Jorge M. Pizarro

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Rotavirus single-shelled particles have several enzymatic activities that are involved with the synthesis of capped mRNAs both in vivo and in vitro. Because single-shelled particles must be structurally intact to carry out transcription, it has proven to be difficult to identify the protein within such particles that possesses associated RNA polymerase(More)
Rotaviruses transcribe mRNA containing a 7mGpppGmp cap at the 5' end in vitro. Guanylyltransferase activity associated with the viral particle was detected by SDS-PAGE due to the formation of a nucleotide-enzyme complex when the virus was incubated with [alpha-32P]GTP. Using purified viral particles it was shown that only the core polypeptide VP3 exhibits(More)
Rotavirus are segmented double stranded RNA viruses with a double protein capsid around a central core. The virus replicates in the cell cytoplasm. After infection, eleven mRNAs are transcribed from the viral genome. To characterize further the infection cycle, viral polypeptide synthesis and RNA replication were studied using labelled precursors. The(More)
The phenotype of the rotavirus SA-11 mutant tsB carrying a thermosensitive mutation in gene 3, which encodes VP3, was characterized further from both infected cells and purified viral particles. The mutant phenotype was initially identified as negative for in vivo double- and single-stranded RNA synthesis. Our results show that the in vitro transcriptional(More)
The effects of several nucleoside and nucleoside triphosphate analogues were studied on rotavirus replication and transcription. Nucleoside triphosphate analogues modified at sugar residues were capable of inhibiting in vitro transcription, including adenosine-9-beta-D-arabinofuranoside 5'-triphosphate, 3'-deoxyadenosine 5'-triphosphate, adenosine(More)
The structural relationship between VP6 (inner capsid polypeptide) and the viral core was studied using chemical cross-linking with dithiobis(succinimidyl propionate). Crosslinked single shelled and reconstituted rotavirus particles, suggest the existence of a complex organization of VP6 molecules in the inner capsid and a direct interaction with the core(More)
Human rotavirus isolates from 1100 stool samples were analyzed by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and 48 different migration patterns were detected. Heterogeneity in the migration of segment 10 was observed in both long and short electropherotypes in which three long and two short patterns were identified. In spite of these variations all short and long(More)
Electroencephalography (EEG) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) provide insight into neuronal processes in the brain in a real-time scale. Brain activity can be modeled in terms of a source distribution found by solving the bioelectromagnetic inverse problem, e.g. using linear source reconstruction methods. Such methods are particularly suitable to be used on(More)
A synthetic oligodeoxynucleotide corresponding to a region of the nucleocapside gene (N) of respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), was used as a DNA probe to develop a nonradioactive hybridization assay for the detection of RSV. The probe was labeled by incorporation of biotin-7-dATP to the 3' end by a reaction catalyzed by terminal deoxynucleotydil(More)
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