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To allow the survival of the population in the absence of nitrogen, some cyanobacteria strains have developed the capability of differentiating into nitrogen fixing cells, forming a characteristic pattern. In this paper, the process by which cyanobacteria differentiates from vegetative cells into heterocysts in the absence of nitrogen and the elements of(More)
This paper focuses on the prediction of the dimensionless retention time of proteins (DRT) in hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC) by means of mathematical models based, essentially, only on aminoacidic composition. The results show that such prediction is indeed possible. Our main contribution was the design of models that predict the DRT using the(More)
α-Tocopherol, ubiquinone-10 and ubiquinol-10 have been studied by high resolution magic angle samples spinning 13C-nuclear magnetic resonance in egg yolk phosphatidylcholine multilamellar vesicles model membranes in order to assess their location and the induced perturbations on this model system. α-Tocopherol is placed in such a position that it is in(More)
We studied whether thymidylate synthase (TS) genotype has an independent prognostic/predictive impact on a European population of advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) patients receiving pemetrexed. Twenty-five patients treated with pemetrexed-based regimens were included. Genomic DNA was isolated prior to treatment. The variable number of tandem(More)
Breast cancer is the most frequent cancer type among women in the world. There is abundant evidence, that alterations in the breast cancer susceptibility genes, BRCA1 and BRCA2, are present in a large proportion of families with multiple cases of breast and ovarian cancer. Our aim was to better understand the molecular and structural insights associated(More)
Pharmacogenetics is an increasingly useful field where the genetic studies are becoming an important tool for predicting drug toxicity and/or efficacy. Thymidylate synthase (TS) and dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) gene polymorphisms could be highly informative tools in the clinical handling of colorectal cancer patients, who are following(More)
We have analyzed several members of drug-metabolizing enzymes (DMEs) and other polymorphisms in genes implicated in tumor aggressivity regarding possible links between specific genetic variability in systemic drug bioavailability and toxicity in breast cancer patients treated with adjuvant anthracycline-based treatment. PCR-RFLP and sequencing analyses(More)
This paper gives a summary of different aspects for predicting protein behaviour in hydrophobic interaction chromatography (HIC). First, a brief description of HIC, hydrophobic interactions, amino acid and protein hydrophobicity is presented. After that, several factors affecting protein chromatographic behaviour in HIC are described. Finally, different(More)
The present study describes an optimized method for isolating peripheral blood circulating tumor cells (CTCs) and performing KRAS mutation analysis. The approach combines isolation of peripheral blood mononuclear cells and immuno-magnetic labeling with CD45 and CD326 human microbeads with KRAS analysis performed with a Therascreen KRAS kit by quantitative(More)
Iron is essential for the maintenance of basic cellular processes. In the regulation of its cellular levels, ferritin acts as the main intracellular iron storage protein. In this work we present a mathematical model for the dynamics of iron storage in ferritin during the process of intestinal iron absorption. A set of differential equations were established(More)