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Inequalities satisfied by the zeros of the solutions of second order hypergeometric equations are derived through a systematic use of Liouville transformations together with the application of classical Sturm theorems. This systematic study allows us to improve previously known inequalities and to extend their range of validity as well as to discover(More)
In chromaffin cells, SNARE proteins, forming the basic exocytotic machinery are present in membrane clusters of 500-600 nm in diameter. These microdomains containing both SNAP-25 and syntaxin-1 are dynamic and the expression of altered forms of SNAREs modifies not only their motion but also the mobility of the associated granules. It is also clear that(More)
Lonomia achelous caterpillar, Lepidoptera distributed along some South American countries, induces a hemorrhagic syndrome in people who come into contact with its bristles. A clinical characteristic in these patients is that fresh healed wounds are re-opened and bleed. In order to explain this symptomatology, we evaluated the effect of Lonomin V (a protein(More)
The coral snake Micrurus tener tener (Mtt) from the Elapidae family inhabits the southwestern United States and produces severe cases of envenomations. Although the majority of Mtt venom components are neurotoxins and phospholipase A₂s, this study demonstrated, by SDS-PAGE and molecular exclusion chromatography (MEC), that these venoms also contain(More)
Lonomia achelous is a caterpillar distributed in southern Venezuela and in northern Brazil that causes an acute hemorrhagic syndrome in people who have contact with its bristles. The effect of the crude hemolymph and its chromatographic fractions (FDII, Lonomin V and Lonomin V-2) on extracellular matrix proteins was studied. The chromatographic fractions(More)
In Venezuela, Bothrops snakes are responsible for more than 80% of all recorded snakebites. This study focuses on the biological and hemostatic characteristics of Bothrops isabelae venom along with its comparative characteristics with two other closely related Bothrops venoms, Bothrops atrox and Bothrops colombiensis. Electrophoretic profiles of crude B.(More)
We have studied how the F-actin cytoskeleton is involved in establishing the heterogeneous intracellular Ca(2+) levels ([Ca(2+)](i)) and in the organization of the exocytotic machinery in cultured bovine chromaffin cells. Simultaneous confocal visualization of [Ca(2+)](i) and transmitted light studies of the cytoskeleton showed that, following cell(More)
Glucagon hormone is synthesized and released by pancreatic α-cells, one of the islet-cell types. This hormone, along with insulin, maintains blood glucose levels within the physiological range. Glucose stimulates glucagon release at low concentrations (hypoglycemia). However, the mechanisms involved in this secretion are still not completely clear. Here,(More)
This study describes micro-methods to determine biological parameters in plasma of three strains of mice. Platelet count was significantly different among strains. C57BL/6 mice showed the highest values (988 x 10(3)/microL) and BALB/c the lowest (782 x 10(3)/microL). Fibrinogen levels were 2.55 (C57BL/6), 2.37 (BALB/c) and 2.28 g/L (C3H/He). Some(More)