María Del Carmen Navarro Rodríguez

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The ookinete surface proteins (P25 and P28) are proven antimalarial transmission-blocking vaccine targets, yet their biological functions are unknown. By using single (Sko) and double gene knock-out (Dko) Plasmodium berghei parasites, we show that P25 and P28 share multiple functions during ookinete/oocyst development. In the midgut of mosquitoes, the(More)
An improved method for the electrotransformation of Lactobacillus plantarum CECT 220 (ATCC 8014) with plasmid DNA isolated from Escherichia coli is described. The two main modifications with respect to existing methods are: (i) isolation of plasmid DNA from E. coli JM110 grown in minimal medium and (ii) in vitro modification of the DNA by cell-free extracts(More)
The LH/CG receptor is a member of the family of G protein-coupled receptors and consists of a large N-terminal extracellular domain (which is responsible for binding hormone) attached to a region that spans the plasma membrane seven times, ending with an intracellularly located C-terminus. Binding of LH or human CG (hCG) to the LH/CG receptor causes a(More)
The polymorphism of Pvs25 and Pvs28 ookinete surface proteins, their association to circumsporozoite protein repeat (CSPr) genotypes (Vk210 and Vk247) and their infectivity to local Anopheles albimanus and Anopheles pseudopunctipennis were investigated in Plasmodium vivax-infected blood samples obtained from patients in Southern Mexico. The pvs25 and pvs28(More)
Porcine fatty acid composition is a key factor for quality and nutritive value of pork. Several QTLs for fatty acid composition have been reported in diverse fat tissues. The results obtained so far seem to point out different genetic control of fatty acid composition conditional on the fat deposits. Those studies have been conducted using simple approaches(More)
Three morphologically different pupal phenotypes (green, striped, brown) were selected from a parent strain of Anopheles albimanus Wiedemann collected from the Suchiate region in the state of Chiapas, Mexico. Significant differences in susceptibility to coindigenous Plasmodium vivax Grassi & Feletti were observed when striped was compared with the parent(More)
Two strains of Oenococcus oeni, RS1 (which carries the plasmid pRS1) and RS2 (which carries the plasmids pRS2 and pRS3), were grown in the presence of different curing agents and at different temperatures. Sublethal temperature together with acriflavine generated all possible types of cured strains, i.e., lacking pRS1 (from strain RS1), and lacking pRS2,(More)
The mechanisms of Plasmodium spp. elimination in resistant mosquitoes are not completely understood. Some resistant anopheline strains are able to melanize Plasmodium spp. ookinetes in their midguts. Because quinoid compounds are potent catalysts for free radical generation and because these radicals can be generated in association with melanogenesis, it is(More)
The effect of a synthetic cecropin-like peptide, Shiva-3, on in vitro ookinete development and on the early sporogonic stages of Plasmodium berghei in the midgut of Anopheles albimanus was investigated. Peptide concentrations of 75 and 100 microM were effective (P < 0.05) in reducing ookinete production and the number of infected mosquitoes in almost all(More)
Previously reported techniques for the electrotransfer of foreign DNA into pediococci yield only a small number of transformants/mug DNA, especially when using undomesticated strains. This study reports an improved protocol for the electrotransformation of pediococci, based on trials using Pediococcus acidilactici P60 and the plasmid pRS4C1. The improved(More)