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Expression in transgenic plants is potentially one of the most economical systems for large-scale production of valuable peptide and protein products. However, the downstream processing of recombinant proteins produced in plants has not been extensively studied. In this work, we studied the extraction and purification of recombinant aprotinin, a protease(More)
The small heat shock proteins (smHSPs) belong to a family of proteins that function as molecular chaperones by preventing protein aggregation and are also known to contain a conserved region termed alpha-crystallin domain. Here, we report the expression, purification, and partial characterization of a novel smHSP (HSP17.9) from the phytopathogen Xylella(More)
The low efficiency of gene transfer is a recurrent problem in DNA vaccine development and gene therapy studies using non-viral vectors such as plasmid DNA (pDNA). This is mainly due to the fact that during their traffic to the target cell's nuclei, plasmid vectors must overcome a series of physical, enzymatic and diffusional barriers. The main objective of(More)
BACKGROUND Efficient delivery and expression of plasmids (pDNA) is a major concern in gene therapy and DNA vaccination using non-viral vectors. Besides the use of adjuvants, the pDNA vector itself can be designed to maximize survival in nuclease-rich environments. Homopurine-rich tracts in polyadenylation sequences have been previously shown to be(More)
A Real-Time PCR method was developed to monitor the plasmid copy number (PCN) in Escherichia coli and Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells. E. coli was transformed with plasmids containing a ColE1 or p15A origin of replication and CHO cells were transfected with a ColE1 derived plasmid used in DNA vaccination and carrying the green fluorescent protein (GFP)(More)
The Xylella fastidiosa genome program generated a large number of gene sequences that belong to pathogenicity, virulence and adaptation categories from this important plant pathogen. One of these genes (XF1729) encodes a protein similar to a superfamily of aldo-keto reductase together with a number of structurally and functionally related NADPH-dependent(More)
The OxyR oxidative stress transcriptional regulator is a DNA-binding protein that belongs to the LysR-type transcriptional regulators (LTTR) family. It has the ability to sense oxidative species inside the cell and to trigger the cell's response, activating the transcription of genes involved in scavenging oxidative species. In the present study, we have(More)
To evaluate the process parameters for the production of plasmid DNA/cationic liposome (pDNA/CL) complexes in microfluidic systems, we studied two microfluidic devices: one with simple straight hydrodynamic flow focusing (SMD) and a second one with barriers in the mixing microchannel (patterned walls, PMD). A conventional bulk mixing method was used as a(More)
The ability to isolate sc (supercoiled) pDNA (plasmid DNA) isoform should be one of the features of a pDNA purification process, eliminating sample contaminants such as RNA, gDNA (genomic DNA), proteins and endotoxins. A process is described that uses a single histidine-agarose chromatography step to purify sc pDNA from other isoforms and Escherichia coli(More)
In this study, an efficient expression system, based on the pET32Xa/LIC vector, for producing a Xylella fastidiosa virulence-associated protein D, found to have a strong similarity to Riemerella anatipestifer and Actinobacillus actinomycetencomitans VapD protein, is presented. The protein has a molecular mass of 17.637 Da and a calculated pI of 5.49. The(More)