Miguel A Ramírez

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We report the complete 6,530,228-bp genome sequence of the symbiotic nitrogen fixing bacterium Rhizobium etli. Six large plasmids comprise one-third of the total genome size. The chromosome encodes most functions necessary for cell growth, whereas few essential genes or complete metabolic pathways are located in plasmids. Chromosomal synteny is disrupted by(More)
One of the best-studied examples of host-virus coevolution is the release of myxoma virus (MV) for biological control of European rabbits in Australia and Europe. To investigate the genetic basis of MV adaptation to its new host, we sequenced the genome of 6918, an attenuated Spanish field strain, and compared it with that of Lausanne, the strain originally(More)
The long-term developmental and behavioral consequences of mammalian embryo culture are unknown. By altering the culture medium with the addition of FCS, we wanted to determine whether mouse embryos cultured under suboptimal conditions develop aberrant mRNA expression of imprinting genes at the blastocyst stage and whether fetal development, growth, and(More)
Genetic and environmental factors produce different levels of DNA damage in spermatozoa. Usually, DNA-fragmented spermatozoa (DFS) are used with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) treatments in human reproduction, and use of DFS is still a matter of concern. The purpose of the present study was to investigate the long-term consequences on development(More)
Rapid and efficient tag removal remains a significant problem in recombinant protein purification. Using an engineered DnaE intein from Nostoc punctiforme, we developed a split intein mediated ultra-rapid purification (SIRP) method for the purification of tagless recombinant protein from E. coli lysate in less than 1 h. This system exhibits extraordinarily(More)
This study examined the static response of Spermatozoa DNA Fragmentation (SDF) after sex selection in bulls using a MoFlo(®) SX (Beckman Coulter, Miami FL) spermatozoa sorter to produce three different subpopulations: 1) Spermatozoa bearing X- chromosomes with a purity of 95%, 2) Spermatozoa bearing Y-chromosomes with a purity of 95%, and 3) non-viable(More)
The bovine-porcine species barrier to bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) infection was explored by generating transgenic mouse lines expressing the porcine prion protein (PrP) gene. All of the porcine transgenic (poTg) mice showed clinical signs of BSE after intracerebral inoculation with a high-titer BSE inoculum. The protease-resistant PrP (PrP(res))(More)
Here, we report the development and further characterisation of a novel PrP-specific monoclonal antibody: 2A11. By Western blot analysis, 2A11 reacts with PrPC from a variety of species including cow, sheep, pig, hamster, rabbit, cat, dog, deer and mouse but fails to react with human, chicken and turtle PrP. Reactivity to PrPC in Western blot was found to(More)
During the preimplantation period, in vitro cultured males have a higher metabolic rate, different gene expression, and grow faster than females. It has been suggested that under some stress conditions male embryos are more vulnerable than females; however, the biological fragility of male embryos is little understood. Since many forms of stress result in(More)
In this work we show evidence of mother-to-offspring transmission in a transgenic mouse line expressing bovine PrP (boTg) experimentally infected by intracerebral administration of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) prions. PrP(res) was detected in brains of newborns from infected mothers only when mating was allowed near to the clinical stage of(More)