Veronica V Gonzalez

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A primer able to amplify the internal transcribed spacers (ITS) of the ribosomal DNA (rDNA), having enhanced specificity for ascomycetes, was identified by reviewing fungal ribosomal DNA sequences deposited in GenBank. The specificity of the primer, named ITS4A, was tested with DNA extracted from several species of ascomycetes, basidiomycetes, zygomycetes,(More)
In this work, Escherichia coli MG1655 was engineered to produce ethanol and evolved in a laboratory process to obtain an acetate tolerant strain called MS04 (E. coli MG1655: ΔpflB, ΔadhE, ΔfrdA, ΔxylFGH, ΔldhA, PpflB::pdc Zm -adhB Zm , evolved). The growth and ethanol production kinetics of strain MS04 were determined in mineral medium, mainly under(More)
Social desirability, while a recognized source of respondent bias among Mexican-Americans, has not been evaluated as an explanation for the lower rate of high expressed emotion (EE) found in the family members of Mexican-Americans versus Caucasians with schizophrenia. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that the lower rate of high EE (hostility and(More)
Female reproductive aging in rats is characterized by reduced gonadotropin releasing hormone (GnRH) neuronal activation under estradiol positive feedback conditions and a delayed and attenuated luteinizing hormone (LH) surge. The newly identified excitatory neuropeptide kisspeptin is proposed to be a critical mediator of the pubertal transition and the(More)
Native to South America, Alstroemeria flowers are known for their colourful tepals, and Alstroemeria hybrids are an important cut flower. However, in common with many commercial cut flowers, virtually all the commercial Alstroemeria hybrids are not scented. The cultivar 'Sweet Laura' is one of very few scented commercial Alstroemeria hybrids.(More)
The aristolochene synthase catalysed cyclisation of farnesyl diphosphate (1) has been postulated to proceed through (S)-germacrene A (3). However, the active site acid that reprotonates this neutral intermediate has so far proved difficult to identify and, based on high level ab initio molecular orbital and density functional theory calculations, a proton(More)
Exposure to organophosphate and carbamate pesticides can lead to neurotoxic effects through inhibition of cholinesterase enzymes. The paraoxonase (PON1) enzyme can detoxify oxon derivatives of some organophosphates. Lower PON1, acetylcholinesterase, and butyrylcholinesterase activities have been reported in newborns relative to adults, suggesting increased(More)
Recombinant (+)-δ-cadinene synthase (DCS) from Gossypium arboreum catalyzes the metal-dependent cyclization of (E,E)-farnesyl diphosphate (FDP) to the cadinane sesquiterpene δ-cadinene, the parent hydrocarbon of cotton phytoalexins such as gossypol. In contrast to some other sesquiterpene cyclases, DCS carries out this transformation with >98% fidelity but,(More)