Rafael Cases

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The core antenna complexes of photosystem II, CP43 and CP47, were purified from two higher plants by anion-exchange chromatography, using a combination of the chaotropic agent LiClO4 and the nonionic detergent beta-dodecyl maltoside. The Qy transition was resolved at 48 K into two main bands near 682.3 and 671.5 nm for CP43, while the CP47 spectrum showed a(More)
Although not as widespread as Ir-192, Co-60 is also available on afterloading equipment devoted to high dose rate brachytherapy, mainly addressed to the treatment of gynaecological lesions. The purpose of this study is to obtain the dosimetric parameters of the Co-60 source used by the BEBIG MultiSource remote afterloader (BEBIG GmbH, Germany) for which(More)
Incubation of the D1-D2-cytochrome b559 complex with Triton X-100 modified the protein secondary structure, caused significant spectral modifications, and reduced the formation of light-induced spin-polarized triplet electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR) signal. After 24 h of incubation, the absorption spectrum shifted from 675.5 to 671.5 nm and the(More)
In clinical brachytherapy dosimetry, a detailed dose rate distribution of the radioactive source in water is needed in order to plan for quality treatment. Two Cs-137 sources are considered in this study; the Radiation Therapy Resources 67-800 source (Radiation Therapy Resources Inc., Valencia, CA) and the 3M model 6500/6D6C source. A complete dosimetric(More)
A comparative study on the effect of excess copper (Cu) supplied through leaves and root treatments in soybean plants is presented. Although Cu was accumulated in leaves upon both treatments, important differences were observed between Cu treatment of leaves and Cu supplementation in hydroponic medium. The application of 50 μM CuSO4 on leaves increased(More)
Fur proteins are global regulators present in all prokaryotes. In Anabaena sp. PCC 7120 FurA controls iron uptake and modulates an important set of genes related primarily to photosynthesis, nitrogen metabolism and oxidative stress defense. Expression of furA is tuned by the cis-acting antisense alpha-furA RNA that is co-transcribed with the outer-membrane(More)
Whereas efficient and sensitive nanoheaters and nanothermometers are demanding tools in modern bio- and nanomedicine, joining both features in a single nanoparticle still remains a real challenge, despite the recent progress achieved, most of it within the last year. Here we demonstrate a successful realization of this challenge. The heating is magnetically(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)
The ANTARES Collaboration proposes to construct a large area water Cherenkov detector in the deep Mediterranean Sea, optimised for the detection of muons from high-energy astrophysical neutrinos. This paper presents the scientific motivation for building such a device, along with a review of the technical issues involved in its design and construction. The(More)
The influence of excess copper on soybean photosynthetic cell suspensions was investigated. The cell suspensions grew well in the presence of 5-20 μM CuSO4 and developed tolerance to even higher levels of CuSO4 (i.e., up to 50 μM), indicating that copper was not toxic to the cells at that high concentrations. Cuadapted cell suspensions grew faster than the(More)