Gabriela Calamante

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Human epidermal growth factor (hEGF) 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 cytoplasm, but reached values of up(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)
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)
As a step towards developing a safe and effective edible vaccine against Newcastle disease virus (NDV), we have explored the use of plants genetically engineered to express viral proteins. We report the construction of transgenic potato plants expressing the genes coding for immunogenic proteins of NDV under the regulation of CaMV 35S promoter and its(More)
The p24 protein, one of the three proteins implicated in local movement of potato virus X (PVX), was expressed in transgenic tobacco plants (Nicotiana tabacum Xanthi D8 NN). Plants with the highest level of p24 accumulation exhibited a stunted and slightly chlorotic phenotype. These transgenic plants facilitate the cell-to-cell movement of a mutant of PVX(More)
Orf virus (ORFV) is the etiological agent of contagious ecthyma (CE), a pustular dermatitis of sheep and goats. Outbreaks of ORFV have been observed in all geographical regions of the world, including Argentina. The origin and identity of Argentinian ORFVs are unknown, and no comparative or phylogenetic studies of these viruses have been performed. In this(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)
Antigen presenting cells (APC) are among the most important cells of the immune system since they link the innate and the adaptative immune responses, directing the type of immune response to be elicited. To modulate the immune response in immune preventing or treating therapies, gene delivery into immunocompetent cells could be used. However, APC are very(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)