Ursula León

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The HCV internal ribosome entry site (IRES) spans a region of ~340 nt that encompasses most of the 5' untranslated region (5'UTR) of the viral mRNA and the first 24–40 nt of the core-coding region. To investigate the implication of altering the primary sequence of the 5'UTR on IRES activity, naturally occurring variants of the 5'UTR were isolated from(More)
The HCV internal ribosome entry site (IRES) spans a region of approximately 340 nt that encompasses most of the 5' untranslated region (5'UTR) of the viral mRNA and the first 24-40 nt of the core-coding region. To investigate the implication of altering the primary sequence of the 5'UTR on IRES activity, naturally occurring variants of the 5'UTR were(More)
Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from 45 treatment naïve, HIV-negative, chronically hepatitis C virus (HCV)-infected patients were analyzed for the presence of HCV RNA. Viral RNA was detected in 73% of the studied patients. Single-strand conformation polymorphism assays and sequence analysis of the HCV 5'untranslated regions amplified from RNA(More)
HCV is primarily hepatotropic, but there is mounting evidence pointing to infection and replication of extrahepatic sites. Here we evaluated the occurrence of HCV infection of peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) and explored the possible association between viral extrahepatic infection and the natural history of the disease. Forty seven Chilean, HCV(More)
Single-strand conformation polymorphism (SSCP) analysis is used by many laboratories to study the quasispecies distribution of the hepatitis C virus (HCV). Here we question the validity of this experimental approach, as conclusions are drawn from the analysis of the migration patterns of two ssDNA molecules and not from RNA. Using previously characterized(More)
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