Vera Mendes

Vera Mendes
University of Coimbra | UC · Center for Neuroscience and Cell Biology

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The steep increase in nontuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) infections makes understanding their unique physiology an urgent health priority. NTM synthesize two polysaccharides proposed to modulate fatty acid metabolism: the ubiquitous 6-O-methylglucose lipopolysaccharide, and the 3-O-methylmannose polysaccharide (MMP) so far detected in rapidly growin...
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Coffee may protect against non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), but the roles of the caffeine and non-caffeine components are unclear. Coffee intake by 156 overweight subjects (87% with Type-2-Diabetes, T2D) was assessed via a questionnaire, with 98 subjects (all T2D) also providing a 24 h urine sample for quantification of coffee metabolites...
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COVID-19 is the most impacting global pandemic of all time, with over 600 million infected and 6.5 million deaths worldwide, in addition to an unprecedented economic impact. Despite the many advances in scientific knowledge about the disease, much remains to be clarified about the molecular alterations induced by SARS-CoV-2 infection. In this work,...
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The comprehension of the pathophysiological mechanisms, the identification of druggable targets, and putative biomarkers for aortic valve stenosis can be pursued through holistic approaches such as proteomics. However, tissue homogenization and protein extraction are made difficult by tissue calcification. The reproducibility of proteome studies is...
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Deuterated water (2H2O) is a widely used tracer of carbohydrate biosynthesis in both pre‐clinical and clinical settings, but the significant kinetic isotope effects (KIE) of 2H can distort metabolic information and mediate toxicity. 18O‐water (H218O) has no significant KIE and is incorporated into specific carbohydrate oxygens via well‐defined mech...
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Microplastics (MPs) are globally present in the marine environment, but the biological effects on marine organisms at the molecular and cellular levels remain scarce. Due to their lipophilic nature, MPs can adsorb other contaminants present in the marine environment, which may increase their detrimental effects once ingested by organisms. This stud...
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Improving the capacity of plants to face adverse environmental conditions requires a deep understanding of the molecular mechanisms governing stress response and adaptation. Proteomics, combined with metabolic analyses, offers a wide resource of information to be used in plant breeding programs. Previous studies have shown that somatic embryogenesi...
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Improving the capacity of plants to face adverse environmental conditions requires a deep understanding of the molecular mechanisms governing stress response and adaptation. Proteomics, combined with metabolic analyses, offers a wide resource of information to be used in plant breeding programs. Previous studies have shown that somatic embryogenesi...
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Background Multiple sclerosis is an inflammatory and degenerative disease of the central nervous system (CNS) characterized by demyelination and concomitant axonal loss. The lack of a single specific test, and the similarity to other inflammatory diseases of the central nervous system, makes it difficult to have a clear diagnosis of multiple sclero...
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One of the most ambitious challenges in plant science is to engineer the C4-photosynthesis into C3-crops. Despite the most elaborate efforts to equip C3-plants with the key C4-enzymes, the final goal was never met. One possible explanation lies in the misregulation at the posttranslational level of the C4-enzymes in the C3-plants. To better underst...
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Targeting multiple cellular populations is of high therapeutic relevance for the tackling of solid tumors heterogeneity. Herein, the ability of pegylated and pH-sensitive liposomes, functionalized with the nucleolin-binding F3 peptide and containing doxorubicin (DXR)/C6-ceramide synergistic combination, to target, in vitro, ovarian cancer, includin...
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Somatic embryogenesis is the process by which bipolar structures with no vascular connection with the surrounding tissue are formed from a single or a group of vegetative cells, and in conifers it can be divided into five different steps: initiation, proliferation, maturation, germination and acclimatization. Somatic embryogenesis has long been use...
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Patients with breast or ovarian cancer have not benefited from improved efficacy with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin relative to free drug, likely due to the limited extent of the enhanced permeability and retention (EPR) effect, further compromising drug bioavailability in the tumor. Herein it is hypothesized that targeting nucleolin overexpresse...
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As Yondelis joins the ranks of approved anti-cancer drugs, the benefit from exploring the oceans’ biodiversity becomes clear. From marine toxins, relevant bioproducts can be obtained due to their potential to interfere with specific pathways. We explored the cytotoxicity of toxin-bearing secretions of the polychaete Eulalia onto a battery of normal...
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Since dopamine (DA) was discovered as an essential neurotransmitter, with a profound impact on motor control, memory, and behavioral impulses, the pathogenesis of several neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders have been associated with the dysfunction of the dopaminergic system. Regarding this, the most common drugs used to treat these pa...
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Objectives: Nutritional insufficiencies have been associated with cognitive impairment. Understanding whether nutritional biomarker levels are associated with clinical progression could help to design dietary intervention trials. This longitudinal study examined a panel of nutritional biomarkers in relation to clinical progression in patients with...
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Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) has been considered the key source for the search of biomarkers, in particular for neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease, since it reflects the state of the central nervous system (CNS). Finding biomarkers in the earliest stages of neurodegenerative diseases has become imperative, since, at the...
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Caffeine is one of the most widely consumed psycho-stimulants. The study of the beneficial effects of caffeine consumption to decrease the risk of developing several neuropsychiatric pathologies is receiving increasing attention. Thus, accurate and sensitive methods have been developed, mainly by LC-MS/MS, in order to quantify caffeine and its meta...
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Stability of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) composition under different pre-analytical conditions is relevant for the diagnostic potential of biomarkers. Our aim was to examine the pre-analytical stability of promising CSF biomarkers that are currently evaluated for their discriminative use in various neurological diseases. Pooled CSF was aliquoted...
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The increased use of silver nanoparticles (AgNPs) raises concerns about their impacts on aquatic ecosystems. Impacts of Ag+ and AgNPs were assessed on proteomic and antioxidant enzymatic responses of Pseudomonas sp. M1. The effects of Ag+ on bacterial growth were stronger than those of AgNPs (EC20=107.1 µg L-1 for Ag+; EC20=307.2 µg L-1 for AgNPs),...
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A liquid chromatography tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS) using multiple reaction monitoring (MRM) in a triple-quadrupole scan mode was developed and comprehensively validated for the determination of [6,6-(2)H2]glucose and [U-(13)C6]glucose enrichments from dried blood spots (DBS) without prior derivatization. The method is demonstrated with dri...
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Biobank saliva sample quality depends on specific criteria applied to collection, processing, and storage. In spite of the growing interest in saliva as a diagnostic fluid, few biobanks currently store large collections of such samples. The development of a standard operating procedure (SOP) for saliva collection and quality control is fundamental...
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The alkaloid cylindrospermopsin has been recognized of increased concern due to the global expansion of its main producer, Cylindrospermopsis raciborskii. Previous studies have shown that bivalves can accumulate high levels of cylindrospermopsin. Based on the potential for human health risks, a provisional tolerable daily intake of 0.03 μg/kg-body...
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The relationship between consciousness and neural activity, i.e., between mental and brain states, has been widely studied. However, the relation between consciousness and its biochemical markers is still undetermined. Altered states of consciousness (ASC), can be a learning process for the achievement of subjective states of happiness. Clinical hy...
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Caffeine may be protective against Alzheimer's disease (AD) by modulating amyloid-β (Aβ) metabolic pathways. The present work aimed to study a possible association of caffeine consumption with the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers, particularly Aβ. The study included 88 patients with AD or mild cognitive impairment. The consumption of caffeine a...
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Mice deficient in adipose triglyceride lipase (ATGL(-/-)) present elevated ectopic lipid levels but are paradoxically glucose-tolerant. Measurement of endogenous glucose production (EGP) and Cori cycle activity provide insights into the maintenance of glycemic control in these animals. These parameters were determined in 7 wild-type (ATGL(+/-)) and...
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PRRXL1 is a paired-like homeodomain transcription factor expressed in dorsal root ganglia (DRG) and dorsal spinal cord (dSC) nociceptive neurons. PRRXL1 is crucial for the establishment and maintenance of nociceptive circuitry, as Prrxl1-/- mice present neuronal loss, reduced pain sensitivity and failure to thrive. In this study, we show that PRRXL...
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Glucose metabolism in free-swimming fasted and fed seabass was studied using deuterated water ((2)H(2)O). After transfer to seawater enriched with 4.9% (2)H(2)O for 6-h or for 72-h, positional and mole percent enrichment (MPE) of plasma glucose and water were quantified by (2)H NMR and ESI-MS/MS. Plasma water (2)H-enrichment reached that of seawate...
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Allergic disorders, such as seasonal rhinitis and asthma, are increasing causes of morbidity worldwide and often result from exposure to airborne pollen. Pollen allergy has a remarkable clinical impact all over Europe. In fact, epidemiological longitudinal studies confirm that pollen species usually considered with low allergenic potential became m...
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Peptide fractionation is extremely important in proteomics approaches. Full proteome characterization is desired from complex organisms, and with growing interest in post-translational modifications an extended protein sequence coverage is required. Peptide fractionation techniques have the great challenge of feeding current mass spectrometers in a...
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The glutamate-glutamine cycle between neurons and glia is tightly related to excitatory glutamatergic and inhibitory GABAergic regulation in brain. The role of this neuron-astrocyte cross-talk on the neurotoxicity induced by amphetamines is not understood. Also, the impact of neurotoxic doses of amphetamines on the balance between glutamatergic and...

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