Amalia Alcón Domínguez

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Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is one of the most important infectious diseases in the intensive care unit (ICU). In some series the attributable mortality of VAP may reach 30%, and the adequacy of the initial empirical treatment greatly influences the prognosis. Treatment failure can be anticipated in approximately 30 to 40% of patients developing(More)
Mannan from Sacharomyces cerevisiae was activated by oxidation with NaIO(4) (sodium m-periodate) and further linked to SOD (superoxide dismutase) via reductive alkylation with NaBH(4) (sodium borohydride). The glycosidated enzyme contained an average of 1.2 mol of polysaccharide per mol of protein and retained 52% of its initial activity. The modified(More)
When Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCYC 86, an inositol dependent strain, is grown at suboptimal concentrations of inositol, the buds are apparently unable to separate from the parent cells. Thin sections of such cells show an irregularly thickened cell wall. These morphological features may be due to a continuation or increase in the production of glucan while(More)
The addition of inositol to starved cells of Saccharomyces cerevisiae NCYC 86 resulted in an initiation of growth. Inositol was incorporated into phosphatidyl-inositol and after a lag period RNA was the first macromolecule with a rate of synthesis departing from the rate observed in deprived cells. Pulse chase experiments showed that inositol was first(More)
O-carboxymethylchitin (molecular weight = 1.07 x 10(5), degree of carboxymethylation = 80%, degree of N-acetylation = 91%) was chemically attached to superoxide dismutase by the formation of amide linkages through a carbodiimide catalyzed reaction. The glycosidated enzyme contained about 1.8 mole of polysaccharide per mole of protein and retained 57% of the(More)
Callogenesis was induced from Stylosanthes guianensis (Aubl.) Sw. cv. CIAT-184 hypocotyl explants cultured in the presence of different concentrations of NaCl. Whereas calluses formed at 50 mM NaCl did not show significant changes, concentrations in the range of 100–250 mM NaCl influenced callus formation and survival. The concentrations which reduced the(More)
Mannan and carboxymethylcellulose, previously activated by periodate oxidation, were grafted with mono-6-butylenediamino-6-deoxy-beta-cyclodextrin derivatives by reductive alkylation in the presence of sodium borohydride. The formation of supramolecular complexes between these polymers and Naproxen was confirmed by fluorescence spectroscopy. The solubility(More)
The four temperature-sensitive mutants of Saccharomyces cerevisiae in the cell division cycle defective in cytokinesis (cdc, 3, 10, 11 and 12), have been analyzed with respect to the biosynthesis of the cell wall polymers. After 3 hours of incubation at the non-permissive temperature (37 degrees C) these strains stop growing. The synthesis of glucan, mannan(More)