Ana Magalhães
Name: Ana Magalhães
Academic Degree: Doctor of philosophy

Ana Magalhães
Ana Magalhães
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Junior Researcher of Glycobiology in Cancer

Short CV
Ana Magalhães is BSc in Biochemistry by the University of Porto (2005) and PhD in Biomedicine by the Medical Faculty of University of Porto (2011), with the supervision of Celso Reis (Ipatimup) and Thomas Borén (Umeå University, Sweden). Ana Magalhães is currently a post-doc at the Glycobiology in Cancer group, focused on identifying key enzymatic steps responsible for the gastric mucosa glycosylation remodeling observed during gastric carcinogenesis and on disclosing the structural-functional roles of glycans in modulating gastric cell tumorigenic potential. Ana Magalhães is co-author of 24 peer reviewed publications (H-index 10) and one book chapter.
Ana Magalhaes has participated in 7 Research Projects financed by national and international institutions and she is also the co-inventor of 1 registered international patent. (

Identification of Syndecan-4 functional role in Helicobacter pylori adhesion and injection of virulence factors.

Glycophenotype characterization of human gastric mucosas representing different stages of the gastric carcinogenic cascade. We aim to find combinations of glycans that are differently expressed according to disease stage and to identify glycoforms selected by gastric cancer cells.

Understanding of the biological relevance of sialylated glycan structures in modulating gastric cancer cell behaviour and putative involvement in gastric carcinogenesis.

Designing of novel therapeutic strategies to prevent bacterial binding which explore the H. pylori-host glycans interactions.

Supervisor of
Isabel Antunes, Junior Researcher
João Antunes, PhD Student

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First Author
Aberrant Glycosylation in Cancer: A Novel Molecular Mechanism Controlling Metastasis. Cancer cell 31: 733-735, 2017. [Editorial Material] 
2. Magalhães A, Rossez Y, Robbe-Masselot C, Maes E, Gomes J, Shevtsova A, Bugaytsova J, Borén T, Reis CA
 doi: 10.1038/srep25575 PMID: 27161092.
3. Magalhães A, Mereiter S, Reis C
4. Magalhães A, Marcos-Pinto R, Nairn AV, Dela Rosa M, Ferreira RM, Junqueira-Neto S, Freitas D, Gomes J, Oliveira P, Santos MR, Marcos NT, Xiaogang W, Figueiredo C, Oliveira C, Dinis-Ribeiro M, Carneiro F, Moremen KW, David L, Reis CA
Helicobacter pylori chronic infection and mucosal inflammation switches the human gastric glycosylation pathways. BIOCHIMICA ET BIOPHYSICA ACTA-MOLECULAR BASIS OF DISEASE 1852: 1928-39, 2015. [Article] 
Helicobacter pylori adhesion to gastric epithelial cells is mediated by glycan receptors. Brazilian journal of medical and biological research = Revista brasileira de pesquisas médicas e biológicas / Sociedade Brasileira de Biofísica ... [et al.] 43: 611-8, 2010. [Review] 
 PMID: 20521012.
6. Magalhães A, Ismail MN, Reis CA
Sweet receptors mediate the adhesion of the gastric pathogen Helicobacter pylori: glycoproteomic strategies. Expert review of proteomics 7: 307-10, 2010. [Editorial Material] 
 doi: 10.1586/epr.10.18 PMID: 20536299.
7. Magalhães A, Gomes J, Ismail MN, Haslam SM, Mendes N, Osório H, David L, Le Pendu J, Haas R, Dell A, Borén T, Reis CA
8. Magalhães A, Marcos N T, Carvalho A S, David L, Figueiredo C, Bastos J, David G, Reis C
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