Matías Mateu

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In this work, we provide evidence of a mechanism to reinforce the strength of an icosahedral virus by using its genomic DNA as a structural element. The mechanical properties of individual empty capsids and DNA-containing virions of the minute virus of mice are investigated by using atomic force microscopy. The stiffness of the empty capsid is found to be(More)
The contribution of almost each amino acid side chain to the thermodynamic stability of the tetramerization domain (residues 326-353) of human p53 has been quantitated using 25 mutants with single-residue truncations to alanine (or glycine). Truncation of either Leu344 or Leu348 buried at the tetramer interface, but not of any other residue, led to the(More)
We present an investigation of water menisci confined in closed geometries by studying the structural effects of their capillary forces on viruses during the final stage of desiccation. We used individual particles of the bacteriophage phi29 and the minute virus of mice. In both cases the genomic DNA was ejected from the capsid. However, although the(More)
We developed an EBGM-based algorithm that successfully implements face recognition under constrained conditions. A suitable adaptation of the Gabor filters was found through a power spectral analisys (PSD) of the face images. We outperformed the best-known implementations of the EBGM algorithm in the FERET database. The results are comparable with those of(More)
Phragmites australis is a common wetland plant species worldwide and best known in North America as a persistent invasive species. Only in recent decades was a native lineage, Phragmites australis subsp. americanus, confirmed in North American wetlands. This study investigated whether the two lineages support unique microbial communities in the rhizosphere.(More)
We have analyzed the folding pathway of the tetramerization domain of the tumor suppressor protein p53. Structures of transition states were determined from phi-values for 25 mutations, including leucine to norvaline, and the analysis encompassed nearly every residue in the domain. Denatured monomers fold and dimerize, through a transition state with little(More)
We have measured the stability and stoichiometry of variants of the human p53 tetramerization domain to assess the effects of mutation on homo- and hetero-oligomerization. The residues chosen for mutation were those in the hydrophobic core that we had previously found to be critical for its stability but are not conserved in human p73 or p51 or in(More)
Adaptation of the techniques of classical physical-organic chemistry to the study of protein folding has led to our current detailed understanding of the transition states. Here, we have applied a series of structure--activity relationships to analyse the effects on protein folding transition states of 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE), a reagent that is usually(More)
Electrostatics is one of the fundamental driving forces of the interaction between biomolecules in solution. In particular, the recognition events between viruses and host cells are dominated by both specific and non-specific interactions and the electric charge of viral particles determines the electrostatic force component of the latter. Here we probe the(More)