PATRICK JACK SPENCER

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Possui graduação em Ciências Biológicas pela Universidade Presbiteriana Mackenzie (1991), mestrado em Tecnologia Nuclear pela Universidade de São Paulo (1995) e doutorado em Tecnologia Nuclear pela Universidade de São Paulo (2000) tendo sido bolsista sandwich no US Army Medical Research Institute for Infeccious Diseases (98-99). É responsável pelo Biotério de criação e manutenção de animais de laboratório do IPEN. Tem experiência na área de Bioquímica, com ênfase em Proteínas, atuando principalmente nos seguintes temas: veneno, proteínas, bothrops, irradiação e miotoxina.(Texto extraído do Currículo Lattes em 22 dez. 2021)

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  • Artigo IPEN-doc 26495
    Proteomic analysis of soluble proteins retrieved from Duttaphrynus melanostictus skin secretion by IEx-batch sample preparation
    2019 - MARIANO, DOUGLAS O.C.; PREZOTTO-NETO, JOSE P.; SPENCER, PATRICK J.; SCIANI, JULIANA M.; PIMENTA, DANIEL C.
    Amphibians display a toxic secretion that works as chemical defenses against predators and/or microorganisms that is stored in specialized glands located in the tegument. For some animals, such glands have accumulated in specific regions of the body and formed prominent structures known as macroglands. The Bufonidae family displays conspicuous macroglands in a post-orbital position, termed parotoids, which secretions are known to be extremely viscous and rich in alkaloids and steroids. Few proteins have been described in this material, though. Mainly, because of the difficulties to handle such biological matrix. In this context, we have performed a proteomic study on the parotoid macrogland secretion of the Asian bufonid Duttaphrynus melanostictus. By employing the Ion-Exchange (IEx)-batch chromatography (anionic, cationic and both) we obtained six fractions - bound and unbound – that were submitted to an in solution-trypsin digestion followed by LC-MS/MS. Proteins related to: antioxidant activity, binding processes (carbohydrate/lipid/protein), energy metabolism, hydrolases, lipid metabolism and membrane traffic were identified. Moreover, IEx was able to preserve the biological activity of the retrieved proteins (peptidasic). The current study increases the knowledge on the proteins present in the bufonids parotoid macrogland secretion, providing a better understanding of the physiological role played by such molecules. Significance: The current approach allowed a detailed proteomic analysis of the several proteins synthesized in the D. melanostictus parotoid macrogland (Bufonidae) that are secreted into the skins, but embedded within a complex viscous biological matrix. Moreover, our results aim to increase the knowledge on the biological role played by such proteins at the skin.
  • Artigo IPEN-doc 23048
    Protein profile analysis of two australian snake venoms by one- dimensional gel electrophoresis and MS/MS experiments
    2017 - GEORGIEVA, DESSISLAVA; HILDEBRAND, DIANA; SIMAS, RODRIGO; CORONADO, MONIKA A.; KWIATKOWSKI, MARCEL; SCHLUTER, HARTMUT; ARNI, RAGHUVIR; SPENCER, PATRICK; BETZEL, CHRISTIAN
    The Pseudechis colletti and Pseudechis butleri venoms were analyzed by 1-D gel electrophoresis, followed by mass spectrometric analysis of tryptic peptides obtained from the protein bands. Both venoms contain highly potent pharmacologically active components, which were assigned to the following protein families: basic and acidic phospholipases A2 (PLA2s), L-amino acid oxidases (LAAOs), P-III metalloproteinases (P-III SVMPs), 5’- nucleotidases (5’-NTDs), cysteine-rich secretory proteins (CRISPs), venom nerve growth factors (VNGFs) and post-synaptic neurotoxins. Considerable predominance of PLA2s over other toxins is a characteristic feature of both venoms. The major differences in the venom compositions are the higher concentration of SVMPs and CRISPs in the P. butleri venom, as well as the presence of post-synaptic neurotoxins. Furthermore, the analysis revealed a high concentration of proteins with myotoxic, coagulopathic and apoptotic activities. PLA2s are responsible for the myotoxic and anticoagulant effects observed in patients after envenomation (4). The other protein families, encountered in the two venoms, probably contribute to the major symptoms described for these venoms. These results explain the observed clinical effects of the black snake envenomation. The analyzed venoms contain group P-III metalloproteinases of medical importance with the potency to be used for diagnostic purposes of von Willebrand factor (vWF) disease, for regulation of vWF in thrombosis and haemostasis, for studying the function of the complement system in host defense and in the pathogenesis of diseases. Comparison of venomic data showed similarities in the major venom components of snakes from the genus Pseudechis, resulting in common clinical effects of envenomation, and demonstrating close relationships between venom toxins of Elapidae snakes.