Alejandro Aragón Zavala

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The patterns of synonymous codon choices of the completely sequenced genome of the bacterium Chlamydia trachomatis were analysed. We found that the most important source of variation among the genes results from whether the sequence is located on the leading or lagging strand of replication, resulting in an over representation of G or C, respectively. This(More)
The huge variation in the genomic guanine plus cytosine content (GC%) among prokar-yotes has been explained by two mutually exclusive hypotheses, namely, selectionist and neutralist. The former proposals have in common the assumption that this feature is a form of adaptation to some ecological or physiological condition. On the other hand, the neutralist(More)
Two years ago, we showed that positive correlations between optimal growth temperature (T(opt)) and genome GC are observed in 15 out of the 20 families of prokaryotes we analyzed, thus indicating that "T(opt) is one of the factors that influence genomic GC in prokaryotes". Our results were disputed, but these criticisms were demonstrated to be mistaken and(More)
In unicellular species codon usage is determined by mutational biases and natural selection. Among prokaryotes, the influence of these factors is different if the genome is skewed towards AT or GC, since in AT-rich organisms translational selection is absent. On the other hand, in AT-rich unicellular eukaryotes the two factors are present. In order to(More)
It is widely accepted that the compositional pressure is the only factor shaping codon usage in unicellular species displaying extremely biased genomic compositions. This seems to be the case in the prokaryotes Mycoplasma capricolum, Rickettsia prowasekii and Borrelia burgdorferi (GC-poor), and in Micrococcus luteus (GC-rich). However, in the GC-poor(More)
In this paper, the main factors shaping codon usage in three species of fishes that belong to the family Cyprinidae (namely Brachidanio rerio, Cyprinus carpio, and Carassius auratus) are reported. Correspondence analysis (COA), a commonly used multivariate statistical approach, was used to analyze codon usage bias. Our results show that the main trend is(More)
We have analyzed the patterns of synonymous codon preferences of the nuclear genes of Plasmodium falciparum, a unicellular parasite characterized by an extremely GC-poor genome. When all genes are considered, codon usage is strongly biased toward A and T in third codon positions, as expected, but multivariate statistical analysis detects a major trend among(More)
This paper analyses the compositional correlations that hold in the chicken genome. Significant linear correlations were found among the regions studied—coding sequences (and their first, second, and third codon positions), flanking regions (5′ and 3′), and introns—as is the case in the human genome. We found that these compositional correlations are not(More)
In prokaryotes, GC levels range from 25% to 75%, and Topt from approximately 0 degrees C to >100 degrees C. When all species are considered together, no correlation is found between the two variables. Correlations are found, however, when Families of prokaryotes are analysed. Indeed, when Families comprising at least 10 species were studied (a set of 20(More)
In recent years considerable attention has been devoted to the merging of radio frequency and optical fiber technologies aiming to the distribution of millimeter-wave (mm-wave) signals. This effort has given birth to the field of Radio over Fiber (RoF) technologies and systems. This sort of systems have a great potential to support secure, cost-effective,(More)