Israel Rojas

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Variations, such as nucleotide substitutions, deletions and insertions, within genes can affect the function of the gene product and in some cases be deleterious. Screening for known allelic variation is important for determining disease and gene associations. Techniques which target specific mutations such as restriction enzyme polymorphism and(More)
Firstly described in 1992, the receptor for advanced glycation end-products has attracted increasing attention due to its diverse ligand repertoire and involvement in several pathophysiological processes associated with inflammation such as in diabetes, cancer, autoimmune diseases and neurodegenerative diseases. This receptor in addition to its binding(More)
Forty-six different species collected in the Mosetene ethnia, dwelling in the Andean Piedmont of Bolivia, were screened for antimalarial properties. Thirty-three extracts were screened for antimalarial activity in vitro on Plasmodium falciparum chloroquine resistant strain (Indo), and forty-seven extracts were evaluated in vivo on the rodent malaria P.(More)
Activity-guided fractionation of the smooth muscle relaxing, chloroform-methanol (1:1) extract of Conyza filaginoides (D.C.) Hieron (Asteraceae) led to the isolation of three flavonoids (quercetin 3-glucoside, rutin, and pinostrobin), one sterol (alpha-spinasterol), a sesquiterpenoid (beta-caryophyllene 4,5-alpha-oxide), and two triterpenoids (erythrodiol(More)
(-)-Roemrefidine, an aporphine alkaloid isolated from Sparattanthelium amazonum Martius (Hernandiaceae) a vine from Bolivia, has been found to be active against both resistant and sensitive strains of Plasmodium falciparum in vitro and against P. berghei in mice. The compound demonstrated no cytotoxic activity against three cell lines (KB, HEp-2 and HeLa).
Investigation of the lichen Parmotrema tinctorum led to the isolation of several known compounds. Among them, lecanorin (1), methyl-beta-orcinol carboxylate, methyl orsellinate, orcinol, and methyl haematommate (3) caused significant inhibition of the radicle growth and germination of seedlings of Amaranthus hypochondriacus and Echinochloa crusgalli. In(More)
To study the effect of Zn on the proliferative response of normal human lymphocytes, ZnCl2 at a final concentration of 10(-4) M was added to cultures of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) stimulated with concanavalin A (Con A) and to autologous mixed lymphocyte cultures of responder T lymphocytes and irradiated autologous non-T cells. Addition of Zn(More)
Thirty extracts of plants traditionally used by the Chacobos, a native community living in the Amazonian part of Bolivia, were screened in vitro and/or in vivo for antimalarial activity. Two of the four species designated as antimalarial, Geissospermum laeve and Maquira coriacea, displayed rather good activity, corroborating their traditional uses. However,(More)
Cells from innate immune system are activated by the engagement of germ-line encoded pattern-recognition receptors (PRRs) in response to the microbial insult. These receptors are able to recognize either the presence of highly conserved microbial components called pathogen-associated molecular patterns or endogenous danger-associated molecular patterns.(More)
In the rat oviduct, estradiol (E2) accelerates egg transport by a nongenomic action that requires previous conversion of E2 to methoxyestrogens via catechol-O-methyltranferase (COMT) and activation of estrogen receptor (ER) with subsequent production of cAMP and inositol triphosphate (IP3). However, the role of the different oviductal cellular phenotypes on(More)