Marcos Sebastián Dreon

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The site of synthesis of mollusc lipoproteins is hitherto unknown and was investigated for perivitellin 2 (PV2), an egg lipoprotein found in the freshwater snail Pomacea canaliculata. Tissues (albumen gland, gonad-digestive gland complex, and muscle) from vitellogenic females were incubated in vitro with 14C-leucine at 25 degrees C for 12 hr. At the end of(More)
Ovorubin and PV2 are the major lipoglycocarotenoproteins present in the perivitellus of the freshwater snail eggs of Pomacea canaliculata, a rapidly expanding rice field pest. We have previously characterized these two particles regarding their lipid and protein compositions, their synthesis and tissular distribution, and their contributions of energy and(More)
The site of synthesis of molluscs lipoproteins is little known and was investigated for the egg lipoprotein perivitellin 1 (PV1) or ovorubin in the freshwater snail Pomacea canaliculata. Tissues (albumen gland, gonad–digestive gland complex and muscle) of vitellogenic females were incubated in vitro at 25°C for 12 h with 14C Leucine. After that, soluble(More)
BACKGROUND Fieldwork has thoroughly established that most eggs are intensely predated. Among the few exceptions are the aerial egg clutches from the aquatic snail Pomacea canaliculata which have virtually no predators. Its defenses are advertised by the pigmented ovorubin perivitellin providing a conspicuous reddish coloration. The nature of the defense(More)
A novel role of ovorubin as a protection system against oxidative damage in eggs from Pomacea canaliculata was investigated. Carotenoid composition, and their antioxidant capacity, as well as the carotenoid-apoprotein interaction, were studied for this lipoglycocarotenoprotein. Carotenoid extracts from ovorubin were analysed by TLC and spectrophotometry.(More)
Ovorubin (OR) is the major perivitellin of the eggs of Pomacea canaliculata. The astaxanthin (ASX) binding and structural stability of OR were investigated by fluorescence spectroscopy and circular dichroism (CD). The apo-OR (without astaxanthin) shows a single, high affinity binding site for ASX (K(D)=0.5 microM). The quenching of tryptophan fluorescence(More)
Apple snail perivitellins are emerging as ecologically important reproductive proteins. To elucidate if the protective functions of the egg proteins of Pomacea canaliculata (Caenogastropoda, Ampullariidae), involved in embryo defenses, are present in other Pomacea species we studied scalarin (PsSC), the major perivitellin of Pomacea scalaris. Using small(More)
The ultrastructure of Proechinophthirus zumpti Werneck, 1955, mainly the external chorionic features of the egg, is described through electronic microscopy techniques. This species was first cited in Argentina, infesting Arctocephalus australis (Zimmermann, 1873). The morphological adaptations of adults and nymphs are described in both species of(More)
Hoplopleura auliscomydis n. sp. is described based on specimens collected from Auliscomys micropus (Waterhouse 1837), from Collń Curá, Neuquén Province, Argentina. Descriptions are provided for the holotype male, female, first nymphal instar, external architecture of eggs (by scanning electron microscopy), and sites of oviposition, providing differences(More)
Carotenoid-binding proteins are commonly found in invertebrates. Their carotenoids form non-covalent complexes with proteins giving tissues a variety of colors. In molluscs they have been described in only a few species. In particular, the egg perivitellin fluid of those Ampullariid species which deposit eggs above the waterline is provided with(More)