Sofia Valenzuela

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During the last few years, many studies have directed their efforts at elucidating the molecular mechanisms that regulate plant response to cold stress using gene expression analysis. Quantitative real-time qRT-PCR has great advantages compared to traditional transcriptional detection methods due to its high sensibility, reproducibility, and specificity for(More)
Rotavirus single-shelled particles have several enzymatic activities that are involved with the synthesis of capped mRNAs both in vivo and in vitro. Because single-shelled particles must be structurally intact to carry out transcription, it has proven to be difficult to identify the protein within such particles that possesses associated RNA polymerase(More)
Vegetative propagation by stem cuttings and mini-cuttings has been used worldwide for growing Eucalyptus plants. However, clones and hybrids of this plant present a great variability in their rooting capacity, apart from a gradual decrease in the rooting potential due to the ontogenetic age of the mother plant. Several studies have demonstrated that some(More)
This work contributes in the identification and understanding of dehydrin genes and their function in the mechanisms of cold tolerance in eucalypt species. Dehydrins play a fundamental role in plant response and adaptation to abiotic stresses, having an important role in seed desiccation, response to abscisic acid, low temperatures, drought and salinity(More)
The gene coding for F5H from Eucalyptus globulus was cloned and used to transform an f5h -mutant of Arabidopsis thaliana , which was complemented, thus verifying the identity of the cloned gene. Coniferaldehyde 5-hydroxylase (F5H; EC 1.14.13) is a cytochrome P450-dependent monooxygenase that catalyzes the 5-hydroxylation step required for the production of(More)
An optimized protocol for the development and discovery of polymorphic AFLP markers in tree species is described. The protocol was optimized for the production of fluorescently labeled PCR products and analysis using a capillary sequencer. This approach has been demonstrated to be efficient and reproducible for tree species with complex genomes. The most(More)
During the last few years, considerable effort has been directed toward understanding how Eucalyptus globulus responds and adapts to low temperature due to its low freezing resistance, especially through gene expression analysis. A recent study has confirmed that freezing stress induces the expression of three dehydrin (DHN) genes in E. globulus. This work(More)
Variation in wood anatomy and biometric variables was studied in 14 7-year-old Eucalyptus globulus clones grown in a clonal trial in Arauco, Bio-Bio Region, Chile. Biometric characteristics were measured for each tree and the anatomical variables were measured at three radial positions by image analysis on transverse microsections cut from radial increment(More)
The genetic improvement of trees for freezing tolerance is one of the most important goals to extend the plantations to colder areas. RNA-Seq technology has become a key tool in transcriptome studies. It can quantify overall expression levels for each gene simultaneously with high efficiency and speed through in silico gene expression, where differentially(More)