Victoria Alfonso

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Among 114 patients infected with hepatitis C virus, three genotype 4 isolates, unusual in Argentina, were detected by phylogenetic analysis over different genomic regions. The patients were not related. One sample was associated with Egyptian sequences, and the others were associated with a Zairean isolate, a fact which reinforces the idea that they are(More)
The in vivo subcellular localization of Mal de Río Cuarto virus (MRCV, Fijivirus, Reoviridae) non-structural proteins fused to GFP was analyzed by confocal microscopy. P5-1 showed a cytoplasmic vesicular-like distribution that was lost upon deleting its PDZ binding TKF motif, suggesting that P5-1 interacts with cellular PDZ proteins. P5-2 located at the(More)
Hypervariable region 1 (HVR1) of the hepatitis C virus (HCV) genome was directly sequenced from 12 chronically infected patients who had not responded to interferon (IFN) treatment. Due to the quasispecies nature of HCV circulating genomes, serum samples from four patients showing different evolutionary characteristics were further analysed. Serial samples(More)
We describe a point mutation in the AcMNPV polyhedrin gene that produces abnormally large cubic polyhedra in packaging cell lines. A polyhedrin mutant baculovirus in which the single change E44G was introduced confirmed that this mutation and no other alterations in the AcMNPV genome was responsible for the abnormal phenotype. Although baculoviral VP39(More)
The Autographa californica multiple nucleopolyhedrovirus (AcMNPV) ac109 core gene has been previously characterized as an essential late gene. Our results showed that budded virions could be detected in supernatants of infected Sf-9 cells, even when ac109 knockout viruses displayed a single-cell infection phenotype. Moreover, confocal microscopy analysis(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) displays high genetic diversity. Inter-host sequence variability may mainly reflect a neutral drift evolution. In contrast, intra-host evolution may be driven by an adaptive selection to host responses to infection. Here, HCV E2 intra-host evolution in two patients during the course and follow-up of successive treatments with(More)
The Hepatitis A virus (HAV) has been classified in seven different genotypes, which include human (I, II, III, and VII) and simian (IV, V, and VI) groups. The sequence analysis of HAV strains contributes to the molecular epidemiology of the virus. Although the infection with HAV is endemic in Argentina and vaccination is being implemented in this country,(More)
Oral infection of insect larvae with baculovirus is an advantageous methodology for producing high levels of recombinant proteins and for achieving plague control. However, many recombinant baculoviruses express a foreign protein in lieu of the polyhedrin and hence do not form occlusion bodies (occ-), resulting in extremely reduced per os infectivity in(More)
Insect genomics is a growing area of research. To exploit fully the genomic data that are being generated, high-throughput systems for the functional characterization of insect proteins and their interactomes are required. In this work, a Gateway-compatible vector set for expression of fluorescent fusion proteins in insect cells was developed. The vector(More)
Mal de Río Cuarto virus (MRCV) is a member of the Fijivirus genus, within the Reoviridae family, that replicates and assembles in cytoplasmic inclusion bodies called viroplasms. In this study, we investigated interactions between ten MRCV proteins by yeast two-hybrid (Y2H) assays and identified interactions of non-structural proteins P6/P6, P9-2/P9-2 and(More)