Patricia Rico

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The molecular diversity of Pelargonium flower break virus (PFBV) was assessed using a collection of isolates from different geographical origins, hosts, and collecting times. The genomic region examined was 1,828 nucleotides (nt) long and comprised the coding sequences for the movement (p7 and p12) and the coat (CP) proteins, as well as flanking segments(More)
The influence of surface chemistry-substrates with controlled surface density of -OH groups-on fibronectin (FN) conformation and distribution is directly observed by atomic force microscopy (AFM). FN fibrillogenesis, which is known to be a process triggered by interaction with integrins, is shown in our case to be induced by the substrate (in absence of(More)
Immunohistochemical methods were used for the detection of the amyloid P component in the microfibrils of two regions: the zonule of the eye and the connective tissue of the foot pad in 20- to 50-gm mice. Following fixation by immersion in 4% formaldehyde, the eyes and foot pads were embedded in paraffin, and sections were immunostained for light microscopy(More)
The association of fibronectin with the microfibrils of connective tissue was examined in the zonular fibers of the mouse eye by immunohistochemical methods at the light and electron microscopic level. Mouse eyes fixed in formaldehyde were embedded either in paraffin for immunostaining by the peroxidase-antiperoxidase (PAP) method or in Lowicryl for(More)
Fibronectin (FN) is a ubiquitous extracellular matrix protein (ECM) protein that is organized into fibrillar networks by cells through an integrin-mediated process that involves contractile forces. This assembly allows for the unfolding of the FN molecule, exposing cryptic domains that are not available in the native globular FN structure and activating(More)
Phase separation of PLLA/PS (50/50, w/w) solutions during a spin-casting process gives rise to well-defined nanotopographies of 14, 29 and 45 nm deep pits depending on the concentration of the solution. Their influence on the biological activity of fibronectin (FN) was investigated. FN adsorption was quantified by radiolabelling the protein. The amount of(More)
BACKGROUND The cell-material interaction is a complex bi-directional and dynamic process that mimics to a certain extent the natural interactions of cells with the extracellular matrix. Cells tend to adhere and rearrange adsorbed extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins on the material surface in a fibril-like pattern. Afterwards, the ECM undergoes proteolytic(More)
Fibronectin (FN) assembles into fibrillar networks by cells through an integrin-dependent mechanism. We have recently shown that simple FN adsorption onto poly(ethyl acrylate) surfaces (PEA), but not control polymer (poly(methyl acrylate), PMA), also triggered FN organization into a physiological fibrillar network. FN fibrils exhibited enhanced biological(More)
Cells behave differently between bidimensional (2D) and tridimensional (3D) environments. While most of the in vitro cultures are 2D, most of the in vivo extracellular matrices are 3D, which encourages the development of more relevant culture conditions, seeking to provide more physiological models for biomedicine (e.g., cancer, drug discovery and tissue(More)
PURPOSE It is known that surface nanotopography influences cell adhesion and differentiation. Our aim is to analyze the effect of nanoscale topography on fibronectin adsorption and, afterwards, on cell adhesion in order to rationalize the cell-material interaction by focusing on the state of the intermediate layer of adsorbed fibronectin at the material(More)