S)-adenosyl-L-methionine: Delta24-sterol methyltransferase(24-SMT) inhibitors in fungi, plants, and some parasitic protozoa. The compounds(More)