Marjorie Alvarez

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Competitive PCR is a highly sensitive method for specific DNA quantification. Despite the lack of studies related to the accuracy of the method it has been widely used. Here we present a simulation model for competitive PCR, which takes into account the efficiency decay as a linear relationship of the total product yield. The model helped us to study the(More)
The MYC protooncogene is associated with the pathogenesis of most human neoplasia. Conversely, its experimental inactivation elicits oncogene addiction. Besides constituting a formidable therapeutic target, MYC also has an essential function in normal physiology, thus creating the need for context-specific targeting strategies. The analysis of(More)
Intussusceptive capillary growth represents a new principle for microvascular growth as described in the lungs of growing rats. According to this concept, the capillary network expands by the formation of slender transcapillary tissue pillars, which give rise to new vascular meshes. The process was first observed in Mercox casts of the lung(More)
The extreme dependence on external oxygen supply observed in animals causes major clinical problems and several diseases are related to low oxygen tension in tissues. The vast majority of the animals do not produce oxygen but a few exceptions have shown that photosynthetic capacity is physiologically compatible with animal life. Such symbiotic(More)
Knockout models have shown that the coagulation system has a role in vascular development and angiogenesis. Herein, we report for the first time that zymogen FX and its active form (FXa) possess anti-angiogenic properties. Both the recombinant FX and FXa inhibit angiogenesis in vitro using endothelial EA.hy926 and human umbilical cord vascular endothelial(More)
2-Methoxyestradiol (2ME), an endogenous metabolite of 17β-estradiol, has been previously reported to possess antiangiogenic and antitumor properties. Herein, we demonstrate that the effects of this antiangiogenic steroid can be readily assayed in live zebrafish, introducing a convenient and robust new model system as a screening tool for both single cell(More)
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