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Rabbit hemorrhagic disease, which is caused by a calicivirus, is a lethal infection of adult animals that is characterized by acute liver damage and disseminated intravascular coagulation. In this study, we report the production of the major structural protein VP60 of rabbit hemorrhagic disease virus in transgenic tubers of potato plants and its use as an(More)
The expression of a specific set of genes controls the different structures of heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs), which are involved in the growth, invasion and metastatic properties of cancerous cells. The purpose of this study is to increase knowledge of HSPG alterations in breast cancer. Twenty-three infiltrating ductal adenocarcinomas (IDCs), both(More)
Transglutaminases (TGases), that catalyze post-translational modification of proteins, are scarcely known in plants. As part of a project to characterize transglutaminase genes in new plant species, the identification and characterization of a TGase in rice is presented. Using differential primers, a cDNA (tgo) of 1767bp from genomic rice DNA amplification(More)
BACKGROUND Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) promote amyloid-β peptide and tau fibrillization in Alzheimer's disease (AD) and provide resistance against proteolytic breakdown. Heparanase (HPSE) is the only enzyme that cleaves heparan sulfate (HS). Heparanase 2 (HPSE2) lacks HS-degrading activity, although it is able to interact with HS with high(More)
Human placental lactogen (hPL) is a peptidic hormone that belongs to the short list of growth factors that could treat type-1 diabetes through pancreatic islet transplantation. Placental lactogen has the capacity to improve islet survival and function before or after transplantation. In this study, transgenic tobacco plants were used as a novel expression(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of this study is to investigate the cytotoxic activity of three isolectins purified from the latex of Euphorbia trigona Miller. HYPOTHESIS Among lectins are the ribosome-inactivating proteins (RIPs), which are potent inhibitors of protein synthesis in cells and in cell-free systems. RESULTS Three isolectins, ETR1, ETR2 and ETR3,(More)
Heparan sulfate proteoglycans (HSPGs) are glycoproteins, with the common characteristic of containing covalently attached heparan sulfate glycosaminoglycan chains (GAGs). These molecules are highly modified in cancer, contributing to tumorigenesis. In fact, the expression of HSPGs is markedly altered during malignant transformation and tumor progression,(More)
The recently cloned rice transglutaminase gene (tgo) is the second plant transglutaminase identified to date (Campos et al. Plant Sci. 205-206 (2013) 97-110). Similarly to its counterpart in maize (tgz), this rice TGase was localized in the chloroplast, although in this case not exclusively. To further characterise plastidial tgo functionality, proteomic(More)
Throughout human evolution, plants have provided us with food, fibers to produce clothes, and medicines to treat different kind of diseases. In fact, we could say that plants represent the “chemists” of the antiquity. Examples of important therapeutic molecules obtained from plants are morphine, atropine, ephedrine, codeine, and digitalin and so on(More)
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