Peggy Elizabeth Alvarez

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Kinetics of facilitated ion transport through planar bilayer membranes are normally analyzed by electrical conductance methods. The additional use of electrical relaxation techniques, such as voltage jump, is necessary to evaluate individual rate constants. Although electrochemical impedance spectroscopy is recognized as the most powerful of the available(More)
In this paper we study the interactions of two biomolecules (ascorbic acid and Annonacin) with a bilayer lipid membrane. Egg yolk phosphatidylcholine (eggPC) liposomes (in crystalline liquid state) were prepared in solutions of ascorbic acid (AA) at different concentration levels. On the other hand, liposomes were doped with Annonacin (Ann), a(More)
We analyzed the pathogenicity of chitin synthetase (chs) disruptants of Ustilago maydis obtained with the carboxin-resistant or the hygromycin-resistant cassettes. We found that only chitin synthetase (chs) mutants obtained by gene disruption with the carboxin resistance cassette lost their virulence to maize (Zea mays) seedlings. Carboxin is a systemic(More)
Fragile mutants of Saccharomyces cerevisiae require osmotic stabilizers and lyse in hypotonic solutions. A single recessive mutation, srb1, is responsible for their phenotype, but the cause of cell lysis remains uncertain. We have analyzed three possible mechanisms for this behavior: comparative amounts of wall per cell; their chitin content; and the(More)
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