Alejandro Olvera

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We report the cloning of sphingomyelinase D (SMD) cDNA from Loxosceles reclusa, Loxosceles boneti and Loxosceles laeta into bacterial expression systems, as well as optimization of expression conditions so as to obtain soluble and active recombinant enzymes. The recombinant mature SMDs, tagged with a histidine tail at the N- or C-termini, were compared in(More)
Hyaluronidases (Hyal) present in the venom of poisonous animals have been considered as "spreading factors" that facilitate a fast penetration of the venom in the prey. We have found that hyaluronidase from the tarantula Brachypelma vagans venom (BvHyal) displays a substrate-specific Hyal activity against hyaluronan. By using a combined strategy based on(More)
In this study we report the isolation and characterization of several sphingomyelinase D isoforms from the venoms of the North American spiders Loxosceles boneti and Loxosceles reclusa, from Mexico and the United States, respectively. We have measured their enzymatic activity, their capacity to induce necrotic lesions in rabbits, cloned the cDNAs coding for(More)
BACKGROUND Inclusion bodies (IBs) are aggregated proteins that form clusters when protein is overexpressed in heterologous expression systems. IBs have been considered as non-usable proteins, but recently they are being used as functional materials, catalytic particles, drug delivery agents, immunogenic structures, and as a raw material in recombinant(More)
Two toxic and one non-toxic recombinant peptide variants of the mammalian neurotoxin CssII was cloned into the expression vector pQE30 containing a 6His-tag and a Factor Xa proteolytic cleavage site. The toxic recombinant peptides rCssII, HisrCssII and the non-toxic rCssIIE15R were expressed under induction with isopropyl thiogalactoside (IPTG), isolated(More)
Peptide nucleic acids (PNAs) may be a potent tool for gene function studies in medically important parasitic organisms, especially those that have not before been accessible to molecular genetic knockout approaches. One such organism is Entamoeba histolytica, the causative agent of amebiasis, which infects about 500 million people and is the cause of(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is characterized by neuronal loss and the presence of both neurofibrillary tangles and senile plaques in the brain. These plaques arise from the deposition of beta-amyloid (Aβ) peptides (38-43 amino acids), which are generated from enzymatic cleavage of the amyloid precursor protein (APP) by β- and γ-secretases. In the present work,(More)