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Human epidermal growth factor ͑hEGF͒ was expressed in Nicotiana plants using integrative and non-integrative systems. Nuclear transformation was carried out using genetic constructs that allow hEGF accumulation into the cytoplasmic or apoplastic spaces. Protein level did not exceed 0.00001% of total soluble protein in the cyto-plasm, but reached values of(More)
This work describes the development of a novel protein expression system based on Rachiplusia nu larvae for the production of the recombinant E2 protein to be used as a vaccine candidate against bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV). A recombinant baculovirus (Ac-E2pol+) bearing the E2 glycoprotein coding sequence of BVDV was obtained. Fourth-instar R. nu(More)
A good candidate antigen to create a therapeutic vaccine against TB is the ESAT-6 protein. Antigens produced in plants have already been successfully used as experimental vaccines, and small single-stranded RNA plant viruses have emerged as promising tools to rapidly express large amounts of foreign proteins in susceptible host plants. Here, we present the(More)
BACKGROUND Modified Vaccinia Ankara (MVA) is an attenuated strain of Vaccinia virus (VACV) currently employed in many clinical trials against HIV/AIDS and other diseases. MVA still retains genes involved in host immune response evasion, enabling its optimization by removing some of them. The aim of this study was to evaluate cellular immune responses (CIR)(More)
Punta Lara is located in the Río de la Plata estuary near industrial areas contaminated mainly by organic pollutants. In this work, the responses and status of hepatic biomarkers were studied in juvenile carp (Cyprinus carpio) by means of a 21-day field exposure in cages and collection of juvenile native fish (Leporinus obtusidens) at Punta Lara. The(More)
The HIV epidemic in Argentina is characterized by the high prevalence of infections caused by subtype B and BF variants. In this study, the Nef protein was used as a tool to study the impact of HIV-1 BF variants in the design of future vaccines. DNA and MVA vectors expressing Nef of the CRF12_BF recombinant form of HIV-1 were generated and characterized.(More)
Tobacco plants were transformed with the open reading frame 3 gene from Potato virus X (PVX) coding for the p12 protein. Although the transgenic plants exhibited a normal morphological aspect, microscopic examination revealed extensive alterations in leaf tissue structure. After being challenged with PVX, the transgenic plants showed resistance to PVX(More)
The ability of a recombinant baculovirus containing the ectodomain of the mature sequence of glycoprotein D (gD) fused to the amino-terminus of baculoviral glycoprotein gp64 to display gD on its surface and to serve as an improved immunogen against bovine herpesvirus-1 was tested. The gD-gp64 fusion protein was correctly expressed on the virus particles as(More)
Bovine herpesvirus-1 (BoHV-1) infection is distributed worldwide and the development of new tools to fight against this pathogen has become extremely important. In this work a recombinant modified vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA) vector expressing the secreted version of glycoprotein D, MVA-gDs, was obtained and evaluated as a candidate vaccine. First, the(More)
Modified Vaccinia virus Ankara (MVA) constitutes a good candidate for the development of non-replicative expression viral vectors because it does not replicate in most of mammalian cells. It is essential, for the production of recombinant MVA, the availability of transfer vectors which allow the introduction of desired genes into non-essential regions for(More)