Wanda Maria Almeida von Krüger

Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Publications (9)33.43 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Trypanosoma cruzi proteins with molecular weight between 30-34kDa have shown high reactivity in western blot assays with serum samples from chagasic individuals. However, in-depth analysis of the constituents of these protein fractions has not been performed. This is the first report of an immunoaffinity proteomic approach to identify the immunodominant 30-34kDa proteins of T. cruzi that could eventually be used for the diagnosis of Chagas disease. We used two different sample preparation protocols for protein digestion coupled to mass spectrometry to identify proteins in the protein fraction. The immunodominant proteins and their respective epitopes were then identified by co-immunoprecipitation and excision-epitope mapping/mass spectrometry, using human sera followed by the prediction and three-dimensional structural modeling of reactive epitopes. The use of different sample preparation methods allowed the identification of a relatively high number of proteins, some of which were only identified after one or multiple sample preparation and digestion protocols. Seven immunodominant proteins were identified by co-immunoprecipitation with purified IgGs from chagasic serum samples. Moreover, six reactive peptide epitopes were detected in four of these proteins by excision-epitope mapping/mass spectrometry. Three-dimensional structural models were obtained for the immunoreactive peptides, which correlated well with the linear B-cell epitope prediction tools.
    Journal of proteomics 11/2012; · 5.07 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Proteus mirabilis is an opportunistic pathogen that frequently causes complicated urinary tract infections. Among a wide spectrum of potential virulence factors, outer membrane proteins (OMPs) are critical for bacterial interactions and survival in different environments. In this work, we used a proteomic approach to assess P. mirabilis in vivo OMPs expression compared to in vitro, including iron replete and iron-restricted conditions. Three putative iron receptors, IreA, PMI0842, and PMI2596, were detected both in bacterium grown in vivo and in vitro under iron-restricted conditions. A prophage gene product, PMI1721, was detected only on in vivo growing bacterium, suggesting a potential role yet to be disclosed on the surface of P. mirabilis. Plasminogen, a host protein, was co-purified with OMPs of in vivo grown bacteria, which is in accordance with previous observations and suggests that plasminogen bound to P. mirabilis surface may be associated to virulence as seen in other bacterial pathogens. Western blots using sera of experimentally challenged mice showed that iron-regulated proteins are expressed and highly immunogenic during infection. This work confirms observations made by others for P. mirabilis and reveals details not yet described, suggesting new aspects of the bacterium pathogenesis that remain unknown.
    FEMS Immunology & Medical Microbiology 11/2011; 63(2):174-82. · 2.68 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Crithidia deanei is a trypanosomatid protozoan that harbours a symbiotic bacterium. The partners maintain a mutualistic relationship, thus constituting an excellent model for studying metabolic exchanges between the host and the symbiont, the origin of organelles and cellular evolution. According to molecular analysis, symbionts of different trypanosomatid species share high identity and descend from a common ancestor, a β-proteobacterium of the genus Bordetella. The endosymbiont is surrounded by two membranes, like Gram-negative bacteria, but its envelope presents special features, since phosphatidylcholine is a major membrane component and the peptidoglycan layer is highly reduced, as described in other obligate intracellular bacteria. Like the process that generated mitochondria and plastids, the endosymbiosis in trypanosomatids depends on pathways that facilitate the intensive metabolic exchanges between the bacterium and the host protozoan. A search of the annotated symbiont genome database identified one sequence with identity to porin-encoding genes of the genus Bordetella. Considering that the symbiont outer membrane has a great accessibility to cytoplasm host factors, it was important to characterize this single porin-like protein using biochemical, molecular, computational and ultrastructural approaches. Antiserum against the recombinant porin-like molecule revealed that it is mainly located in the symbiont envelope. Secondary structure analysis and comparative modelling predicted the protein 3D structure as an 18-domain β-barrel, which is consistent with porin channels. Electrophysiological measurements showed that the porin displays a slight preference for cations over anions. Taken together, the data presented herein suggest that the C. deanei endosymbiont porin is phylogenetically and structurally similar to those described in Gram-negative bacteria, representing a diffusion channel that might contribute to the exchange of nutrients and metabolic precursors between the symbiont and its host cell.
    Microbiology 07/2011; 157(Pt 10):2818-30. · 3.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus is a plant-growth-promoting bacterium that colonizes sugarcane. In order to investigate molecular aspects of the G. diazotrophicus-sugarcane interaction, we performed a quantitative mass spectrometry-based proteomic analysis by (15)N metabolic labeling of bacteria, root samples, and co-cultures. Overall, more than 400 proteins were analyzed and 78 were differentially expressed between the plant-bacterium interaction model and control cultures. A comparative analysis of the G. diazotrophicus in interaction with two distinct genotypes of sugarcane, SP70-1143 and Chunee, revealed proteins with fundamental roles in cellular recognition. G. diazotrophicus presented proteins involved in adaptation to atypical conditions and signaling systems during the interaction with both genotypes. However, SP70-1143 and Chunee, sugarcane genotypes with high and low contribution of biological nitrogen fixation, showed divergent responses in contact with G. diazotrophicus. The SP70-1143 genotype overexpressed proteins from signaling cascades and one from a lipid metabolism pathway, whereas Chunee differentially synthesized proteins involved in chromatin remodeling and protein degradation pathways. In addition, we have identified 30 bacterial proteins in the roots of the plant samples; from those, nine were specifically induced by plant signals. This is the first quantitative proteomic analysis of a bacterium-plant interaction, which generated insights into early signaling of the G. diazotrophicus-sugarcane interaction.
    Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions 12/2010; 24(5):562-76. · 4.31 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The putative phosphoporin encoded by vca1008 of Vibrio cholerae O1 is expressed in vivo during infection and is essential for the intestinal colonization of infant mice. In vitro, its expression is induced under inorganic phosphate (P(i)) limitation in a PhoB/R-dependent manner. In this work we demonstrated that VCA1008 has a strain-specific role in the physiology and pathogenicity of V. cholerae O1. Disruption of vca1008 led to a growth defect, an inability to colonize and a high susceptibility to sodium deoxycholate (DOC; the major bile compound) in the El Tor biotype strain N16961, but did not affect the classical strain O395 in the same way. Furthermore, vca1008 promoter activity was higher in N16961 cells grown under a low P(i) supply in the presence of DOC than in the absence of the detergent. In the P(i)-limited cells, vca1008 was positively regulated by PhoB, but when DOC was added to the medium, it negatively affected the PhoB-mediated activation of the gene, and enhanced vca1008 expression in a ToxR-dependent manner. These findings reveal for the first time a complex strain-specific interplay between ToxR and PhoB/R systems to control porin genes, as well as the influence of DOC on the expression of PhoB- and ToxR-regulated genes and pathogenesis in pandemic strains of V. cholerae.
    Microbiology 10/2010; 156(Pt 10):3011-20. · 3.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus Pal5 is an endophytic diazotrophic bacterium that lives in association with sugarcane plants. It has important biotechnological features such as nitrogen fixation, plant growth promotion, sugar metabolism pathways, secretion of organic acids, synthesis of auxin and the occurrence of bacteriocins. Gluconacetobacter diazotrophicus Pal5 is the third diazotrophic endophytic bacterium to be completely sequenced. Its genome is composed of a 3.9 Mb chromosome and 2 plasmids of 16.6 and 38.8 kb, respectively. We annotated 3,938 coding sequences which reveal several characteristics related to the endophytic lifestyle such as nitrogen fixation, plant growth promotion, sugar metabolism, transport systems, synthesis of auxin and the occurrence of bacteriocins. Genomic analysis identified a core component of 894 genes shared with phylogenetically related bacteria. Gene clusters for gum-like polysaccharide biosynthesis, tad pilus, quorum sensing, for modulation of plant growth by indole acetic acid and mechanisms involved in tolerance to acidic conditions were identified and may be related to the sugarcane endophytic and plant-growth promoting traits of G. diazotrophicus. An accessory component of at least 851 genes distributed in genome islands was identified, and was most likely acquired by horizontal gene transfer. This portion of the genome has likely contributed to adaptation to the plant habitat. The genome data offer an important resource of information that can be used to manipulate plant/bacterium interactions with the aim of improving sugarcane crop production and other biotechnological applications.
    BMC Genomics 09/2009; 10:450. · 4.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The PhoB/PhoR-dependent response to inorganic phosphate (Pi)-starvation in Vibrio cholerae O1 includes the expression of vc0719 for the response regulator PhoB, vca0033 for an alkaline phosphatase and vca1008 for an outer membrane protein (OMP). Sequences with high identity to these genes have been found in the genome of clinical and environmental strains, suggesting that the Pi-starvation response in V. cholerae is well conserved. VCA1008, an uncharacterized OMP involved in V. cholerae pathogenicity, presents sequence similarity to porins of Gram-negative bacteria such as phosphoporin PhoE from Escherichia coli. A three-dimensional model shows that VCA1008 is a 16-stranded pore-forming beta-barrel protein that shares three of the four conserved lysine residues responsible for PhoE anionic specificity with PhoE. VCA1008 beta-barrel apparently forms trimers that collapse into monomers by heating. Properties such as heat modifiability and resistance to denaturation by sodium dodecyl sulfate at lower temperatures permitted us to suggest that VCA1008 is a classical porin, more precisely, a phosphoporin due to its Pi starvation-induced PhoB-dependent expression, demonstrated by electrophoretic mobility shift assay and promoter fusion-lacZ assays.
    FEMS Microbiology Letters 08/2009; 298(2):241-8. · 2.05 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A proteomic view of G. diazotrophicus PAL5 at the exponential (E) and stationary phases (S) of cultures in the presence of low (L) and high levels (H) of combined nitrogen is presented. The proteomes analyzed on 2D-gels showed 131 proteins (42E+32S+29H+28L) differentially expressed by G. diazotrophicus, from which 46 were identified by combining mass spectrometry and bioinformatics tools. Proteins related to cofactor, energy and DNA metabolisms and cytoplasmic pH homeostasis were differentially expressed in E growth phase, under L and H conditions, in line with the high metabolic rate of the cells and the low pH of the media. Proteins most abundant in S-phase cells were stress associated and transporters plus transferases in agreement with the general phenomenon that binding protein-dependent systems are induced under nutrient limitation as part of hunger response. Cells grown in L condition produced nitrogen-fixation accessory proteins with roles in biosynthesis and stabilization of the nitrogenase complex plus proteins for protection of the nitrogenases from O(2)-induced inactivation. Proteins of the cell wall biogenesis apparatus were also expressed under nitrogen limitation and might function in the reshaping of the nitrogen-fixing G. diazotrophicus cells previously described. Genes whose protein products were detected in our analysis were mapped onto the chromosome and, based on the tendency of functionally related bacterial genes to cluster, we identified genes of particular pathways that could be organized in operons and are co-regulated. These results showed the great potential of proteomics to describe events in G. diazotrophicus cells by looking at proteins expressed under distinct growth conditions.
    Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 08/2008; 1784(11):1578-89. · 4.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A proteomic analysis of a wild-type and of a phoB mutant showed that Vibrio cholerae expresses genes of two major regulons in response to phosphate starvation. The Pho regulon, expressed by the wild-type, allowed the cells to adapt to the new environment. Induction of the general stress regulon was mainly observed in the phoB mutant as a strategy to resist stress and survive. Some functions of the adaptative and survival responses play roles in the pathogenicity of the bacteria. Among the members of the Pho regulon, we found a porin described as an important factor for the intestinal colonisation. Other functions not obviously related to phosphate metabolism, expressed preferentially by the wild-type cells, have also been implicated in virulence. These findings might explain the lack of virulence of the phoB mutant. The Pho regulon picture of V. cholerae, however, will not be complete until minor members and membrane proteins are identified. Among the phosphate-starvation induced genes we have found 13 hypothetical ones and for some of them functions have been assigned. The majority of the genes identified here have not been described before, thus they could be used to expand the proteomic reference map of V. cholerae El Tor.
    PROTEOMICS 04/2006; 6(5):1495-511. · 4.13 Impact Factor