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In several rhizobia, bacteria that inhabit the soil in free-living conditions and associate in symbiosis with the root of legumes as nitrogen-fixing organisms, plasmid DNA can constitute a high percentage of the genome. We have characterized acid-tolerant isolates of rhizobia-here represented by the strain Rhizobium sp. LPU83-that have an extended(More)
The aim of this work was to study the effect of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) on fetal kidneys. The IUGR was induced by uteroplacental vessels ligature in a model of pregnant rabbit. We centralized the study in the gene expression of essential proteins for fetal kidney development and kidney protection against hypoxia, osmotic stress, and kidney(More)
Rhizobia are Gram-negative bacteria that live in soils and associate with leguminous plants to establish nitrogen-fixing symbioses. The ability of these bacteria to undergo horizontal gene transfer (HGT) is thought to be one of the main features to explain both the origin of their symbiotic life-style and the plasticity and dynamics of their genomes. In our(More)
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is the most cultivated forage legume for cattle and animal feeding, occupying about 32 million hectares over the world. Management of the N₂-fixing symbiosis of this plant to maximize crop production is therefore an important objective. A fundamental constraint to this aim emerges when a moderately low soil pH hampers the(More)
Non-immune neonates and non-immune pregnant women are at risk of developing rubella, measles and mumps infections, including congenital rubella syndrome. We describe the seroepidemiology of measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) in neonates and pregnant women in Catalonia (Spain). Anti-rubella, anti-measles and anti-mumps serum IgG titres were assessed using(More)
OBJECTIVES To explore the opinion of general practitioners on the importance and legitimacy of sources of influence on medical practice. METHODS General practitioners (n=723) assigned to Primary Care Teams (PCTs) in two Spanish regions were randomly selected to participate in this study. A self administered questionnaire was sent by mail and collected by(More)
The induction of root nodules by the majority of rhizobia has a strict requirement for the secretion of symbiosis-specific lipochitooligosaccharides (nodulation factors [NFs]). The nature of the chemical substitution on the NFs depends on the particular rhizobium and contributes to the host specificity imparted by the NFs. We present here a description of(More)
We approached the identification of Ensifer (Sinorhizobium) meliloti conjugal functions by random Tn5-B13 mutagenesis of the pSmeLPU88a plasmid of E. meliloti strain LPU88 and the subsequent selection of those mutants that had lost the ability to mobilize the small plasmid pSmeLPU88b. The Tn5-B13-insertion site of one of the mutants was cloned as an(More)
The Escherichia coli RNA polymerase bound to phage phi 29 DNA has been visualized by electron microscopy. Thirteen specific binding sites have been observed at 1.7,2.6,5.5,10.4,13.7,25.2,25.7,26.3,33.5,59.5,69.2,91.7 and 99.6 DNA length units and they have been named A1,A1I,A1II,A1III,A1IV,A2,A2I, A3, A4,B1,B1I,C1 and C2, respectively. The binding sites(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this prospective randomized controlled study was to investigate the effects of continuous venovenous hemofiltration on the hemodynamics and respiratory function of critically ill trauma patients with multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. METHODS Thirty consecutive critically ill, mechanically ventilated, trauma patients with multiple(More)