Viviana Falcón

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A gene coding for the Bm86 tick protein was recently cloned, expressed in Pichia pastoris and shown to induce an inmunological response in cattle against ticks. Moreover, the Gavac vaccine (Heber Biotec S.A., Havana, Cuba), which contains this recombinant protein, has proved to control the Boophilus microplus populations under field conditions. This paper(More)
Recently, a gene coding for the Bm86 tick gut glycoprotein was cloned, expressed in Escherichia coli and shown to induce an immunological response in cattle to damage ticks engorging on these animals (Rand et al., 1989). We report here the increased expression of the Bm86 antigen from the cattle tick Boophilus microplus in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia(More)
The capsid protein is one of the three structural proteins of flaviviruses and is the building block of the nucleocapsid. It has also a predominant role in the replication of dengue virus. To obtain nucleocapsid-like particles from recombinant dengue-2 capsid protein produced in E. coli, a purification process using cation exchange chromatography was(More)
Neurofibrillary tangles (NFTs) are the neuropathological hallmarks in Alzheimer's disease (AD). Densities of NFTs correlate with the dementia status. NFTs reflect the intracellular accumulation of abnormal paired helical filaments (PHFs) composed of the microtubule-associated protein tau. Hyperphosphorylation and truncation have been proposed as key events(More)
Core protein is one of the most conserved and immunogenic of the hepatitis C virus proteins. Several pieces of experimental evidence suggest its ability for formation of virus like particles alone or in association with other viral proteins in mammalian or yeast cells with great similarity to those detected in patient sera and liver extract. In this work we(More)
Protein Kinase CK2 is a serine-threonine kinase frequently deregulated in many human tumors. Here, we hypothesized that a peptide binder to the CK2 phosphoacceptor site could exhibit anticancer properties in vitro, in tumor animal models, and in cancer patients. By screening a random cyclic peptide phage display library, we identified the CIGB-300 (formerly(More)
A single-chain Fv (scFv) antibody fragment against the hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) was expressed in Escherichia coli in the form of two independent fusion proteins, with either 60 ('long') or 27 ('short') amino acid N-terminal encoding sequences related to human interleukin-2. Both fusion proteins were expressed insolubly and at high levels in the(More)
Novel therapeutic peptides are increasingly making their way into clinical application. The cationic and amphipathic properties of certain peptides allow them to cross biological membranes in a non-disruptive way without apparent toxicity increasing drug bioavailability. By modifying the primary structure of the Limulus-derived LALF(32-51) peptide we(More)
The combination of immunoaffinity and size-exclusion chromatography (SEC) is a powerful tool to analyze multiprotein particle assembly. This approach was used to investigate the source of aggregation of recombinant hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg) detected in purified material. As HBsAg aggregation does not originate in the stresses, such as the(More)
In this study, 13 samples of liver biopsies from patients with chronic hepatitis C were studied by transmission electron microscopy (EM) and immunoelectron microscopy (IEM). The 13 biopsies showed ultrastructural cell damage typical of acute viral hepatitis. In four of the 13 liver biopsies enveloped virus-like particles (VLPs) inside cytoplasmic vesicles(More)