Magda de Eguileor

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Parthenotes have been proposed as a source of embryonic stem cells but they lack the centriole which is inherited through the sperm in all mammalian species, except for rodents. We investigated the centrosome of parthenotes and parthenogenetic embryonic stem cells using parthenogenetic and biparental pig pre-implantation embryos, human and pig(More)
A desmin-like protein of mol wt 54 kDa was identified in the body wall muscles of some Polychaeta, Oligochaeta, and Hirudinea utilizing SDS-PAGE followed by blot and screening with a vertebrate anti-desmin antibody. The pattern in immunofluorescence is compared to electron micrographs where several bundles of filamentous structures are clearly identifiable.(More)
The fine structure of leech body wall muscles, has been analysed under great length variations. All the measurable parameters of the fibre (distance between thick filaments, sarcomere and A band width, percentage of actin crowns around myosin filaments, fibre radius) at different elongations were tested with equations describing the geometrical model of(More)
At the moment of parasitization by another insect, the host Heliothis larva is able to defend itself by the activation of humoral and cellular defenses characterized by unusual reactions of hemocytes in response to external stimuli. Here, we have combined light and electron microscopy, staining reactions, and immunocytochemical characterization to analyze(More)
Brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) belongs to neurotrophin family, a class of molecules playing key roles in neuronal development, survival and regeneration, neurite growth and plasticity: memory processes are mainly affected, and mutations of the human BDNF gene are associated to cognitive and behavioural disturbances. All neurotrophins contain a(More)
Carbon nanotubes (CNTs) have been extensively investigated and employed for industrial use because of their peculiar physical properties, which make them ideal for many industrial applications. However, rapid growth of CNT employment raises concerns about the potential risks and toxicities for public health, environment, and workers associated with the(More)
Adult skeletal muscle in vertebrates contains myoendothelial cells that express both myogenic and endothelial markers, and which are able to differentiate into myogenic cells to contribute to muscle regeneration. In spite of intensive research efforts, numerous questions remain regarding the role of cytokine signalling on myoendothelial cell differentiation(More)
Allograft inflammatory factor-1 (AIF-1) is a 17-kDa cytokine-inducible calcium-binding protein that, in vertebrates, plays an important role in the allograft immune response. Its expression is mostly limited to the monocyte/macrophage lineage. Until recently, AIF-1 was assumed to be a novel molecule involved in inflammatory responses. To clarify this(More)
BACKGROUND The stimulation to differentiate into specific cell types for somatic stem cells is largely due to a series of internal and external signals coming from the microenvironment that surrounds the stem cell. Even though intensive research has been made, the basic mechanisms of plasticity and/or the molecules regulating stem cells proliferation and(More)
The recent widespread applications of nanomaterials, because of their properties, opens new scenarios that affect their dispersal in the environment. In particular multiwall carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs), despite their qualities, seem to be harmful for animals and humans. To evaluate possible toxic effects caused by carbon nanotube environmental dispersion,(More)