María Cristina Añón

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Strawberry is a non-climateric fleshy fruit, which softens quickly and has short post-harvest life. Ripening is associated with an increment of pectin solubility and a reduction of the content of hemicelluloses. In this work, we have cloned the full-length cDNA encoding a β-xylosidase (FaXyl1) from Fragaria×ananassa and we have characterized its expression(More)
BACKGROUND Secretion of dietary antigens into breast milk has been extensively documented. The presence of these antigens is of relevance because they could be involved in the modulation of the immune response in neonates. The objective of this study is to determine the gliadin concentration in milk, colostrum, and serum samples from healthy lactating(More)
Because water solubility is the main hydration property of proteins, solubility values of commercial and laboratory soy protein isolates, prepared under different conditions, were comparatively analyzed. In contrast, the surface hydrophobicity manifested by proteins is a physicochemical property that determines, to a great extent, the tendency of protein(More)
The effects of freezing and storage in frozen conditions on bread quality, crumb properties, and aggregative behavior of glutenins were analyzed. The effect of different additives on bread quality was also studied. The results obtained showed that freezing and storage at -18 degrees C decreased the bread quality. Samples stored in frozen conditions(More)
One of the quality parameters of frozen meat is the amount of exudate which arises during thawing. The amount of drip obtained by centrifugation under standard conditions, and the protein composition of the exudate, has been correlated for different thermal histories. The results obtained show that the amount of exudate varies in relation to the time that(More)
Peroxidase (POX) from strawberry fruits was analyzed for its capacity to bleach chlorophyll. The partially purified enzyme preperation catalyzed the bleaching of chlorophylls and their derivatives in the presence of H(2)O(2) and phenolic compounds. The optimal reaction conditions were 35 degrees C, pH 5.2 and ionic strength equal to 0.2. The maximum(More)
The technological and sensory quality of pasta made from bread wheat flour substituted with wholemeal amaranth flour (Amaranthus mantegazzianus) at four levels, 15, 30, 40 and 50% w/w was investigated. The quality of the resulted pasta was compared to that of control pasta made from bread wheat flour. The flours were analyzed for chemical composition and(More)
Antibodies against food antigens are usually produced in healthy people. This humoral response can be detected both in serum and secretions. The characterization of this response can be useful for a better understanding of food-related immunological alterations. In this study, IgA and IgG antibodies specific to ovalbumin, beta-lactoglobulin or gliadin were(More)
The effect of exogenously applied gibberellic acid (GA3) on the postharvest color change of strawberry fruit was evaluated through their external color and surface color parameters. A significant delay on color evolution was observed in fruits treated with GA3. The evolution of activities of phenylalanine ammonia-lyase (PAL), chlorophyllase, and peroxidase(More)
The data presented in this work suggest that in human umbilical artery (HUA) smooth muscle cells, the Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCX) is active and working in the reverse mode. This supposition is based on the following results: (i) microfluorimetry in HUA smooth muscle cells in situ showed that a Ca(2+)-free extracellular solution diminished intracellular(More)