Armando Casas

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Resistance to antibiotics mediated by selectable marker genes remains a powerful selection tool for transgenic event production. However, regulatory agencies and consumer concerns favor these to be eliminated from food crops. Several excision systems exist but none have been optimized or shown to be functional for clonally propagated crops. The excision of(More)
. The exogenously stimulated formation of intracellularly generated protoporphyrin IX, a precursor of haem, is becoming one of the fastest developing areas in the field of photodynamic therapy (PDT). We tested the action of several free radical scavengers, amino acids, antioxidants and sulphur-containing compounds as protectors from photodamage induced by(More)
Tubulin was measured through [3H]colchicine-binding in membrane and soluble components of chick retinal subcellular fractions. Total tubulin content was concentrated in the synaptosomal and rod outer segment fractions. Although in total retinal homogenate only 20% of total tubulin was associated to the membrane, in synaptosomes and photoreceptor outer(More)
In this work we have studied the effects of ALA-mediated photodynamic therapy (PDT) on resting and mitogen-activated murine splenic lymphocytes, evaluating its impact on cell viability. We have also characterised the stress response, measuring the levels of antioxidant enzymes. A 2 h exposure to ALA produced 50% lethality upon irradiation of activated cells(More)
The involvement of arachidonic acid metabolism in cyclosporin (CsA) nephrotoxicity depending on CsA vehicle has been explored in this study. For this purpose creatinine clearance, urinary excretion and renal levels of eicosanoids were measured in the following rat experimental groups: group I, control; group II, CsA was administered in olive oil by gavage(More)