Álvaro Olivera-Nappa

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A two-dimensional non-homogeneous biofilm model is proposed for the first time to study chemical and biochemical reactions at the microorganism scale applied to biological metal leaching from mineral ores. The spatial and temporal relation between these reactions, microorganism growth and the morphological changes of the biofilm caused by solid inorganic(More)
BACKGROUND Iron is essential for the maintenance of basic cellular processes. In the regulation of its cellular levels, ferritin acts as the main intracellular iron storage protein. In this work we present a mathematical model for the dynamics of iron storage in ferritin during the process of intestinal iron absorption. A set of differential equations were(More)
OBJECTIVE In this study, we aimed to investigate the genetic background of thyroid dyshormonogenesis (TDH). CONTEXT Thyroid dyshormonogenesis comprises 10-15% of all cases of congenital hypothyroidism (CH), which is the most common neonatal endocrine disorder, and might result from disruptions at any stage of thyroid hormone biosynthesis. Currently seven(More)
BACKGROUND Functionally relevant artificial or natural mutations are difficult to assess or predict if no structure-function information is available for a protein. This is especially important to correctly identify functionally significant non-synonymous single nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs) or to design a site-directed mutagenesis strategy for a target(More)
Mutations in the von Hippel-Lindau (VHL) gene are pathogenic in VHL disease, congenital polycythaemia and clear cell renal carcinoma (ccRCC). pVHL forms a ternary complex with elongin C and elongin B, critical for pVHL stability and function, which interacts with Cullin-2 and RING-box protein 1 to target hypoxia-inducible factor for polyubiquitination and(More)
An attempt has been made to adopt a different approach to evaluate the effect of a protein's charge on its partitioning behaviour in PEG/salt aqueous two-phase systems (ATPS). This has been done using a computer methodology (DelPhi) that allows the calculation of the electrostatic solvation energy that charged proteins present in a particular media such as(More)
Pig trypsin is routinely used as a biotechnological tool, due to its high specificity and ability to be stored as an inactive stable zymogen. However, it is not an optimum enzyme for conditions found in wound debriding for medical uses and trypsinization processes for protein analysis and animal cell culturing, where low Ca(2+) dependency, high activity in(More)
Delphinidin anthocyanins have previously been associated with the inhibition of glucose absorption. Blood glucose lowering effects have been ascribed to maqui berry (Aristotelia chilensis) extracts in humans after boiled rice consumption. In this study, we aimed to explore whether a standardized delphinidin-rich extract from maqui berry (Delphinol) affects(More)
Recent evidence shows that iron induces the endocytosis of the iron transporter dimetal transporter 1 (DMT1) during intestinal absorption. We, and others, have proposed that iron-induced DMT1 internalization underlies the mucosal block phenomena, a regulatory response that downregulates intestinal iron uptake after a large oral dose of iron. In this work,(More)
Transthyretin has been proposed as nutritional biomarker of selenium intake. Previous transthyretin purification methods used different procedures to isolate transthyretin either from plasma or from pathological urine of humans. In general, the procedure for purification of transthyretin is laborious and expensive, and extensive sample recycling is(More)