Aida T Rodríguez

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We have studied the interaction of the isolated C-terminal domain of histone H1 with linear DNA using precipitation curves and electron microscopy. The C-terminal domain shows a salt-dependent transition towards cooperative binding, which reaches completion at 60 mM NaCl. At this salt concentration, the C-terminal domain binds to some of the DNA molecules,(More)
In this paper, we study the dependence of the Tm (melting temperature) of complexes formed between double-stranded deoxypolynucleotides and pure destabilizer nonspecific ligands on Kc (intrinsic association constant), nc (apparent site size), and wc (cooperativity constant). Using the Sequence Generating Function (SGF) method, we have found a simple,(More)
Studies were carried out as part of the Agriculture Biotechnology program, to prepare and characterize chemically and biologically different chitosans obtained from Cuban lobster chitin. Chitosan polymers were subjected to acid and enzymatic hydrolysis by using low-cost commercial enzymatic preparations, and the resulting oligosaccharide mixtures were(More)
In this paper we have studied the kinetics of psi-DNA structure formation induced by H1 and H1 peptides containing the C-terminal domain, namely the CTB peptide, obtained by thrombin digestion, and the CNBS peptide, derived from N-bromosuccinimide treatment of H1. The time course for the formation of the psi structure has been followed by measuring the(More)
Chitin is a biodegradable polymer widely spread in nature. It is mainly obtained form crustacean shells. Chitin and its derivatives have shown to be effective in controlling plagues and plants diseases. Their mechanism of action is strongly linked to their chemical structures. These mechanisms can result from the direct action on the pathogen or can be a(More)
We have studied the interactions of the high-mobility-group-like proteins (C1a1, C1a2 and C1b) from the fruit fly Ceratitis capitata with DNA. Nitrocellulose filter binding assays, thermal denaturation studies and spectrofluorimetry of the complexes revealed the existence of specific and nonspecific interactions. Thermal denaturation curves showed that the(More)
We have semiempirically studied the thermal denaturation profiles of complexes formed between double strand polynucleotides and pure stabilizer nonspecific binding ligands. By using the McGhee model (J. D. McGhee, (1976) Biopolymers 15, 1345-1375) we have found a simple, analytical relationship between the melting temperature (Tm) and the Kh (intrinsic(More)
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