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Danielle Ferraz Mello

Danielle Ferraz Mello

Doctor of Philosophy in Biochemistry
I study how pollutants and other stressors can impact innate immunity and metabolism and cause disease susceptibility.

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May 2017 - May 2020
Duke University
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  • PostDoc Position
April 2016 - May 2017
Duke University
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  • PostDoc Position
March 2013 - February 2014
Université de Montpellier
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  • visiting PhD student

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Publications (29)
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Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is prone to mutation in aging and over evolutionary time, yet the processes that regulate the accumulation of de novo mtDNA mutations and modulate mtDNA heteroplasmy are not fully elucidated. Mitochondria lack certain DNA repair processes, which could contribute to polymerase error-induced mutations and increase susceptibi...
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Mitochondria are central players in host immunometabolism as they function not only as metabolic hubs but also as signaling platforms regulating innate immunity. Environmental exposures to mitochondrial toxicants occur widely and are increasingly frequent. Exposures to these mitotoxicants may pose a serious threat to organismal health and the onset...
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Silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) are well-proven antimicrobial nanomaterials, yet little is elucidated regarding the mechanism underlying cytotoxicity induced by these nanoparticles. Here, we tested the hypothesis that mitochondria are primary intracellular targets of two AgNPs and silver ions in mouse hepatocytes (AML12) cultured in glucose- and galac...
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Glutathione (GSH) is a major cellular antioxidant molecule participating in several biological processes, including immune function. In this study, we investigated the importance of GSH to oysters Crassostrea gigas immune response. Oysters were treated with the GSH-synthesis inhibitor buthionine sulfoximine (BSO), and the function of immune cells a...
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The extensive use of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) in manufactured products will inevitably increase environmental exposure, highlighting the importance of accurate toxicity assessments. A frequent strategy to estimate AgNP cytotoxicity is to use absorbance or fluorescent-based assays. In this study we report that AgNPs - with or without surface fun...
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Mild suppression of mitochondrial activity has beneficial effects across species. The nematode Caenorhabditis elegans is a versatile, genetically tractable model organism widely employed for aging studies, which has led to the identification of many of the known evolutionarily conserved mechanisms regulating lifespan. In C. elegans the pro-longevit...
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Mesencephalic astrocyte-derived neurotrophic factor (MANF) is the only human neurotrophic factor with an evolutionarily-conserved C. elegans homolog, Y54G2A.23 or manf-1. MANF is a small, soluble, endoplasmic-reticulum (ER)-resident protein that is secreted upon ER stress and promotes survival of target cells such as neurons. However, the role of M...
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Mitochondria are key targets of many environmental contaminants, as specific chemicals can interact directly with mitochondrial proteins, lipids, and ribonucleic acids. These direct interactions serve as molecular initiating events (MIEs) that impede ATP production and other critical functions that mitochondria serve within the cell (e.g., calcium...
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Perkinsus spp. have been detected in various bivalve species from north‐east Brazil. Santa Catarina is a South Brasil state with the highest national oyster production. Considering the pathogenicity of some Perkinsus spp., a study was carried out to survey perkinsosis in two oyster species cultured in this State, the mangrove oyster Crassostrea gas...
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Recent decades have seen a rapid increase in reported toxic effects of drugs and pollutants on mitochondria. Researchers have also documented many genetic differences leading to mitochondrial diseases, currently reported to affect ∼1 person in 4,300, creating a large number of potential gene-environment interactions in mitochondrial toxicity. We br...
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Analysis of the Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas annotated genome revealed genes with conserved sequences belonging to typical cap ‘n’ collar Nrf2 domain, a major player in antioxidant protection, and domains belonging to Nrf2 cytoplasmic repressor (Keap1), but little is known about Nrf2/Keap1 induction in bivalves. C. gigas were exposed to waterbo...
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This study investigated the effects of hypoxia on oxidative stress response and immune function in mussels Perna perna exposed to air for 6, 12, 24 and 48 h. In air-exposed mussels, the antioxidant enzymes superoxide dismutase (SOD), catalase, and glutathione reductase (GR) activities were lower in gill tissues (24–48 h) and digestive gland (12 h),...
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α-Tocopheryl phosphate (αTP) is a phosphorylated form of α-tocopherol. Since it is phosphorylated in the hydroxyl group that is essential for the antioxidant property of α-tocopherol, we hypothesized that αTP would modulate the antioxidant system, rather than being an antioxidant agent per se. α-TP demonstrated antioxidant activity in vitro against...
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Urban sewage is a concerning issue worldwide, threatening both wildlife and human health. The present study investigated protein oxidation in Mangrove Oysters (Crassostrea brasiliana) exposed to seawater from Balneário Camboriú, an important tourist destination in Brazil that is affected by urban sewage. Oysters were exposed for 24 h to seawater co...
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Blooms of the harmful alga Dinophysis acuminata , which produces okadaic acid (OA), are becoming recurrent in Santa Catarina coast, where most of the shellfish marine farms in Brazil are located. We evaluated the impact of D. acuminata blooms on various haemato-immunological parameters and on tissue integrity of cultivated oysters ( Crassostrea gig...
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The increasing industrial use of nanomaterials during the last decades poses a potential threat to the environment and in particular to organisms living in the aquatic environment. In the present study, the toxicity of zinc oxide nanoparticles (ZnONP) was investigated in Pacific oysters Crassostrea gigas. The nanoscale of ZnONP, in vehicle or ultra...
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Blood cells or hemocytes are the major component of the cellular immune responses in bivalves. Recent evidences have demonstrated that the immune functions of these cells can be impaired by harmful algae and their toxins. In this study, we compared the in vitro effect of the toxic dinoflagellate Alexandrium minutum and its purified paralytic toxin,...
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Hemocytes mediate a series of immune reactions essential for bivalve survival in the environment, however, the impact of harmful algal species and their associated phycotoxins upon bivalve immune system is under debate. To better understand the possible toxic effects of these toxins, Crassostrea gigas hemocytes were exposed to brevetoxin (PbTx-2)....
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Disturbances in antioxidant defenses decrease cellular protection against oxidative stress and jeopardize cellular homeostasis. To knock down the antioxidant defenses of Pacific oyster Crassostrea gigas, animals were pre-treated with 1-chloro-2,4-dinitrobenzene (CDNB) and further challenged with pro-oxidant menadione (MEN). CDNB pre-treatment (10 μ...
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Selenium and copper are naturally occurring elements in the environment that have important roles in cellular function. Selenium is known for its role in antioxidant defense, whereas copper is a redox-active metal capable of acting as a pro-oxidant. We investigated the effects of short term selenium (Na(2)SeO(3)) supplementation (4 μg/L for 3 days)...
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This study aimed to verify if Dinophysis acuminata natural blooms affected the immune system of three bivalves: the oyster, Crassostrea gigas, the mussel, Perna perna, and the clam, Anomalocardia brasiliana. Animals were obtained from a renowned mariculture farm in the southern bay of Santa Catarina Island during, and 30 days after (controls), an a...

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I'm using the model organism C. elegans to understand how environmental pollutants that are toxic to mitochondria can also affect the innate immune system, as this organelle is fundamental for coordinating some immune responses.