Germán R Pérez

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Molecular diagnostics based on reverse transcription (RT)-PCR are routinely complicated by the lack of stable internal controls, leading to falsely negative results. We describe a strategy to produce a stable competitive internal control (CIC) based on a Qbeta phage derivative (recombinant Qbeta [rQbeta]) bearing primers KY78 and KY80, which are widely used(More)
More than 170 human papillomavirus (HPV) types have been completely sequenced, curated and divided into five genera: Alphapapillomavirus, Betapapillomavirus, Gammapapillomavirus, Mupapillomavirus and Nupapillomavirus. With the application of PCR methods, hundreds of putative novel HPV types have been identified as PCR amplicons in mucosa and skin. However,(More)
Chikungunya Virus (CHIKV), a mosquito-transmitted alphavirus, causes acute fever and joint pain in humans. Recently, endemic CHIKV infection outbreaks have jeopardized public health in wider geographical regions. Here, we analyze the phylogenetic associations of CHIKV and explore the potential recombination events on 152 genomic isolates deposited in(More)
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) is the main oncogenic lymphotropic agent of the Herpesviridae family and is globally distributed. EBV acute infection occurs in young adults producing infectious mononucleosis. Detection of anti-viral capside antigen (VCA) antibodies indicates previous or present EBV infection. Moreover, high titles of anti-VCA antibodies are(More)
The protein content (N x 6.25) of the seeds of Erythrina edulis (balú) varies between 18-21%; when the fraction corresponding to non-protein nitrogen is extracted with trichloroacetic acid (10%), this value decreases to 14-15%. Remarkable differences in the distribution of the protein fractions are observed when two schemes of extraction are assayed. The(More)
Gammapapillomavirus (γ-PV) is a diverse and rapidly expanding genus, currently consisting of 79 fully characterized human PV (HPV) types. In this study, three novel types, HPV157, HPV158 and HPV205, obtained from healthy sun-exposed skin of two immunocompetent individuals, were amplified by the "Hanging droplet" long PCR technique, cloned, sequenced and(More)
Cyanobacteria are successful in diverse habitats due to their adaptation strategies. Their mechanisms to cope with individual stresses have been studied. However, the response to combined stress conditions as found in nature remains unclear. With this aim, we studied the dual effect of 24h-osmotic and 3h-UV irradiation on the cyanobacterium Calothrix BI22.(More)
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