Blas Ali Sánchez

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The rates of resistance to erythromycin and clindamycin among Streptococcus agalactiae strains isolated in our hospital increased from 4.2 and 0.8% in 1993 to 17.4 and 12.1%, respectively, in 2001. Erythromycin resistance was mainly due to the presence of an Erm(B) methylase, while the M phenotype was detected in 3.8% of the strains. Telithromycin was very(More)
The Duffy binding protein of Plasmodium vivax (DBP) is a critical adhesion ligand that participates in merozoite invasion of human Duffy-positive erythrocytes. A small outbreak of P. vivax malaria, in a village located in a non-malarious area of Brazil, offered us an opportunity to investigate the DBP immune responses among individuals who had their first(More)
The accurate normalization of differentially expressed genes in lung cancer is essential for the identification of novel therapeutic targets and biomarkers by real time RT-PCR and microarrays. Although classical "housekeeping" genes, such as GAPDH, HPRT1, and beta-actin have been widely used in the past, their accuracy as reference genes for lung tissues(More)
The antimicrobial activities of tigecycline (GAR-936) were compared with those of other agents against 1,087 strains recently isolated in 12 Spanish medical centers. Tigecycline showed activity against a wide spectrum of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, including strains such as methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, coagulase-negative staphylococci,(More)
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES Duffy blood group is of major interest in clinical medicine as it is not only involved in blood-transfusion risks and occasionally in neonatal haemolytic disease, but it is also the receptor for the human malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax in the erythrocyte invasion. The aim of this study was to develop a rapid and inexpensive(More)
The activity of tigecycline was tested against erythromycin-resistant streptococci (107 Streptococcus pyogenes and 98 Streptococcus agalactiae strains). The presence of erythromycin and tetracycline resistance genes was determined by PCR. Among S. pyogenes strains the most prevalent gene was mef(A) (91.6%). The erm(B) gene was the most prevalent (65.3%)(More)
We conducted a prospective, randomized, open-label trial, comparing oral ofloxacin with intravenous imipenem-cilastatin for the treatment of chronic osteomyelitis in order to evaluate the efficacy and tolerance. Hospitalized patients with diagnosis of chronic osteomyelitis and isolation of susceptible organisms to ofloxacin and imipenem/cilastatin were(More)
The occurrence of ochratoxin A (OA) in paprika elaborated from peppers grown in several countries (Peru, Brazil, Zimbabwe and Spain) was studied, using an immunoaffinity clean-up column coupled to liquid chromatography and fluorescence detection. The preparation of the methyl ester (OA-Me) and liquid chromatography-electrospray-ion trap-mass spectrometry(More)
We describe the design, construction, and characterization of a scalable microfluidic platform that allows continuous monitoring of biofilm proliferation under shear stress conditions. Compared to other previous end-point assay studies, our platform offers the advantages of integration into multiple environments allowing simultaneous optical microscopy and(More)