Iris Pereira

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Genetic species identification of non-invasively collected samples has become an important tool in ecological research, management and conservation and wildlife forensics. This is especially true for carnivores, due to their elusive nature, and is crucial when several ecologically and phylogenetically close species, with similar faeces, hairs, bones and/or(More)
The purpose of this study was to develop a biofertilizer based on filamentous nitrogen-fixing cyanobacteria selected from rice fields and to generate a technological package compatible with its use for the rice crop in Chile. Thirty-four Chilean rice fields, located between Maule and BioBío regions, were sampled during the 1998/1999 and 1999/2000 growing(More)
PURPOSE We evaluated the impact of WT1 mutations in isolated severe spermatogenic impairment in a population of European ancestry. WT1 was first identified as the gene responsible for Wilms tumor. It was later associated with a plethora of clinical phenotypes often accompanied by urogenital defects and male infertility. The recent finding of WT1 missense(More)
Lichens produce various unique chemicals that can be used for pharmaceutical purposes. To screen for novel lichen secondary metabolites showing inhibitory activity against lung cancer cell motility, we tested acetone extracts of 13 lichen samples collected in Chile. Physciosporin, isolated from Pseudocyphellaria coriacea (Hook f. & Taylor) D.J. Galloway &(More)
Large dam construction in water deficient areas is a management decision often controversial. Besides providing water storage, economical benefits, and a source of renewable energy, the construction and flooding caused by large dams cause disruptions in natural systems. We monitored the pre- and post-Alqueva dam impacts on the threatened carnivore species(More)
Sexual dimorphism in carnivores can result from, or induce, variations in diet and foraging behaviour between individuals of different sexes. Sex-driven behavioural changes in feeding habits may also result in a reduction in intraspecific competition for resources, avoiding dietary overlap by concentrating on different prey sizes/types. We therefore(More)
X-linked adrenal hypoplasia congenita typically manifests as primary adrenal insufficiency in the newborn age and hypogonadotropic hypogonadism in males, being caused by mutations in NR0B1 gene. We present the clinical and follow-up findings of two kindreds with NR0B1 mutations. The proband of kindred A had a diagnosis of primary adrenal insufficiency when(More)
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