Dolores V Vazquez

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By determining the composition in muropeptides of the murein of a number of strains of Escherichia coli, purified from cells at various states of growth, the sacculus was found to be considerably modified when cells stop active growth. Murein from resting cells becomes hypercross-linked and richer in covalently bound lipoprotein, whereas the mean length of(More)
INTRODUCTION The hyper-proliferative activity of stromal smooth muscle (SM) cells is believed to be responsible for the pathogenesis of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). We have observed that those stromal cells can differentiate into unrelated specialized cells. We thus hypothesize that stromal cells derived from adults prostate specimens may contain(More)
OBJECTIVES To compare elastin expression and elastic fibre width in the anterior vaginal wall of postmenopausal women with and with no bladder prolapse. PATIENTS AND METHODS Full-thickness specimens were obtained from the upper lateral anterior vaginal wall of women having a large cystocele repaired (stage III or IV; prolapse group, 33) and the same(More)
This communication deals with the location of penicillin-binding proteins in the cell envelope of Escherichia coli. For this purpose, bacterial cells have been broken by various procedures and their envelopes have been fractioned. To do so, inner (cytoplasmic) and outer membranes were separated by isopycnic centrifugation in sucrose gradients. Some(More)
This study deals with the interaction of nocardicin A with Escherichia coli penicillin-binding proteins. Competition experiments with two different isotopically labelled beta-lactams indicated that nocardicin A interacts with penicillin-binding proteins 1a, 1b, 2 and 4 in intact cells. Binding of nocardicin A to the penicillin-binding proteins was(More)
Four strains of Pseudomonas aeruginosa obtained from clinical isolates which are carbenicillin resistant were studied to find the cause(s) of resistance to this beta-lactam antibiotic. The electrophoresis patterns of the four strains (PH20610, PH20815, PH4011, and PH4301) were found to be different from those of a wild-type strain, P. aeruginosa NCTC 10662,(More)
BACKGROUND Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is characterized as a stromal process. The stroma smooth muscle (SM) may alter its phenotype during the progression of BPH. We have identified gene transcripts that may be differentially expressed in BPH using a differential display method. Among the fragments isolated, alpha(2) macroglobulin (alpha(2)-M) is one(More)
The consequences of the specific inhibition of penicillin binding proteins (Pbps) by beta-lactam antibiotics immediately before resumption of active growth in Escherichia coli suggest that inhibition of murein biosynthesis does not prevent the earlier steps of the initiation of cell growth in mass. The activity of Pbp 2 is apparently critical for the(More)
Inner and outer membranes of Escherichia coli were separated by isopycnic centrifugation in sucrose gradients and analyzed for the presence of penicillin-binding proteins. All penicillin-binding proteins--except penicillin-binding protein 3, which is found almost exclusively in the cytoplasmic membrane and is involved in septum formation--are also found in(More)
Nocardicin A and mecillinam are two beta-lactam antibiotics with poor bacteriolytic activity against Escherichia coli. However, the combined use of these drugs resulted in the induction of a fast lytic response in E. coli cells. For this cooperative effect to take place, the formation of a complex between penicillin-binding protein 2 and mecillinam is(More)