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Cytokinesis is a crucial event in the cell cycle of all living cells. In fungal cells, it requires co-ordinated contraction of an actomyosin ring and synthesis of both plasmatic membrane and a septum structure that will constitute the new cell wall end. Schizosaccharomyces pombe contains four essential putative (1,3)beta-d-glucan synthase catalytic(More)
Fungal cytokinesis requires the assembly of a dividing septum wall. In yeast, the septum has to be selectively digested during the critical cell separation process. Fission yeast cell wall α(1-3)glucan is essential, but nothing is known about its localization and function in the cell wall or about cooperation between the α- and β(1-3)glucan synthases Ags1(More)
Cytokinesis has been extensively studied in different models, but the role of the extracellular cell wall is less understood. Here we studied this process in fission yeast. The essential protein Bgs4 synthesizes the main cell wall β(1,3)glucan. We show that Bgs4-derived β(1,3)glucan is required for correct and stable actomyosin ring positioning in the cell(More)
Bispecific antibodies with specificity for CD3 and a tumor antigen can redirect cytolytic T cells to kill tumor targets, regardless of their natural specificity. To assess the clinical potential of bispecific antibodies for treatment of human cancers we have, in the present study, adapted a totally syngeneic mouse model to the targeting of mouse T cells(More)
In this study, we characterize proviral DNA of 20 HIV-1 asymptomatic antiretroviral-naive patients from Venezuela in env, gag, and pol genes regions. Results from both env/gag HMA subtyping and phylogenetic analysis of pol partial sequences led to the description of clade B in all cases. Nevertheless, the high prevalence of polymorphisms was particularly(More)
Three specific β(1,3)glucan synthase (GS) inhibitor families, papulacandins, acidic terpenoids, and echinocandins, have been analyzed in Schizosaccharomyces pombe wild-type and papulacandin-resistant cells and GS activities. Papulacandin and enfumafungin produced similar in vivo effects, different from that of echinocandins. Also, papulacandin was the(More)
Autosomal recessive congenital ichthyosis (ARCI) is a group of rare, clinically heterogeneous skin disorders that affect cornification. ARCI includes lamellar ichthyosis, congenital ichthyosiform erythroderma and harlequin ichthyosis. TGM1 mutations cause > 50% of ARCI cases in the USA. We report two siblings with ARCI. They were found to carry a novel(More)
The cDNA probe, Lmet2, was labelled with digoxigenin and used in a chemiluminescent system to detect fewer than 100 membrane-immobilized Leishmania parasites. The probe was found to hybridize primarily with members of the L. donovani complex but a slight cross-reaction was also observed with greater than 5 x 10(4) L. major. This cross-reaction was reduced(More)
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