Verónica Fernández

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Two different Echinococcus granulosus antigen B subunits (AgB8/1 and AgB8/2) were characterized and the structure of the genes encoding these two proteins were compared. DNA sequences were expressed in Escherichia coli and the antigens' diagnostic value was then assessed. The genomic sequence of AgB8/1 has a 92 bp intron in the position corresponding to(More)
A synthetic peptide (GU4) derived from an antigen B (AgB) subunit was serologically compared with crude antigen (HCFA); immunopurified AgB and antigen 5 (Ag5), and two other synthetic peptides, for diagnosis of human cystic hydatidosis. GU4 was derived from the sequence of AgB/2, the novel AgB subunit described by us. The other two peptides: 65 (AgB(More)
We report the clinical features of the original Chilean family with Kufor-Rakeb syndrome (KRS) that led to the discovery of the ATP13A2 gene at the PARK9 locus. KRS is a rare juvenile-onset autosomal recessive disease characterized by progressive Parkinsonism, pyramidal signs, and cognitive decline in addition to vertical gaze palsy and(More)
Trypanosoma cruzi associated myocardiopathy, or Chagas disease, continues to be a serious problem in Venezuela, for which there is neither a vaccine nor a cure. In order to learn more about the humoral immune response to trypanosomal antigens, and to try to identify dominant antigens, we used ELISA and immunoblotting to study the reactivity of sera from(More)
The usage of alternative synonymous codons in the completely sequenced, extremely A+T-rich parasite Plasmodium falciparum was studied. Confirming previous studies obtained with less than 3% of the total genes recently described, we found that A- and U-ending triplets predominate but translational selection increases the frequency of a subset of codons in(More)
We analysed the intragenomic variation in codon usage in Echinococcus spp. by correspondence analysis. This approach detected a trend among genes which was correlated with expression levels. Among the (presumed) highly expressed sequences we found an increased usage of a subset of codons, almost all of them G- or C- ending. Since an increase in these bases(More)
Fasciolasis is a zoonotic parasitic disease caused by Fasciola hepatica and its control is mainly based on the use of triclabendazole (TCBZ). Parasite resistance to different anthelmintics is growing worldwide, including the resistance of F. hepatica to TCBZ. In the present work we evaluate "in vivo" the activity of xenobiotic metabolizing enzymes of phase(More)
It is known that adenosine 5'-triphosphate (ATP) is released along with the neurotransmitter acetylcholine (ACh) from motor nerve terminals. At mammalian neuromuscular junctions (NMJs), we have previously demonstrated that ATP is able to decrease ACh secretion by activation of P2Y receptors coupled to pertussis toxin-sensitive Gi/o protein. In this group,(More)