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Dr. Alejandro Blanco Labra


Position: Investigador 3D, SNI II.

Telephone:  +52 (462) 6239640
Department: Biotecnología y Bioquímica
Education & training
1971 PhD in Science. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México-University of  California, Davis, EUA.
Postdoctorado Londres Tropical Products Institute 


Areas of research: Proteins involved in defense mechanisms, including the quaternary structure of the polyphenol oxidase of grape. Analysis of different enzyme inhibitors, including their isolation, biochemical and molecular characterization and effects on the growth and development of certain insects. Great potential has been found for the significant effects of inhibitors on the growth, development and metastasis of certain types of cancer.



Recent Publications

  • Iovanna Torres Arteaga, José L Castro Guillén, Elizabeth Mendiola Olaya, Teresa García Gasca, Marco Vinicio Ángeles Zaragoza, Violeta García-Santoyo, Jorge Ariel Torres Castillo, Cesar Aguirre, Brett Phinney and Alejandro Blanco-Labra. Characterization of Two Non-Fetuin-Binding Lectins from Tepary Bean (Phaseolus acutifolius) Seeds with Differential Cytotoxicity on Colon Cancer Cells. Journal of Glycobiology. (2016), 5: 1-7.
  • Mauricio Martínez-Zavala, María Alejandra Mora-Avilés, Miriam Aracely Anaya-Loyola, Horacio Guzmán-Maldonado, Araceli Aguilera-Barreyro, Alejandro Blanco-Labra, Teresa García-Gasca. Common Bean Leaves as a Source of Dietary Iron: Functional Test in an Iron-Deficient. Plant Foods Hum. Nutr. (2016), 71: 259-264.
  • Roberto Ferríz-Martínez, Karina García-García, Iovanna Torres-Arteaga, Adriana Jheny Rodríguez-Mendez, María de Jesús Guerrero-Carrillo, Ulises Moreno-Celis, Marco Vinicio Álgeles-Zaragoza, Alejandro Blanco-Labra, Marco Alonso Gallegos-Corona, Juan Pablo Robles-Álvarez, Elizabeth Mendiola Olaya, Héctor Mario Andrade-Montemayor, Olga Patricia García, Teresa García-Gasca. Tolerability assessment of a lectin fraction from Tepary bean seeds (Phaseolus acutifolius) orally administered to rats.  Toxicology Reports 2015
  • Domancar Orona-Tamayo, Natalie Wielsch, Alejandro Blanco-Labra, Ales Svatos, Rodolfo Farias-Rodríguez and Martin Heil. Exclusive rewards in mutualism: ant proteases and plant protease inhibitors create a lock-key system to protect Acacia food bodies from exploitation. Molecular Ecology. 2013
  • José L. Castro-Guillén, Elizabeth Mendiola-Olaya, Teresa García-Gasca, Alejandro Blanco-Labra, Partial characterization of serine peptidases in larvae of Prostephanus truncatus (Horn) (Coleoptera: Bostrichidae), reveals insensitive peptidases to some plant peptidase inhibitors,  2012 
  • César Aguirre, Iovanna Torres, Guillermo Mendoza-Hernández, Teresa García-Gasca and Alejandro Blanco-Labra. Analysis of protein fractions and some minerals present in Chan (Hyptis suaveolens L.) seeds. Journal of Food Science. (2012), 71(1): 15-19 C15-C19. ISSN 0022-1147.
  • María Teresa Aguirrezabala-Cámpano, Reyna Ivonne Torres-Acosta, Alejandro Blanco-Labra, Ma. Elizabeth Mendiola-Olaya, Sugey Ramona Sinagawa-García, Adriana Gutiérrez-Díez, Jorge Ariel Torres-Castillo. Trypsin inhibitors in xoconostle seeds (Opuntia joconostle Weber.). J. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol. 2012
  • Teresa García-Gasca, Marlen García-Cruz, Elisa Hernández-Rivera, Josué López-Martínez, Ana L. Castañeda-Cuevas, Lorena Yllescas-Gasca, Adriana J. Rodríguez-Méndez, Elizabeth Mendiola-Olaya, José L. Castro-Guillén, Alejandro Blanco-Labra. Effects of Tepary Bean (Phaseolus acutifolius) protease inhibitor and semipure lectin fractions on cancer cells. Nutrition and Cancer, 2012
  • Cesar Aguirre, Iovanna Torres, Guillermo Mendoza-Hern´andez, Teresa Garcia-Gasca, and Alejandro Blanco-Labra, Analysis of Protein Fractions and Some Minerals Present in Chan (Hyptis suaveolens L.) Seeds, 2011
  • Diana Molina V, Alejandro Blanco-Labra and Humberto Zamora E. Inhibidores de proteasas de plantas efectivos contra las aspártico proteasas de Hypothenemus hampei, 2011 
  • Silvia Valdes-Rodriguez, Alberto Cedro-Tanda, Victor Aguilar-Hernandez, Erick Cortes-Onofre, Alejandro Blanco-Labra, Armando Guerrero-Rangel, Recombinant amaranth cystatin (AhCPI) inhibits the growth of phytopathogenic fungi, 2010 
  • Diana Molina, Humberto Zamora, Alejandro Blanco-Labra, An inhibitor from Lupinus bogotensis seeds effective against aspartic proteases from Hypothenemus hampei, 2010 
  • Victoria M. Virador, Juan P. Reyesgrajeda, Alejandro Blanco-Labra, Elizabeth Mendiola-Olaya,Gary M. Smith, Abel Moreno And John R. Whitaker,  Cloning, Sequencing, Purification, and Crystal Structure of Grenache (Vitis vinifera) Polyphenol Oxidase, 2010 
  • Cesar Aguirre, José L. Castro-Guillén, Lucrecia Contreras, Elizabeth Mendiola-Olaya, Luis González de la Vara, Alejandro Blanco-Labra, Partial characterization of a chymotrypsin-like protease in the larger grain borer (Prostephanus truncatus (Horn)) in relation to activity of Hyptis suaveolens (L.) trypsin inhibitor, 2009 
  • J.A. Torres-Castillo, C. Mondragón Jacobo, A. Blanco-Labra, Characterization of a highly stable trypsin-like proteinase inhibitor from the seeds of Opuntia streptacantha (O. streptacantha Lemaire), 2009 
  • María Teresa Carrillo-Rayas y Alejandro Blanco-Labra, Potencial y Algunos de los Mecanismos de Acción de los Hongos Entomopatógenos para el Control de Insectos Plaga, 2009 
  • J.A. Torres Castillo, K. Varela Martínez, A. Blanco-Labra,C. Mondragón Jacoboa, Protease Inhibitors Present in Opuntia spp, 2009 
  • John Paul Délano-Frier, José Luis Castro-Guillén and Alejandro Blanco-Labra, Recent Findings on the Multifaceted Functionality of Enzyme Inhibition by Natural Compounds: A Review, 2008
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