Roberto R Gil

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BACKGROUND AIMS Dendritic cells (DC) are increasingly being used as cellular vaccines to treat cancer and infectious diseases. While there have been some promising results in early clinical trials using DC-based vaccines, the inability to visualize non-invasively the location, migration and fate of cells once adoptively transferred into patients is often(More)
Bufonid toads of the genus Melanophryniscus represent one of several lineages of anurans with the ability to sequester alkaloids from dietary arthropods for chemical defense. The alkaloid profile for Melanophryniscus stelzneri from a location in the province of Córdoba, Argentina, changed significantly over a 10-year period, probably indicating changes in(More)
Fractionation of the methanol extract of Gnaphalium gaudichaudianum DC afforded one new and six known ent-pimarane diterpenes together with velutin, squalene and stigmasterol. The structure of the new compound was established on the basis of extensive 1D and 2D NMR spectroscopic data interpretation. Two of the isolated compounds exhibited moderate toxicity(More)
We have determined the structure of a PNA-DNA duplex to 1.7 A resolution by multiple-wavelength anomalous diffraction phasing method on a zinc derivative. This structure represents the first high-resolution 3D view of a hybrid duplex containing a contiguous chiral PNA strand with complete gamma-backbone modification ("gammaPNA"). Unlike the achiral(More)
Peptide nucleic acid (PNA) is a synthetic analogue of DNA and RNA, developed more than a decade ago in which the naturally occurring sugar phosphate backbone has been replaced by the N-(2aminoethyl) glycine units. Unlike DNA or RNA in the unhybridized state (single strand) which can adopt a helical structure through base-stacking, although highly flexible,(More)
Despite the recent crystallographic determination of the crystal structure of Au(25)(SCH(2)CH(2)Ph)(18) clusters, the question--whether all thiolate-capped, 25-atom gold clusters adopt the same structure, regardless of the types of thiols (e.g., long-chain alkylthiols, aromatic thiols, or other functionalized ones)--still remains unanswered. To crystallize(More)
Peptide nucleic acid (PNA) is a synthetic analogue of DNA and RNA, developed more than a decade ago in which the naturally occurring sugar phosphate backbone has been replaced by the N-(2-aminoethyl) glycine units. Unlike DNA or RNA in the unhybridized state (single strand) which can adopt a helical structure through base-stacking, although highly flexible,(More)
This paper presents the results of an NMR spectroscopy and distance-restrained molecular dynamics (MD) study of a gamma-methylated, palindromic, 8-base pair peptide nucleic acid (gamma-PNA) duplex. The goal of this study was to examine the impact of the gamma-backbone modification on the structure of the PNA duplex. The 2D NMR information involving the(More)
A series of resorbable poly(ethylene glycol)-co-poly(glycolic acid) (PEG-co-PGA, 4KG5) macromonomers have been synthesized with the chemistries from three different photopolymerizable end-groups (acrylates, methacrylates and urethane methacrylates). The aim of the study is to examine the effects of the chemistry of the cross-linker group on the properties(More)
Thirty-seven naturally occurring withanolides (1-37), previously isolated in our laboratories, were evaluated for their potential to induce quinone reductase with cultured murine hepatoma cells (Hepa 1c1c7). Spiranoid (29, 32) and 18-functionalized withanolides (2-5, 7-9, 24) were found to be potent inducers of the enzyme, while 5alpha-substituted(More)