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Meningitis and sepsis caused by serogroup B meningococcus are two severe diseases that still cause significant mortality. To date there is no universal vaccine that prevents these diseases. In this work, five antigens discovered by reverse vaccinology were expressed in a form suitable for large-scale manufacturing and formulated with adjuvants suitable for(More)
Pollen tube growth depends on the differential distribution of organelles and vesicles along the tube. The role of microtubules in organelle movement is uncertain, mainly because information at the molecular level is limited. In an effort to understand the molecular basis of microtubule-based movement, we isolated from tobacco pollen tubes polypeptides that(More)
We recently reported the involvement of the ubiquitin pathway in microgametophyte development, and a direct role for the 26S proteasome in regulating pollen tube emergence in kiwifruit. Here we show that the ubiquitin/proteasome proteolytic pathway is involved not only in early kiwifruit pollen tube organisation, but also in maintaining polarised growth of(More)
Trivalent chromium has previously been found to effectively inhibit kiwifruit pollen tube emergence and elongation in vitro. In the present study, a photometric measure of increases in tube wall production during germination showed that 25 and 50 mum CrCl(3) treatment induced a substantial reduction in levels of polysaccharides in walls over those in(More)
The pharmacological potential of Aloe arborescens Miller leaf components was investigated, with special attention deserved to immune modulatory effects on the Sparus aurata fibroblast cell line SAF-1. The cells were treated with Aloe extract at different concentrations (1.2-4.8 mg ml(-1)) for various times (24-72 h). The lowest concentration did not provoke(More)
Natural products (NPs) are secondary metabolites produced and used by organisms for defending or adapting purposes. These molecules were naturally selected during thousands of years to improve the specificity and cover a very wide range of functions, depending on the origin, the habitat and the specific activity carried out in the organism of origin. Due to(More)
CONTEXT Fitzroya cupressoides (Molina) I. M. Johnst. and Austrocedrus chilensis (D. Don) Pic.Serm. & Bizzarri are two Chilean Cupressaceae that are naturally resistant to biodegradation. Secondary metabolites from these species display a variety of biological activities. OBJECTIVE To evaluate the antiproliferative activity of two lignans, a diterpene and(More)
Total lipids (TL) (2.1%), more than half of which were glycolipids (GL) (1.3%), and neutral lipids (NL) (0.54%) and phospholipids (PL) (0.26%) were isolated from the air-dried aerial part of Scutellaria ramosissima. The principal acids of the NL were 16:0, 18:2, and 18:3. Acid 16:0 (up to 40 mass% of the acids) dominated the glycolipids. Palmitic and(More)
Herbicides are chemical compounds widely used in agriculture. As their intensive application is becoming a cause of environmental pollution, detailed and more sophisticated investigations are needed to understand better their consequences at the biological level. After herbicides are dispersed in the fields, they establish chemical interactions with both(More)
MTT assays showed an intense antiproliferative activity (80%) of Aloe arborescens leaf skin extracts tested on murine myeloma cells. Bioassay-guided fractionation carried out by TLC allowed the identification of a spot showing antiproliferative activity; HPLC and NMR investigations showed that the TLC spot consisted of aloenin A and aloins A and B. The(More)