A. Dominguez

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 The coat protein gene of citrus tristeza virus (CTV) has been introduced into Mexican lime (Citrus aurantifolia Swing.) plants by using an improved Agrobacterium-mediated genetic transformation system. Internodal stem segments from greenhouse-grown seedlings were co-cultivated with A. tumefaciens strain EHA 105 carrying the binary plasmid pBI 121/CTV-CP in(More)
Insertion of foreign DNA into plant genomes frequently results in the recovery of transgenic plants with silenced transgenes. To investigate to what extent regeneration under selective conditions limits the recovery of transgenic plants showing gene silencing in woody species, Mexican lime [Citrus aurantifolia (Christm.) Swing.] plants were transformed with(More)
Cell wall mannoproteins are largely responsible for the adhesive properties and immunomodulation ability of the fungal pathogen Candida albicans. The outer chain extension of yeast mannoproteins occurs in the lumen of the Golgi apparatus. GDP-mannose must first be transported from the cytosol into the Golgi lumen, where mannose is transferred to mannans.(More)
Yarrowia lipolytica is a dimorphic yeast usually isolated from dairy products. Here we described methods for inducing in a homogeneous way a true yeast-hypha transition in liquid medium. As a first step, the cells must be synchronized in the G1 phase of the cell cycle by nitrogen starvation. Using either N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) or serum as the only(More)
Fungal dimorphism is the capacity of certain species of fungi to grow in the form of budding yeasts or mycelium depending on the environmental conditions. This characteristic is a complex phenomenon that involves modifications of the molecular machinery in response to different environmental signals. Through the use of microarrays, in this work we(More)
Plants and fungi use light and other signals to regulate development, growth, and metabolism. The fruiting bodies of the fungus Phycomyces blakesleeanus are single cells that react to environmental cues, including light, but the mechanisms are largely unknown [1]. The related fungus Mucor circinelloides is an opportunistic human pathogen that changes its(More)
Fungal dimorphism is important for survival in different environments and has been related to virulence. The ascomycete Yarrowia lipolytica can grow as yeast, pseudomycelial or mycelial forms. We have used a Y. lipolytica parental strain and a Deltahoy1 mutant, which is unable to form hypha, to set up a model for dimorphism and to characterize in more depth(More)
The cell walls of the yeast and mycelial forms of Yarrowia lipolytica were isolated and purified. Electron microscopy studies showed no differences between both types of cell walls. Chemical analysis revealed that the yeast cell wall contained 70% neutral carbohydrate, 7% amino sugars, 15% protein, 5% lipids and 0.8% phosphorus. Mycelial cell walls(More)
Diclofenac sodium is a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug that inhibits filamentation in Candida albicans. Here we examined the effect of diclofenac sodium on hypha formation in C. albicans. The C. albicans cells were treated with various concentrations of diclofenac sodium (50, 100, 200 and 500microg/ml) and incubated at 37 degrees C for 2h. The(More)
In the absence of steroid receptors and any known mechanism of gene regulation by steroid hormones in Candida albicans, we did a genome-wide analysis of C. albicans cells treated with progesterone using Eurogentec cDNA microarrays to find the complete repertoire of steroid responsive genes. Northern blotting analysis was employed to validate the genes that(More)