Máximo B. Martínez

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Entamoeba histolytica, a protozoan intestinal parasite, is the causative agent of human amebiasis. Amebiasis is the fourth leading cause of death and the third leading cause of morbidity due to protozoan infections worldwide, resulting in ∼70,000 deaths annually. E. histolytica has been listed by the National Institutes of Health as a category B priority(More)
The Entamoeba histolytica EhrabB gene encodes for a Rab GTPase involved in phagocytosis. It is located at a virulence locus where the Ehcp112 gene is in the complementary strand at 332 bp of EhrabB start codon, suggesting a finely regulated transcription of both genes. However, the transcription regulation in this parasite is poorly understood. To initiate(More)
Entamoeba histolytica is an intestinal protozoan parasite that causes amoebiasis in humans, affecting up to 50 million people worldwide each year and causing 40,000 to 100,000 deaths annually. EhCP112 is a cysteine proteinase of E. histolytica able to disrupt cell monolayers and digest extracellular matrix proteins, it is secreted by trophozoites and it can(More)
The effect of the administration of a commercial preparation of human gamma globulins has been evaluated in a mouse model of intranasal infection with BCG. First, we demonstrated the passage of specific antibodies to saliva and lung lavage following the intranasal or intraperitoneal administration to mice of human gamma globulins. This treatment of mice(More)
EhCPADH is an immunogenic, heterodimeric protein that is formed by EhCP112 (cysteine protease) and EhADH112 (adhesin), polypeptides involved in Entamoeba histolytica's cytopathic effect, target-cell adherence and phagocytosis. The EhCPADH complex is located in the plasma membrane and cytoplasmic vacuoles. Here, the independent expression of EhCP112 and(More)
Infections with influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) rank high among the most common human respiratory diseases worldwide. Previously, we developed a replication-incompetent influenza virus by replacing the coding sequence of the PB2 gene, which encodes one of the viral RNA polymerase subunits, with that of a reporter gene. Here, we generated a(More)
DNA vaccines are promising tools to fight parasitic diseases, including amoebiasis caused by the protozoan Entamoeba histolytica. Here we studied the immunogenicity and protective efficacy of a DNA vaccine against this parasite composed by the EhCPADH surface complex encoding genes (Ehcp112 and Ehadh112). EhCPADH is formed by an adhesin (EhADH112) and a(More)
Several antigens from Entamoeba histolytica the agent causing human amoebiasis have been identified as potential vaccine candidates. One of them is the EhADH112 adhesin, which plays an important role during trophozoite adherence to and phagocytosis of target cells. We report here the expression of the EhADH112 carboxy-terminus of the gene (Adh240) in tomato(More)
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