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A gene encoding a globulin from a major taro (Colocasia esculenta L. Schott) corm protein family, tarin (G1, ca. 28 kDa) was isolated from a lambda Charon 35 library, using a cDNA derived from a highly abundant corm-specific mRNA, as probe. The gene, named tar1, and the corresponding cDNA were characterized and compared. No introns were found. The major(More)
Hepatic encephalopathy due to cirrhosis is frequently precipitated by exogenous factors, and the effectiveness of a specific treatment with neomycin sulfate has so far not been submitted to clinical trials. Over a period of five years, 102 cirrhotic patients developed hepatic encephalopathy at admission or during hospitalization, and 39 were randomized for(More)
Bean (Phaseolus vulgaris L.) mature embryos were transformed using biolistic methods with a plasmid containing 2S albumin and beta-glucuronidase structural sequences, both under the control of the 35S CaMV promoter. We have shown that chimaeric tissues could be obtained and that both structural sequences were expressed to similar levels.
Prosomes and heat shock protein (HSP) complexes isolated from the cytoplasm of Drosophila cells in culture were biochemically and immunologically characterized. The two complexes were found to separate on sucrose gradients, allowing the analysis of their protein constituents by two-dimensional polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and by reaction with anti-HSP(More)
Enzyme-inhibitor specificity was studied for alpha-amylases and their inhibitors. We purified and cloned the cDNAs of two different alpha-amylase inhibitors from the common bean (Phaseolus vulgaris) and have recently cloned the cDNA of an alpha-amylase of the Mexican bean weevil (Zabrotes subfasciatus), which is inhibited by alpha-amylase inhibitor 2 but(More)
A trypanosomatid with a choanomastigote stage and, therefore, belonging to the genus Crithidia, was isolated in culture from the alimentary tract of the hemipteran genus Zelus. The trypanosomatid was able to grow at 37 C, a characteristic reported to date from only 2 other members of Crithidia, C hutneri and C. luciliae thermophila. Subsequently, the(More)
The parameters influencing transient expression of the betaglucuronidase gene in bean embryonic axes, cotyledons, apical meristems and leaves were evaluated after gene delivery with an electrical particle acceleration device. A calciumspermidine procedure for coating gold particles with DNA resulted in higher levels of GUS expression with lower(More)
Gastrointestinal parasites are one of the biggest health problems faced in sheep, mainly due to their pathogenicity and resistance to drugs used to control these parasites. Thus, the following study aimed to assess the anthelmintic efficacy of Melaleuca alternifolia against Haemonchus contortus in gerbils (Meriones unguiculatus) experimentally infected.(More)
This study evaluated the in vitro antibacterial activity of essential oils from Lippia graveolens (Mexican oregano), Origanum vulgaris (oregano), Thymus vulgaris (thyme), Rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), Cymbopogon nardus (citronella), Cymbopogon citratus (lemongrass), and Eucalyptus citriodora (eucalyptus) against Escherichia coli (n = 22) strains(More)
The use of avian antibodies has aroused interest in biomedical research due to the numerous advantages compared to mammal's antibodies. Our study aimed to produce and purify IgY immunoglobulins in order to use as an alternative therapy against Trypanosoma evansi. Every 14 days, four New Hampshire chickens were immunized with trypomastigotes of T. evansi,(More)