Alejandro Negrete

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Chromosomal rearrangements often occur at genomic loci with DNA secondary structures, such as common fragile sites (CFSs) and palindromic repeats. We developed assays in mammalian cells that revealed CFS-derived AT-rich sequences and inverted Alu repeats (Alu-IRs) are mitotic recombination hotspots, requiring the repair functions of carboxy-terminal binding(More)
When exposed to the nonmetabolized glucose derivative alpha methyl glucoside (αMG), both Escherichia coli K-12 (JM109 and MG1655) and E. coli B (BL21) respond by reducing the concentration of the mRNA of the ptsG gene which is responsible for the biosynthesis of the glucose transporter EIICB(glu). This occurs through the over-expression of the noncoding(More)
BACKGROUND The effect of high glucose concentration on the transcription levels of the small RNA SgrS and the messenger RNA ptsG, (encoding the glucose transporter IICBGlc), was studied in both E. coli K-12 (MG1655 and JM109) and E. coli B (BL21). It is known that the transcription level of sgrS increases when E. coli K-12 (MG1655 and JM109) is exposed to(More)
Recently, molecular screening for pathogenic agents has identified a partial genome of a novel parvovirus, called human bocavirus (HBoV). The presence of this newly described parvovirus correlated with upper and lower respiratory tract infections in children. Lower respiratory tract infections are a leading cause of hospital admission in children, and the(More)
To gain acceptance as a medical treatment, adeno-associated virus (AAV) vectors require a scalable and economical production method. Recent developments indicate that recombinant AAV (rAAV) production in insect cells is compatible with current good manufacturing practice production on an industrial scale. This platform can fully support development of rAAV(More)
BACKGROUND The versatility of recombinant adeno-associated vector (rAAV) as a gene delivery system is due to the vector's ability to transduce different cell types as well as dividing and non-dividing cells. Large-scale production of rAAV remains one of the major challenges for continued development of pre-clinical and clinical studies, and for its(More)
Individual deletions of acs and aceA genes in E. coli B (BL21) showed little difference in the metabolite accumulation patterns but deletion of the ackA gene alone or together with pta showed acetic acid gradually accumulated to 3.1 and 1.7 g/l, respectively, with a minimal extended lag in bacterial growth and a higher pyruvate formation. Single poxB(More)
The analysis of metabolic differences in bacterial strains is a useful tool for the development of strains with desired growth and production properties. Several methods are available for the evaluation and understanding of the differences: Biochemical methods to measure metabolites concentration and enzyme activity, mathematical methods to analyze(More)
Attenuated viruses, inactivated viruses and virus like particles (VLPs) are known to be efficient vaccines partially due to their particulate structure. A potential HIV vaccine candidate engineered as a VLP (HIV gag-VLP) and produced in insect cells is currently under preclinical trials demanding large amounts. Due to their extreme fragility and sensitivity(More)
The conventional methods for producing recombinant adeno-associated virus (rAAV) rely on transient transfection of adherent mammalian cells. To gain acceptance and achieve current good manufacturing process (cGMP) compliance, clinical grade rAAV production process should have the following qualities: simplicity, consistency, cost effectiveness, and(More)