Alessandra Flores

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The induction of the expression of matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and their extracellular activation are key processes in connective tissue degradation in the chorioallantoid membrane during rat labour. However, the regulatory mechanisms remain largely unknown. Here, we report the identification of a calcium-dependent high molecular weight complex(More)
Cell homogenates obtained from partially regenerated Saccharomyces cerevisiae protoplasts were fractionated by a procedure using a combination of continuous and discontinuous sucrose gradients, under experimental conditions that minimize possible artifacts due to centrifugation and resuspension. At least five different membranous organelle fractions (plasma(More)
Calcium-permeable pores formed by small oligomers of amyloid proteins are the primary pathologic species in Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying the assembly of these toxic oligomers in the plasma membrane of brain cells remain unclear. Here we have analyzed and compared the pore-forming capability of a large(More)
Growing evidence supports a role for brain gangliosides in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Recently we deciphered the ganglioside-recognition code controlling specific ganglioside binding to Alzheimer's β-amyloid (Aβ1-42) peptide and Parkinson's disease-associated protein α-synuclein. Cracking this code(More)
The data here consists of calcium imaging of human neuroblastoma SH-SY5Y cells treated with the calcium-sensitive dye Fluo-4AM and then incubated with nanomolar concentrations of either human or rat Alzheimer's β-amyloid peptide Aβ1-42. These data are both of a qualitative (fluorescence micrographs) and semi-quantitative nature (estimation of intracellular(More)
The in vitro activity of four synthetic compounds was tested on fungal cells from Mucor rouxii. The compounds included phenylenediamine, two phenolamines, and quinone. At the concentrations tested (10(-2)-10(-4)M) the compounds exhibited antifungal activity, with the exception of quinone. On the basis of their effects on spore germination, and development(More)
Saccharomyces cerevisiae Sec 19-1 cells are secretion mutants defective at 37 degrees C. The cells were analysed in order to ascertain the effect of mutation temperature on cell wall formation. At the restrictive temperature of 37 degrees C, the Sec 19-1 mutants had 37 micrograms/mg N-acetylglucosamine in the wall cells, while the wild type S. cerevisiae(More)
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