Augusto González-Canto

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Cutinases are versatile carboxylic ester hydrolases with great potential in many biocatalytic processes, including biodiesel production. Genome sequence analysis of the model organism Aspergillus nidulans reveals four genes encoding putative cutinases. In this work, we purified and identified for the first time a cutinase (ANCUT2) produced by A. nidulans.(More)
We have examined the role of inflammatory cells, ischemia and serum complement on the development of acute experimental amoebic liver abscess in hamsters (AEALAH). In hamsters made leukopenic by whole body radiation (800 rad) and daily intraperitoneal glycogen injections, the absence of inflammatory cells and liver tissue damage surrounding the parasites(More)
Pediococcus acidilactici ATCC 8042 is a lactic acid bacteria that inhibits pathogenic microorganisms such as Staphylococcus aureus through the production of two proteins with lytic activity, one of 110 kDa and the other of 99 kDa. The 99-kDa one has high homology to a putative peptidoglycan hydrolase (PGH) enzyme reported in the genome of P. acidilactici(More)
Axenic trophozoites of Entamoeba histolytica strain HM1-IMSS grown in vitro in the presence of E-64, a potent irreversible inhibitor of cysteine proteinases, preserved their viability, their rate of replication, their resistance to complement, their haemolytic capacity and their ability to destroy target cells, despite complete inhibition of total cysteine(More)
Amebic cysteine protease 2 (EhCP2) was purified from ethyl ether extracts of axenically grown trophozoites of Entamoeba histolytica strain HM1-IMSS. The purification procedure involved molecular filtration and electroelution. Sequence analysis of the purified product revealed EhCP2 and ubiquitin(s). Electrophoretic migration patterns, isoelectric point(More)
We have purified Gal/GalNAc lectin from Entamoeba histolytica by electroelution. The purified protein was used to immunize rabbits and obtain polyclonal IgG's anti-lectin. These antibodies were used as tools to analyze the expression and localization of the amoebic lectin in both virulent (vEh) and non-virulent (nvEh) variants of axenically cultured(More)
Biochemical characterization of purified ANCUT2 cutinase from Aspergillus nidulans is described. The identified amino acid sequence differs from that predicted in Aspergillus genomic databases in amino acids not relevant for catalysis. The enzyme is thermo-alkaline, showing its maximum activity at pH 9 and 60 °C, and it retains more than 60% of its initial(More)
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