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Keeping equal the initial power drawn (0.27 W l(-1)) in shake flasks and in a stirred fermentor did not reproduce the behaviour of alginate production by Azotobacter vinelandii. A lower mean molecular weight (1.1x10(6) Da) of the polymer was obtained in the bioreactor as compared to that obtained in shake flasks (1.9x10(6) Da). The reasons for this can(More)
A simple and accurate method for determining the distribution of sizes of single cells and aggregates of Azotobacter vinelandii by image analysis has been developed. A staining procedure using methylene blue helps to enhance the contrast between aggregates and background without altering aggregate size distribution. Sample dilution affected the distribution(More)
Malaria parasites have their Achilles' heel; they are vulnerable in small parts of their relevant molecules where they can be wounded and killed. These are sporozoite and merozoite protein conserved high activity binding peptides (cHABPs), playing a critical role in binding to and invasion of host cells (hepatocytes and erythrocytes, respectively). cHABPs(More)
Analysis of our Plasmodium falciparum malaria parasite peptides' 1H-NMR database in the search for H-bonds and π-interactions led us to correlate their presence or absence with a peptide's particular immunological behavior. It was concluded that a 26.5 ± 1.5 Å between positions 1 to 9 of the HLA-DRβ1* interacting region was necessary for proper docking of(More)
Biochemical, structural and single amino acid level analysis of 49 Plasmodium falciparum protein regions (13 sporozoite and 36 merozoite proteins) has highlighted the functional role of each conserved high activity binding peptide (cHABP) in cell host-microbe interaction, involving biological functions such as gliding motility, traversal activity, binding(More)
Granulicatella spp. is a bacteria of the oral cavity, belonging to the nutritionally variant group streptococci, and has been identified in 5% of all bacterial endocarditis. It's an important etiologic species in endocarditis, particularly in the setting of negative blood cultures. Granulicatella is a non-mobile, non- spore forming organism that is both(More)
A vaccine candidate component must fit perfectly into the antigen presenting HLA-DRβ* molecule's groove (or canonical nonapeptide) peptide binding region (PBR) during antigen presentation to the T-cell receptor (TCR), conforming a specific and stable macromolecular complex and induce an appropriate immune response. Antigen's peripheral flanking residues(More)
Studying proteins from the M. tuberculosis H37Rv envelop is important for understanding host-pathogen interaction regarding bacterial infection and survival within a host; such knowledge is indispensable regarding studies aimed at developing drugs or vaccines against tuberculosis, a disease which continues to cause more than one million deaths worldwide(More)
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