Ester Vilaprinyó

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We have developed an assay based on rice embryogenic callus for rapid functional characterization of metabolic genes. We validated the assay using a selection of well-characterized genes with known functions in the carotenoid biosynthesis pathway, allowing rapid visual screening of callus phenotypes based on tissue color. We then used the system to identify(More)
The one-size-fits-all paradigm in organized screening of breast cancer is shifting towards a personalized approach. The present study has two objectives: 1) To perform an economic evaluation and to assess the harm-benefit ratios of screening strategies that vary in their intensity and interval ages based on breast cancer risk; and 2) To estimate the gain in(More)
There is a renewed interest in obtaining a systemic understanding of metabolism, gene expression and signal transduction processes, driven by the recent research focus on Systems Biology. From a biotechnological point of view, such a systemic understanding of how a biological system is designed to work can facilitate the rational manipulation of specific(More)
BACKGROUND Model organisms are used for research because they provide a framework on which to develop and optimize methods that facilitate and standardize analysis. Such organisms should be representative of the living beings for which they are to serve as proxy. However, in practice, a model organism is often selected ad hoc, and without considering its(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the budgetary impact of switching from screen-film mammography to full-field digital mammography in a population-based breast cancer screening program. METHODS A discrete-event simulation model was built to reproduce the breast cancer screening process (biennial mammographic screening of women aged 50 to 69 years) combined with the(More)
There is a flood of molecular data about many aspects of cellular functioning. This data ranges from sequence and structural data to gene and protein regulation data, including time dependent changes in the concentration. Integration of the different datasets through computational methods is required to extract biological information that is relevant from a(More)
Cooperative and saturable systems are common in molecular biology. Nevertheless, common canonical formalisms for kinetic modeling that are theoretically well justified do not have a saturable form. Modeling and fitting data from saturable systems are widely done using Hill-like equations. In practice, there is no theoretical justification for the(More)
BACKGROUND During the last part of the 1990s the chance of surviving breast cancer increased. Changes in survival functions reflect a mixture of effects. Both, the introduction of adjuvant treatments and early screening with mammography played a role in the decline in mortality. Evaluating the contribution of these interventions using mathematical models(More)
Cells are natural factories that can adapt to changes in external conditions. Their adaptive responses to specific stress situations are a result of evolution. In theory, many alternative sets of coordinated changes in the activity of the enzymes of each pathway could allow for an appropriate adaptive readjustment of metabolism in response to stress.(More)
Most aspects of molecular biology can be understood in terms of biological design principles. These principles can be loosely defined as qualitative and quantitative features that emerge in evolution and recur more frequently than one would expect by chance alone in biological systems that perform a given type of process or function. Furthermore, such(More)