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Ademar Francisco de Oliveira, Gêssyca Adryene de Menezes Silva, Débora Milenna Xavier Almeida
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a progressive and fatal neurodegenerative disease characterized by the degeneration of motor neurons, which are the central nervous system cells that control voluntary muscle movements. The excessive salivation (sialorrhea) is present in approximately 50% of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis cases. Thus, some alternative therapeutic methods are sought, such as anticholinergic drugs and surgery. Recently the use of botulinum toxin applied at a midpoint of the salivary glands, often guided by ultrasound, have demonstrated positive results...
July 2016: Einstein
Manuela Balen, Gabriela Rotta Gomes, Jadel M Kratz, Cláudia M O Simões, Alexsandra Valério, Débora de Oliveira
Antioxidants are substances that defend cells against damage, kidnapping and destroying free radicals. They have been largely used in the food industry due the possibility to control the oxidation process, aimed to increase shelf life. Thus, esterification reaction to obtain ascorbyl linoleate catalyzed by Novozym 435 lipase assisted by ultrasound bath was investigated. In this work, molecular sieve (4 Å) was added to the reaction medium to remove the water formed during the esterification reaction to improve the process performance...
October 17, 2016: Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering
Debora L Oliveira, Fernanda L Fonseca, Daniel Zamith-Miranda, Leonardo Nimrichter, Jéssica Rodrigues, Marcos D Pereira, Julia Cv Reuwsaat, Augusto Schrank, Charley Staats, Livia Kmetzsch, Marilene H Vainstein, Marcio L Rodrigues
AIM: We investigated the involvement of the autophagy protein 7 (Atg7) in physiology and pathogenic potential of Cryptococcus neoformans. MATERIALS & METHODS: The C. neoformans gene encoding Atg7 was deleted by biolistic transformation for characterization of autophagy mechanisms, pigment formation, cell dimensions, interaction with phagocytes and pathogenic potential in vivo. RESULTS & CONCLUSION: ATG7 deletion resulted in defective autophagy mechanisms, enhanced pigmentation and increased cellular size both in vitro and in vivo...
October 18, 2016: Future Microbiology
Adriana Borriello, Ilaria Caldarelli, Debora Bencivenga, Emanuela Stampone, Silverio Perrotta, Adriana Oliva, Fulvio Della Ragione
The hope of selectively targeting cancer cells by therapy and eradicating definitively malignancies is based on the identification of pathways or metabolisms that clearly distinguish "normal" from "transformed" phenotypes. Some tyrosine kinase activities, specifically unregulated and potently activated in malignant cells, might represent important targets of therapy. Consequently, tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) might be thought as the "vanguard" of molecularly targeted therapy for human neoplasias. Imatinib and the successive generations of inhibitors of Bcr-Abl1 kinase, represent the major successful examples of TKI use in cancer treatment...
October 13, 2016: Oncotarget
Luiz H P Silva, Pedro V R Paulino, Gutierrez J F Assis, Debora E F Assis, Mauricio M Estrada, Matheus C Silva, Jaqueline C Silva, Taiane S Martins, Sebastião C Valadares Filho, Mário F Paulino, Mario L Chizzotti
This study evaluated the effects of growth rate during post-weaning growing phase on carcass traits and beef quality. Thirty-four Nellore young bulls were randomly assigned to one of three treatments: LOW, MEDIUM or HIGH growth rate during post-weaning growing phase followed by high growth rate in the finishing phase. The growth rate affected (P<0.05) all carcass traits evaluated at the end of post-weaning growing phase, except ultimate pH. Carcass dressing was greatest (P<0.05) for the HIGH growth rate group in both phases...
October 12, 2016: Meat Science
Débora Broch Trentini, Marcin Józef Suskiewicz, Alexander Heuck, Robert Kurzbauer, Luiza Deszcz, Karl Mechtler, Tim Clausen
Protein turnover is a tightly controlled process critical for the removal of aberrant polypeptides and for cellular signalling. Whereas ubiquitin marks eukaryotic proteins for proteasomal degradation, a general tagging system for the equivalent bacterial Clp proteases is not known. Here we address the targeting mechanism of the ClpC:ClpP proteolytic complex from Bacillus subtilis. Quantitative affinity proteomics using a ClpP trapping mutant show that proteins phosphorylated on arginine residues are selectively targeted to ClpC:ClpP...
October 6, 2016: Nature
Ilias Lagkouvardos, Rüdiger Pukall, Birte Abt, Bärbel U Foesel, Jan P Meier-Kolthoff, Neeraj Kumar, Anne Bresciani, Inés Martínez, Sarah Just, Caroline Ziegler, Sandrine Brugiroux, Debora Garzetti, Mareike Wenning, Thi P N Bui, Jun Wang, Floor Hugenholtz, Caroline M Plugge, Daniel A Peterson, Mathias W Hornef, John F Baines, Hauke Smidt, Jens Walter, Karsten Kristiansen, Henrik B Nielsen, Dirk Haller, Jörg Overmann, Bärbel Stecher, Thomas Clavel
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October 17, 2016: Nature Microbiology
Mauro Maniscalco, Debora Paris, Dominique J Melck, Maria D'Amato, Anna Zedda, Matteo Sofia, Cristiana Stellato, Andrea Motta
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological and clinical evidence supports the existence of an obesity-related asthma phenotype. No distinct pathophysiological elements or specific biomarkers have been identified so far but increased oxidative stress has been reported. OBJECTIVE: We aimed at verifying whether metabolomics of exhaled breath condensate (EBC) from obese asthmatic (OA), lean asthmatic (LA) and obese non-asthmatic (ONA) patients could recognize specific, statistically validated biomarkers for a separate "asthma-obesity" respiratory metabolic phenotype, here defined as "metabotype"...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
Débora Villaño, Cristina Vilaplana, Sonia Medina, Francisco Algaba-Chueca, Roberto Cejuela-Anta, Jose Miguel Martínez-Sanz, Federico Ferreres, Angel Gil-Izquierdo
The effects of polyphenol-rich foods on the iron status of athletes, as well as the effect of physical training on the hormone hepcidin, implicated in iron metabolism, are not clear. We investigated the influence on iron metabolism of a long-term training intervention of 120 days, measuring the hepcidin concentration in the plasma of 16 elite triathletes, and the effect of the ingestion of 200 mL of either aronia-citrus juice or a placebo drink for 45 days, in a crossover design. The highest plasma hepcidin concentrations were observed at the beginning of the study (116 ± 63 nM) and levels steadily decreased until the end of the intervention (final value 10 ± 7...
October 8, 2016: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
Márcia Oliveira Staffa Tironi, José Mário Meira Teles, Dalton de Souza Barros, Débora Feijó Villas Bôas Vieira, Colbert Martins da Silva Filho, Davi Felix Martins Júnior, Marcos Almeida Matos, Carlito Lopes Nascimento Sobrinho
OBJECTIVE: To estimate the prevalence of burnout in intensivist doctors working in adult, pediatric and neonatal intensive care units in five Brazilian capitals. METHODS: Descriptive epidemiological study with a random sample stratified by conglomerate with 180 intensivist doctors from five capitals representing the Brazilian geographic regions: Porto Alegre (RS), Sao Paulo (SP), Salvador (BA), Goiania (GO) and Belem (PA). A self-administered questionnaire examining sociodemographic data and the level of burnout was evaluated through the Maslach Burnout Inventory...
September 2016: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
Silvia Regina da Cruz Migone, Camila Guerreiro Bentes, Débora Bacellar Cruz Nunes, Juliana Bacellar Cruz Nunes, Rodolfo Marcial da Silva Pinon, Thales Xavit Souza E Silva
Faced with the long waiting list for a kidney transplant, the use of donors with expanded criteria, like polycystic kidneys, is an option that aims to increase in a short time the supply of kidneys for transplant. This report of two cases of transplants performed from a donor with polycystic kidneys showed promising results, and the receptors evolved with good renal function, serum creatinine measurements within the normal range and with adequate glomerular filtration rate, evaluated over a period of four years post transplant...
July 2016: Jornal Brasileiro de Nefrologia: ʹorgão Oficial de Sociedades Brasileira e Latino-Americana de Nefrologia
Beatriz D S F Bonamichi, Stella L M Santiago, Débora R Bertola, Chong A Kim, Nivaldo Alonso, Berenice B Mendonca, Tania A S S Bachega, Larissa G Gomes
P450 oxidoreductase deficiency (PORD) is a variant of congenital adrenal hyperplasia that is caused by POR gene mutations. The POR gene encodes a flavor protein that transfers electrons from nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate (NADPH) to all microsomal cytochrome P450 type II (including 21-hydroxylase, 17α-hydroxylase 17,20 lyase and aromatase), which is fundamental for their enzymatic activity. POR mutations cause variable impairments in steroidogenic enzyme activities that result in wide phenotypic variability ranging from 46,XX or 46,XY disorders of sexual differentiation, glucocorticoid deficiency, with or without skeletal malformations similar to Antley-Bixler syndrome to asymptomatic newborns diagnosed during neonatal screening test...
October 10, 2016: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Debora Lucia Seguro Danilovic, Bruno Ferraz-de-Souza, Amanda Wictky Fabri, Nathalie Oliveira Santana, Marco Aurelio Kulcsar, Claudio Roberto Cernea, Suemi Marui, Ana Oliveira Hoff
OBJECTIVE: The increasing incidence of thyroid nodules demands identification of risk factors for malignant disease. Several studies suggested the association of higher TSH levels with cancer, but influence of 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25OHD) is controversial. This study aimed to identify the relationship of thyroid cancer with higher TSH levels and hypovitaminosis D and to evaluate their influence on prognostic characteristics of papillary thyroid carcinomas (PTC). METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 433 patients submitted to thyroidectomy for thyroid nodules...
2016: PloS One
Rodrigo Dutra Nunes, Guilherme Ventura-Martins, Débora Monteiro Moretti, Priscilla Medeiros-Castro, Carlucio Rocha-Santos, Carlos Renato de Oliveira Daumas-Filho, Paula Rego Barros Bittencourt-Cunha, Karina Martins-Cardoso, Cecília Oliveira Cudischevitch, Rubem Figueiredo Sadok Menna-Barreto, José Henrique Maia Oliveira, Desiely Silva Gusmão, Francisco José Alves Lemos, Daniela Sales Alviano, Pedro Lagerblad Oliveira, Carl Lowenberger, David Majerowicz, Ricardo Melo Oliveira, Rafael Dias Mesquita, Georgia Correa Atella, Mário Alberto Cardoso Silva-Neto
BACKGROUND: Mosquitoes feed on plant-derived fluids such as nectar and sap and are exposed to bioactive molecules found in this dietary source. However, the role of such molecules on mosquito vectorial capacity is unknown. Weather has been recognized as a major determinant of the spread of dengue, and plants under abiotic stress increase their production of polyphenols. RESULTS: Here, we show that including polyphenols in mosquito meals promoted the activation of AMP-dependent protein kinase (AMPK)...
October 2016: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
Débora de Paula Michelatto, Leif Karlsson, Ana Letícia Gori Lusa, Camila D'Almeida Mgnani Silva, Linus Joakim Östberg, Bengt Persson, Gil Guerra-Júnior, Sofia Helena Valente de Lemos-Marini, Michela Barbaro, Maricilda Palandi de Mello, Svetlana Lajic
We present the functional and structural effects of seven novel (p.Leu12Met, p.Arg16Cys, p.Ser101Asn, p.Ser202Gly, p.Pro267Leu, p.Gln389_Ala391del, and p.Thr450Met) and two previously reported but not studied (p.Ser113Phe and p.Thr450Pro) CYP21A2 mutations. Functional analyses were complemented with in silico prediction of mutation pathogenicity based on the recently crystallized human CYP21A2 structure. Mutated proteins were transiently expressed in COS-1 cells and enzyme activities towards 17-hydroxyprogesterone and progesterone were determined...
2016: International Journal of Endocrinology
Morgana Moretti, Josiane Budni, Camille Mertins Ribeiro, Débora Kurrle Rieger, Rodrigo Bainy Leal, Ana Lúcia S Rodrigues
In this study, we examined the ability of subchronic ascorbic acid administration to produce an antidepressant-like effect in the mouse tail suspension test (TST). Moreover, we investigated the effect of this vitamin on hippocampal and cerebrocortical brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) immunocontent, phosphorylation of protein kinase B (AKT), extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), p38(MAPK) and c-Jun. N-terminal kinase (JNK). Fluoxetine (10 mg/kg, positive control, po) or ascorbic acid (0.1 and 1 mg/kg, po), administered once daily for 21 days, produced a significant antidepressant-like effect in the TST...
September 14, 2016: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
Luís Fernando Amato-Lourenco, Debora Jã A Lobo, Eliane T Guimarães, Tiana Carla Lopes Moreira, Regiani Carvalho-Oliveira, Mitiko Saiki, Paulo Hilário Nascimento Saldiva, Thais Mauad
Urban gardening is a growing global phenomenon with a positive impact on society. Despite several associated benefits, growing vegetables in urban gardens that are localized in highly polluted areas poses questions about the safety of the produced food. Therefore, the identification of risk factors that result in possible deleterious effects to human health is important for realizing all of the benefits to society. We evaluated the use of two biomonitoring methods in ten urban gardens of Sao Paulo city and one control site: the micronuclei frequencies for early tetrads of Tradescantia pallida (Rose) Hunt...
October 5, 2016: Science of the Total Environment
Debora Walker, Dhruv P Singh, Peer Fischer
Immobilization of colloidal assemblies onto solid supports via a fast UV-triggered click-reaction is achieved. Transient assemblies of microparticles and colloidal materials can be captured and transferred to solid supports. The technique does not require complex reaction conditions, and is compatible with a variety of particle assembly methods.
September 22, 2016: Advanced Materials
Débora Torrealba, Joaquin Seras-Franzoso, Uwe Mamat, Kathleen Wilke, Antonio Villaverde, Nerea Roher, Elena Garcia-Fruitós
The control of infectious diseases is a major current challenge in intensive aquaculture. Most commercial vaccines are based on live attenuated or inactivated pathogens that are usually combined with adjuvants, oil emulsions being as the most widely used for vaccination in aquaculture. Although effective, the use of these oil emulsions is plagued with important side effects. Thus, the development of alternative safer and cost-effective immunostimulants and adjuvants is highly desirable. Here we have explored the capacity of inclusion bodies produced in bacteria to immunostimulate and protect fish against bacterial infections...
2016: PloS One
Zeineb Ben Aziza, Hugo Henck, Debora Pierucci, Mathieu G Silly, Emmanuel Lhuillier, Gilles Patriarche, Fausto Sirotti, Mahmoud Eddrief, Abdelkarim Ouerghi
Stacking two-dimensional materials in so-called van der Waals (vdW) heterostructures, like the combination of GaSe and graphene, provides the ability to obtain hybrid systems which are suitable to design optoelectronic devices. Here, we report the structural and electronic properties of the direct growth of multilayered GaSe by Molecular beam Epitaxy (MBE) on graphene. Reflection high-energy electron diffraction (RHEED) images exhibited sharp streaky features indicative of high quality GaSe layer produced via a vdW epitaxy...
October 7, 2016: ACS Nano
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