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Molecular recognition between Trypanosoma Cruzi and endothelial cells: phage display studies

Grant number: 12/13967-4
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Doctorate (Direct)
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2012
Effective date (End): November 30, 2017
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Biochemistry - Molecular Biology
Principal researcher:Ricardo Jose Giordano
Grantee:André Azevedo Reis Teixeira
Home Institution: Instituto de Química (IQ). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Associated research grant:08/54806-8 - Identification of new molecular markers in angiogenic retina and rational design of new therapeutic agents for eye diseases with a vascular component, AP.JP
Associated scholarship(s):16/06069-0 - Development of human monoclonal antibodies for the treatment of Chagas' Disease, BE.EP.DD


Trypanosoma cruzi, the etiologic agent of Chagas disease, is an intracellular parasite known for over a century. In order to infect host cells and complete their reproductive cycle, it needs to perform recognition, adhesion and invasion of these cells. The trans-sialidase family is the largest gene family of the parasite, comprising about 1,400 genes and pseudogenes, the gp85/trans-sialidases (TS) are a group of molecules present on the surface of trypomastigotes that are involved in molecular recognition of the parasite. Using phage display technology, it was demonstrated by Tonelli, et al. (2010), that a motif of 14 aminoacid residues, known as FLY, a highly conserved sequences in the trans-sialidases, has characteristics of molecular recognition that emulate recognition patterns of the T. cruzi. In this project our goal is to identify new conserved motifs in the sequences of trans-sialidases and to characterize them to their ability to recognize and adhere to in endothelial cells and which receptors they use to do so, thus contributing to the understanding of the interactions between host-parasite at the molecular level. (AU)

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TEIXEIRA, André Azevedo Reis. Molecular recognition in Chagas disease from the point of view of the parasite and the host. 2017. Doctoral Thesis - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Conjunto das Químicas (IQ e FCF) (CQ/DBDCQ) São Paulo.

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