Alejandro Néstor Mentaberry

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Partial genomic sequences from an unknown garlic potyvirus and from an onion isolate of the onion yellow dwarf potyvirus (OYDV) were obtained. Comparison of the deduced amino acid sequences showed a similarity of 88% between the respective viral coat proteins. The garlic potyvirus coat protein was expressed inE. coli cells, purified, and subjected to(More)
Human epidermal growth factor (hEGF) was expressed in Nicotiana plants using integrative and non-integrative systems. Nuclear transformation was carried out using genetic constructs that allow hEGF accumulation into the cytoplasmic or apoplastic spaces. Protein level did not exceed 0.00001% of total soluble protein in the cytoplasm, but reached values of up(More)
Chloroplast transformation has many potential advantages for the production of recombinant proteins in plants. However, it has been reported that heterologous protein accumulation in chloroplasts could be hindered by post-transcriptional mechanisms not yet characterized. Here, we describe the development and characterization of transplastomic tobacco plants(More)
Antibodies raised to a mixture of the 46 and 48 kDa rat CNS 2',3'-cyclic nucleotide 3-phosphodiesterases (CNPs) recognized apparently identical proteins in peripheral nervous system (PNS), thymus, and circulating blood lymphocytes. These antibodies were used to identify, in a rat brain phage lambda gt11 expression library, cDNA clones encoding(More)
The complete cDNA sequence corresponding to the genomic RNA of a South American strain of potato virus X (PVXc) is reported. The sequence (6432 nucleotides) contains five open reading frames coding for polypeptides with molecular weights of 165.3, 24.3, 12.3, 7.6 and 25.0 and displays an overall homology of 77.4% with those previously reported for two(More)
The movement protein (MP) TGBp1 of the potexvirus Potato virus X (PVX) is a multifunctional protein required for cell-to-cell movement within the host plant. Recent work on other plant viruses has indicated that MP phosphorylation by host kinases can regulate MP function. In this study, we demonstrate that recombinant and native TGBp1 are phosphorylated by(More)
A good candidate antigen to create a therapeutic vaccine against TB is the ESAT-6 protein. Antigens produced in plants have already been successfully used as experimental vaccines, and small single-stranded RNA plant viruses have emerged as promising tools to rapidly express large amounts of foreign proteins in susceptible host plants. Here, we present the(More)
Agriculture is facing a major challenge nowadays: to increase crop production for food and energy while preserving ecosystem functioning and soil quality. Argentine Pampas is one of the main world producers of crops and one of the main adopters of conservation agriculture. Changes in soil chemical and physical properties of Pampas soils due to different(More)
The transfection paradigm described herein can be used to investigate the functional properties of individual nervous system proteins in ways that have not been explored before. In particular, observations on the "structural" proteins of myelin are being made that have already yielded certain unique insights into the physiologic properties of these(More)
Peripheral nervous system (PNS) and central nervous system (CNS) rodent myelins, which are produced by different cell types, share common morphological and functional characteristics although their major integral membrane proteins are completely different. Both types of myelin however, contain sets of four myelin basic proteins (MBPs), which share similar(More)