Verónica Flores

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Unravelling the mechanisms underlying desiccation tolerance is crucial in order to understand the position of algal species in the intertidal zone. The alga Porphyra columbina lives in the uppermost part of the rocky intertidal zones around the world and was selected as a model for this study. Naturally desiccated plants were collected during low tide and(More)
PURPOSE Abnormal regulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis and diurnal cortisol rhythms are associated with several pain and chronic inflammatory conditions. Chronic stress may have a role in the disorder of chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome related to initiation or exacerbation of the syndrome. We tested the hypothesis that men(More)
Coalescing macroalgae may fuse with conspecifics, forming genetically heterogeneous entities known as chimera. This process has been shown in taxa from roughly half the red algal orders and in the Codium species, a green alga. Field observations indicate that common and dominant kelps along central Chile exhibit a fused holdfast. We evaluated whether such(More)
The potential benefits associated with coales-cence in red algae have been best documented with early stages of development. In this study, we report on the effects of the original number of spores on branching and fertility during later stages of development. Measurements for 20 months of survival rates, field growth, and fertility of a set of 96(More)
The red alga Gracilaria chilensis is commercially farmed for the production of agar hydrocolloids, but some susceptible algae in farms suffer from intense epiphyte growth. We investigated the induced chemical defense response of G. chilensis against epiphytes and demonstrated that an extract of an epiphyte-challenged alga can trigger a defense response. The(More)
The overgrowth of young sporelings by older and larger thalli is often assumed to result in death of the overgrown individual. However, if sporelings and larger conspecifics are able to coalesce, the fate of the overgrown sporeling may be different to the physical compression, starvation and mortality often assumed for them. Using cytological studies on(More)
Chimerism theoretically increases the genetic heterogeneity of coalescing organisms, which in turn may increase phenotypic variability in chimeras, allowing them greater tolerance to environmental changes when compared with non-coalescing individuals. In order to test this hypothesis, we compared abiotic stress tolerance between coalescing and(More)
Stem cells are commonly classified based on the developmental stage from which they are isolated, although this has been a source of debate amongst stem cell scientists. A common approach classifies stem cells into three different groupings: Embryonic Stem Cells (ESCs), Umbilical Cord Stem Cells (UCBSCs) and Adult Stem Cells (ASCs), which include stem cells(More)
The identification of modifiable risk factors for glaucoma progression is needed. Our objective was to determine whether maladaptive coping styles are associated with recent glaucoma progression or worse visual field mean deviation.A hospital-based case-control study was conducted in the Glaucoma Service of Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital in Montreal, Canada.(More)
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