Melisa del Barrio

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There is a lack of commercially available efficient and autonomous systems capable of continuous monitoring of (bio)chemical data for clinical, environmental, food, or industrial samples. The weakest link in the design of these systems is the (bio)chemical receptor (bCR). The bCR should have transducer ability, the recognition event should be a single(More)
Upon near-infrared excitation Tm(3+)+Yb(3+) doped fluorohafnate glasses present upconversion properties and emit visible light. This property permits to use these glasses (UCG) as excitation sources for fluorescent optical biosensors. Taking this into account, in this work a fluorescent biosensor for glucose determination is designed and evaluated. The(More)
We report on upconverting luminescent nanoparticles (UCLNPs) that are spectrally tuned such that their emission matches the absorption bands of the two most important species associated with enzymatic redox reactions. The core-shell UCLNPs consist of a β-NaYF4 core doped with Yb(3+)/Tm(3+) ions and a shell of pure β-NaYF4. Upon 980 nm excitation, they(More)
A partial cDNA encoding most of the third intracellular loop of the chicken alpha 1b adrenergic receptor subtype, obtained by reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) techniques using degenerate primers derived from mammalian sequences, was used to isolate an alpha 1b adrenergic receptor cDNA from brain. The cDNA encodes a potential protein(More)
An antigen-delivery system based on hybrid virus-like particles (VLPs) formed by the self-assembly of the capsid VP2 protein of canine parvovirus (CPV) and expressing foreign peptides was investigated. In this report, we have studied the effects of inserting the poliovirus C3:B epitope in the four loops and the C terminus of the CPV VP2 on the particle(More)
An antigen delivery system based on hybrid recombinant parvovirus-like particles (VLPs) formed by the self-assembly of the capsid VP2 protein of porcine (PPV) or canine parvovirus (CPV) expressed in insect cells with the baculovirus system has been developed. PPV:VLPs containing a CD8(+) epitope from the LCMV nucleoprotein evoked a potent CTL response and(More)
Ingestion of the parasitic nematode Anisakis simplex in undercooked fish can cause severe allergic reactions in some individuals. Using pooled human sera from sensitized patients we have probed an expression library for A. simplex antigens. One positive clone was found to encode a full length 21 kDa protein with strong homology to nematode troponins. The(More)
A new approach for the design of a fluorometric biosensor for continuous monitoring of glucose levels in biological samples based on near-infrared (NIR) excitation is described. The sensor combines the fluorescence of the enzyme glucose oxidase (GOx) chemically modified with a fluorescein derivative (FS) and the luminescent properties of upconverting(More)
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