Valentina García

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OBJECTIVES To evaluate the sensitivity and specificity of genotypic methods for predicting the co-receptor usage of subtypes B and non-B HIV-1 primary isolates, using as gold standard the infectivity of each primary isolate in GHOST cells stably expressing HIV-1 co-receptors. METHODS Primary isolates were obtained by co-culturing either patient's(More)
BACKGROUND There is evidence to postulate that undernotification is the reason for the great decrease in the reported incidence of hydatidosis in Chile. AIM To develop and propose a method to assess the notification of transmissible diseases, based on observed lethality and hospital discharges. MATERIAL AND METHODS Human hydatidosis in the period(More)
ABSTRACT The aim of this study was to characterize the HIV-1 intersubtype recombinant forms generated during the follow-up of a dual natural infection with subtypes B and G. Near full-length sequences from plasma and peripheral blood mononuclear cell (PBMC) compartments were analyzed and the biological characteristics of their derived primary isolates(More)
An increase in HIV transmission among men who have sex with men (MSM) has been reported in eight regions of Spain from 2003 to 2007. In order to study the incidence of HIV-1 genetic forms in Galicia, northwest of Spain, in particular the spread of HIV-1 variants among MSM, 93 newly diagnosed HIV-1 patients, including those with acute and recently acquired(More)
The biological characteristics of HIV-1 primary isolates of different recombinant forms (RFs) and non-B subtypes from Galicia, Spain, were investigated and the relationships between biological phenotype and evolution of infection were determined. Peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) were obtained during the follow-up of 32 patients infected with HIV-1(More)
We report the identification of a new HIV-1 circulating recombinant form (CRF47_BF) derived from subtypes B and F. It was initially identified in protease-reverse transcriptase sequences from nine individuals from three separate regions of Spain who acquired HIV-1 infection via sexual contact. All nine sequences formed a strongly supported phylogenetic(More)
OBJECTIVES This study aimed to develop a genotypic method to predict HIV-1 coreceptor usage by employing the nucleotide sequence of the env gene in a tree-augmented naive Bayes (TAN) classifier, and to evaluate its accuracy in prediction compared with other available tools. METHODS A wrapper data-mining strategy interleaved with a TAN algorithm was(More)
The aim of this study was the development of a panel constituted by well-defined HIV-1 strains of different genetic forms, with a particular focus on isolates from acute and recent infections. Fourteen HIV-1 isolates, including four from acute and five from recent infections, were expanded in peripheral blood mononuclear cells. SI phenotype, coreceptors(More)
The HIV-1 primary transcript undergoes a complex splicing process by which more than 40 different spliced RNAs are generated. One of the factors contributing to HIV-1 splicing complexity is the multiplicity of 3' splice sites (3'ss) used for generation of rev RNAs, with two 3'ss, A4a and A4b, being most commonly used, a third site, A4c, used less(More)