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Dra. Mercedes Guadalupe López Pérez


Position: Investigadora 3D, SNI III
Telephone:  (462) 623-9644 
Department: Biotecnología y Bioquímica

Researcher. Ph.D. in Agriculture and Environmental Chemistry, 1990, Department of Food Science, University of California, Davis, CA, USA.
Postdoctoral research: Biochemistry Department, University of Columbia, Missouri USA (1991). National researcher level III.

Areas of research:

  1. Alcoholic beverages: Determination of authenticity by GC-MS and stable isotopes.
  2. Agaves and health: Purification and characterization by MALDI-TOF-MS and derivatized-GC-MS. Analysis of neutraceutic potential.
  3. Agave as a crop: Fructans as developmental markers of Agave species and as phenological markers of maturity.
  4. Fructans and Fructosyltransferases as protectants for drought and cold stress, Agave as a model to study fructan metabolism under different stress conditions.

Recent Publications

  • Elena Franco-Robles and Mercedes G. López. Agavins Increase Neurotrophic Factors and Decrease Oxidative Stress in the Brains of High-Fat Diet-Induced Obese Mice. Molecules. (2016), 21: 1-15.
  • Eine Estrada-Mata, María J. Navarro-Arias, Luis A. Pérez-García, Erika Mellado-Mojica, Mercedes G. López, Katalin Csonka, Attila Gacser and Héctor M. Mora-Montes. Members of the Candida parapsilosis Complex and Candida albicans are Differentially Recognized by Human Peripheral Blood Mononuclear Cells. Frontiers in Microbiology. (2016), 6: 1-11.
  • Erika Mellado-Mojica, Luis E. González de la Vara, Mercedes López. Fructan active enzymes (FAZY) activities and biosynthesis of fructooligosaccharides in the vacuoles of Agave tequilana Weber Blue variety plants of different age. Planta. (2016), 1-15.
  • Erika Mellado-Mojica, Navindra P. Seeram, Mercedes G. López. Comparative analysis of maple syrups and natural sweeteners: Carbohydrates composition and classification (differentiation) by HPAEC-PAD and FTIR spectroscopy-chemometrics. Journal of Food Composition and Analysis. (2016), 52: 1-8.
  • Javier Morales-López, Mónica Centeno-Álvarez, Antonio Nieto-Camacho, Mercedes G. López, Elizabeth Pérez-Hernández, Nury Pérez-Hernández & Eduardo Fernández-Martínez. Evaluation of antioxidant and hepatoprotective effects of White cabbage essential oil. Pharmaceutical Biology. (2016), 55: 233-241.
  • Luis A. Pérez-García, Katalin Csonka, Arturo Flores-Carreón, Eline Estrada-Mata, Erika Mellado-Mojica, Tibor Németh, Luz A. López-Ramírez, Renata Toth, Mercedes G. López, Csaba Vizler, Annamaria Marton, Adél Toth, Joshua D. Nosanchuk, Attila Gácser and Héctor M. Mora-Montes. Role of Protein Glycosylation in Candida parapsilosis Cell Wall Integrity and Host Interaction. Frontiers in Microbiology. (2016), 7: 1-16.
  • María Concepción García-Pérez, Mercedes G. López. Factors affecting fructosyltranferases and fructan exohydrolase activities in Agave tequilana Weber var. Azul. J. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol. (2016), 25: 147-154.
  • María J. Navarro-Arias, Tatiana A. Defosse, Karine Dementhon, Katalin Csonka, Erika Mellado-Mojica, Aline Dias Valério, Roberto J. González-Hernández, Vincent Courdavault, Marc Clastre, Nahúm V. Hernández, Luis A. Pérez-García, Dhirendra K. Singh, Csaba –vizler, Attila Gácser, Ricardo S. Almeida, Thierry Noel, Mercedes G. López, Nicolas Papon and Héctor M. Mora-Montes. Disruption of Protein Mannosylation Affects Candida guilliermondii Cell Wall, Immune Sensing, and Virulence. Frontiers in Microbiology. (2016), 7: 1-19.
  • Patricia A. Santiago-García, Erika Mellado-Mojica, Frank M. León-Martínez, Mercedes G. López. Evaluation of Agave angustifolia fructans as fat replacer in the cookies manufacture. Food Science and Technology. (2016), 77: 100 – 109.
  • Silvia Marina Gonzalez-Herrera, Olga Miriam Rutiaga-Quiñones, Cristóbal Noé Aguilar, Luz Araceli Ochoa-Martínez, Juan Carlos Contreras-Esquivel, Mercedes G. López, Raúl Rodríguez-Herrera. Dehydrated Apple matrix supplemented with agave fructans, inulin, and oligofructose. Food Science and Technology. (2016), 65: 1059-1065.
  • Alicia Huazano-García and Mercedes G. López. Agavins reverse the metabolic disorders in overweight mice through the increment of short chain fatty acids and hormones.The royal Society of Chemistry. 2015
  • Elena Franco-Robles and Mercedes G. López. Implication of Fructans in Health: Immunomodulatory and Antioxidant Mechanisms. Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 2015
  • Erika Mellado-Mojica, Mercedes G. López. Identification classification, and discrimination of agave syrups from natural sweeteners by infrared spectroscopy and HPAEC-PAD. Food Chemistry. 2015
  • María Concepción García-Pérez, Mercedes G. López. Factors affecting fructosyltransferases and fructan exohydrolase activities in Agave tequilana Weber var. azul. J. Plant Biochem. Biotechnol. 2015
  • Silvia Marina González-Herrera, Raul Rodriguez Herrera, Mercedes Guadalupe López, Olga Miriam Rutiaga, Cristobal Noe Aguilar, Juan Carlos Contreras Esquivel, Luz Araceli Ochoa Martínez. Inulin in food products: prebiotic and functional ingredient. British Food Journal. 2015
  • Yanelys García-Curbelo, Ramón Bocourt, Lourdes L. Savón, Maria Isabel García-Vieyra and Mercedes G. López. Prebiotic effect of Agave fourcroydes fructans: an animal model. The royal Society of Chemistry 2015
  • Edgar Martín Suárez-González, Mercedes G. López, John P. Délano-Frier, Juan Florencio Gómez-Leyva. Expression of the 1-SST and 1-FFT genes and consequent fructan accumulation in Agave tequilana and A inaequidens is differentially induced by diverse (a)biotic-stress related elicitors. Journal of Plant Physiology. 2014
  • Mellado-Mojica, Erika; López-Pérez, Mercedes Gpe. Análisis comparativo entre jarabes de Agave azul (Agave tequilana Weber var. azul) y otros jarabes naturales. Agrociencia. 2013
  • Araceli Minerva Vera Guzmán, Mercedes Guadalupe López and José Luis Chávez-Servia. Chemical composition and volatile compounds in the artesanal fermentation of mezcal in Oaxaca, Mexico. African Journal of Biotechnology. 2012
  • Celso Cortés-Romero, Aida Martínez-Hernández, Erika Mellado-Mojica, Mercedes G. López, June Simpson. Molecular and functional characterization of novel fructosyltransferases and invertases from Agave tequilana. PloS ONE. 2012
  • Erika Mellado-Mojica and Mercedes G. López. Fructan metabolism in Agave tequilana Weber blue variety along its development cycle in the field. Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. 2012
  • Juan Fernando Pío-León, Sylvia Páz Díaz-Camacho, Mercedes G. López, Julio Montes-Ávila, Gabriela López-Angulo, and Francisco Delgado-Vargas. Physicochemical, nutritional, and antioxidant characteristics of the fruit Ehretia tinifolia. Revista Mexicana de Biodiversidad. 2012
  • Yesenia Ithaí Ángeles López, Norma Angélica Martínez-Gallardo, Ricardo Ramírez-Romero, Mercedes G. López, Carla Sánchez-Hernández y John Paul Délano-Frier. Cross-Kingdom effects of plant-plant signaling via volatile organic compounds emitted by tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) plants infested by the greenhouse whitefly (Trialeurodes vaporariorum). Journal of Ecology. 2012
  • Araceli Minerva Vera-Guzmán, José Luis Chávez-Servia, José Cruz Carrillo-Rodríguez, Mercedes G. López. Phytochemical evaluation of wild and cultivated pepper (Capsicum annuum L. and C. pubescens Ruiz & Pav.) from Oaxaca, Mexico. ChileanJAR. 2011
  • Citlali Fonseca-García, Mercedes G. López, Elva T. Arechiga-Carbajal, José Ruíz-Herrera. A novel polysaccharide secreted by pal/rim mutants of the phytopathogen fungus Ustilago maydis. Carbohydr Poly. 2011
  • Martell Nevàrez, María Angélica, Córdova Gurrola, Erica Esthela, López Miranda, Javier Soto Cruz, Nicolás Oscar, López Pérez, Mercedes Guadalupe, Rutiaga Quiñones and Olga Miriam. Effect of fermentation temperature and chemical composition of mescals made from Agave duranguensis juice with different native yeast genera. African Journal of Microbiology Research. 2011
  • Ramón E. Robles-Zepeda, Edmundo Lozoya-Gloria, Mercedes G. López, Jorge Molina-Torres. Accumulation and distribution of diterpenic acids in leaves of Montanoa tomentosa. Latin American Journal of Pharmacy. 2011
  • Vera Guzmán, Araceli M; Santiago García, Patricia A; López Mercedes G. Compuestos Volátiles aromáticos generados durante la elaboración de mezcal de Agave angustifolia y agave potatorum. Revista Fitotecnia Mexicana. 2009


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