Sylvia Ortíz

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Patients suffering from Chagas' disease, as determined by positive serological results, were tested for further evidence of Trypanosoma cruzi infection by xenodiagnosis and PCR. The patients included 67 children aged from 0 to 10 years and 75 adults. All children were positive by PCR on their pre-therapy sample, while only 69% of the seropositive adults and(More)
Epidemiologic evidence suggests a preferential association of Trypanosoma cruzi genotypes TCI and TCII with marsupials and placental mammals, respectively. We identify T. cruzi genotypes from 117 infected mammals. Minicircle DNA amplified by polymerase chain reaction and hybridization with a panel of four specific probes showed frequencies for the T. cruzi(More)
The aim of this study was to establish the phylogenetic relationships of trypanosomes present in blood samples of Bolivian Carollia bats. Eighteen cloned stocks were isolated from 115 bats belonging to Carollia perspicillata (Phyllostomidae) from three Amazonian areas of the Chapare Province of Bolivia and studied by xenodiagnosis using the vectors Rhodnius(More)
Twenty-one Trypanosoma cruzi stocks isolated from Triatoma infestans and humans of the Chilean Andean highlands were studied at the genotypic level by schizodeme and molecular karyotype analyses, which allowed a clear distinction of the parasites from those hosts. A phenotypical characterization was performed by proteolytic activity after electrophoretic(More)
Botrytis cinerea CCg425 contains a 33-nm isometric mycovirus whose genome is a 6.8-kb double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) molecule. Virulence bioassays, performed by direct plug mycelial inoculation on bean plant leaves, showed that B. cinerea CCg425 displays less fungal aggressivity than B. cinerea CKg54, a virulent fungal strain that is not infected by dsRNA(More)
Parasite DNA amplified by PCR from blood of 73 chagasic children and adults of two endemic areas of Chile were studied by Southern blot and/or dot blot hybridization analysis with a panel of three minicircle probes corresponding to the parasite genotypes (clonets 19, 33 and 39). The hybridization pattern of the PCR positive samples identified clonets 39,(More)
Nineteen Trypanosoma cruzi stocks, most of them of wild origin, and four Trypanosoma rangeli stocks from Colombia were analysed by molecular karyotype analysis with cloned DNA cruzipain as the probe. Another 27 cloned stocks of T. cruzi from different geographic areas of South America were used as reference for T. cruzi lineages. Phenetic analysis of(More)
To identify Trypanosoma cruzi clones from chronically infected individuals, they were transferred to triatomines by the xenodiagnosis test (XD) with Triatoma infestans. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) and hybridization assays were performed to detect minicircle DNA in human blood samples and triatomine feces, using probes to determine the T. cruzi clones(More)
Fifty-six Trypanosoma cruzi stocks from Chile and neighboring countries and different hosts, humans, and Triatoma infestans and Mepraia sp., vectors of domiciliary and natural environments were characterized by using three molecular markers. These were cytochrome b (Cyt b) gene sequencing, minicircle DNA blotting, and hybridization with five(More)
Fifty-seven Trypanosoma cruzi stocks isolated from Triatoma infestans and Triatoma spinolai of the five different geographic endemic areas of Chile were studied by schizodeme and molecular karyotype analysis. Four different genotypes are found in the sylvatic T. spinolai vector and five in the T. infestans domiciliary vector. Of these genotypes, two common(More)