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Lipid oxidation in membrane and cell biophysics: from functional nanosensors to impact on amyloid formation. Application of advanced fluorescence, X-ray scattering and microscopy techniques

Grant number: 14/20107-7
Support type:Regular Research Grants
Duration: August 01, 2016 - September 30, 2020
Field of knowledge:Biological Sciences - Biophysics - Molecular Biophysics
Cooperation agreement: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT)
Principal Investigator:Rosangela Itri
Grantee:Rosangela Itri
Principal investigator abroad: Manuel José Estevez Prieto
Institution abroad: Associação do Instituto Superior Técnico para a Investigação e Desenvolvimento (IST-ID), Portugal
Home Institution: Instituto de Física (IF). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil
Assoc. researchers: Ana Isabel Abrantes Coutinho ; Andreza Barbosa Gomide ; Fabio Monteiro Fernandes ; Leandro Ramos Souza Barbosa ; Mário Nuno de Matos Sequeira Berberan e Santos ; Mauricio da Silva Baptista


Lipid oxidation is a degenerative process that disturbs the structure and function of cells with pathologic consequences as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's diseases, atherosclerosis, diabetes, aging and carcinogenesis. In this project, we joint complementary expertises to explore how oxidized lipids affect the biophysical properties of lipid bilayers in terms of membrane integrity, permeability, as well as formation of lipid rafts. In the following, we aim to unveil the role of oxidized lipids in promoting amyloidogenic aggregates formation on membrane surface. Further, by means of oxygen sensor, we investigate the consequences of singlet oxygen production as well as its preferential location within the cell after a photosensition process. The experimental tools will comprise SAXS, optical microscopy and advanced fluorescence techniques. (AU)

Scientific publications
(References retrieved automatically from Web of Science and SciELO through information on FAPESP grants and their corresponding numbers as mentioned in the publications by the authors)
TSUBONE, TAYANA MAZIN; BAPTISTA, MAURICIO S.; ITRI, ROSANGELA. Understanding membrane remodelling initiated by photosensitized lipid oxidation. Biophysical Chemistry, v. 254, NOV 2019. Web of Science Citations: 2.
TSUBONE, TAYANA MAZIN; JUNQUEIRA, HELENA COUTO; BAPTISTA, MAURICIO S.; ITRI, ROSANGELA. Contrasting roles of oxidized lipids in modulating membrane microdomains. BIOCHIMICA ET BIOPHYSICA ACTA-BIOMEMBRANES, v. 1861, n. 3, p. 660-669, MAR 1 2019. Web of Science Citations: 4.

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