Alicia Pérez

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We report the comparative proteomic and antivenomic characterization of the venoms of subspecies cascavella and collilineatus of the Brazilian tropical rattlesnake Crotalus durissus. The venom proteomes of C. d. collilineatus and C. d. cascavella comprise proteins in the range of 4-115 kDa belonging to 9 and 8 toxin families, respectively. Collilineatus and(More)
We describe two geographically differentiated venom phenotypes across the wide distribution range of Bothrops atrox, from the Colombian Magdalena Medio Valley through Puerto Ayacucho and El Paují, in the Venezuelan States of Amazonas and Orinoquia, respectively, and São Bento in the Brazilian State of Maranhão. Colombian and Venezuelan venoms show an(More)
We report the proteomic and antivenomic characterization of Crotalus tigris venom. This venom exhibits the highest lethality for mice among rattlesnakes and the simplest toxin proteome reported to date. The venom proteome of C. tigris comprises 7-8 gene products from 6 toxin families; the presynaptic β-neurotoxic heterodimeric PLA(2), Mojave toxin, and(More)
Little is known about innate immunity of neonates, particularly for very-preterm ones, which are more susceptible to immunologic damage due to their immature immune response. This cross-sectional, descriptive study in umbilical cord blood mononuclear cells describes the differences in innate immune response between 64 healthy neonates of different(More)
Understanding the processes that drive the evolution of snake venom is a topic of great research interest in molecular and evolutionary toxinology. Recent studies suggest that ontogenetic changes in venom composition are genetically controlled rather than environmentally induced. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying these changes remain elusive.(More)
This study evaluates the influence of different states of energy balance, positive and negative, on the accumulation and utilisation of energy reserves during the period of gonad development in the clam Ruditapes decussatus (L.). Our results show a clear sexual differentiation in the biochemical composition of the clams. The differences were associated with(More)
Although pineapple plants have been found to produce proteases ex vitro, most of the biotechnological investigations of this crop have been focused on propagation. The procedure involving the use of temporary immersion bioreactors is one of the most outstanding because of its high multiplication rate. We previously recorded specific protease activity in the(More)
The advances achieved in Natural Language Processing make it possible to automatically mine information from electronically created documents. Many Natural Language Processing methods that extract information from texts make use of annotated corpora, but these are scarce in the clinical domain due to legal and ethical issues. In this paper we present the(More)
OBJECTIVES The kinetics of three serological markers (IgM, IgA, and IgG) in serum, saliva, and urine samples from adult patients with primary or secondary dengue infection were studied. DESIGN Serum, saliva, and urine samples were collected from 22 patients with clinical and confirmed dengue 3 virus infection during the outbreak in Havana City in 2001.(More)
We carried out a longitudinal study to analyze the immune recovery of four patients with aggressive HIV-associated lymphoma (HIV+ Ly+) treated with highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and high-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (ASCT). We also studied three control non-HIV-infected patients with(More)