Alfonso León-Del-Río

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Pit-1, a member of the POU domain family of transcription factors, characterized by a bipartite DNA-binding domain, serves critical developmental functions based on binding to diverse DNA elements in its target genes. Here we report a high resolution X-ray analysis of the Pit-1 POU domain bound to a DNA element as a homodimer. This analysis reveals that(More)
The role of biotin as cofactor of carboxylases and its importance in metabolic homeostasis are well known. In recent years, different researchers have suggested the participation of biotin as a regulator molecule in the control of gene expression. Biotin-dependent gene expression requires of the transformation of biotin into biotinyl-5'-AMP by(More)
Holocarboxylase synthetase (HCS) catalyses the biotinylation of the four biotin-dependent carboxylases found in humans. A deficiency in HCS results in biotin-responsive multiple carboxylase deficiency (MCD). We have identified six different point mutations in the HCS gene in nine patients with MCD. Two of the mutations are frequent among the MCD patients(More)
Biotin-dependent enzymes play an essential role in the metabolism of all organisms. Their biotinylation is catalyzed by holoenzyme synthetases, which attach a biotin molecule to a specific lysine residue on the apoenzymes. The sequence flanking the biotin binding site is highly conserved among biotin-dependent enzymes. This sequence conservation might be(More)
We investigated in a patient with holocarboxylase synthetase deficiency, the relation between the biochemical and genetic factors of the mutant protein with the pharmacokinetic factors of successful biotin treatment. A girl exhibited abnormal skin at birth, and developed in the first days of life neonatal respiratory distress syndrome and metabolic(More)
Holocarboxylase synthetase (HCS) catalyzes the biotinylation of the four biotin-dependent carboxylases in human cells. Patients with HCS deficiency lack activity of all four carboxylases, indicating that a single HCS is targeted to the mitochondria and cytoplasm. We isolated 21 human HCS cDNA clones, in four size classes of 2.0-4.0 kb, by complementation of(More)
Holocarboxylase synthetase (HCS) catalyzes the covalent attachment of biotin to five biotin-dependent carboxylases in human cells. Multiple carboxylase deficiency (MCD) is a life-threatening disease characterized by the lack of carboxylase activities because of deficiency of HCS activity. Here, we report the obligatory participation of HCS in the(More)
Holocarboxylase synthetase (HCS) catalyzes the biotinylation of five carboxylases in human cells, and mutations of HCS cause multiple carboxylase deficiency (MCD). Although HCS also participates in the regulation of its own mRNA levels, the relevance of this mechanism to normal metabolism or to the MCD phenotype is not known. In this study, we show that(More)
Estrogen receptor α (ERα) mediates the effects of 17β-estradiol (E2) in normal mammary gland, and it is a key participant in breast cancer tumor development. ERα transactivation activity is mediated by the synergistic interaction of two domains designated AF1 and AF2. The function of AF2 is to recruit coactivator and corepressor proteins that allow ERα to(More)
Tristetraprolin (TTP) is a 34-kDa, zinc finger-containing factor that in mammalian cells acts as a tumor suppressor protein through two different mechanisms. In the cytoplasm TTP promotes the decay of hundreds of mRNAs encoding cell factors involved in inflammation, tissue invasion, and metastasis. In the cell nucleus TTP has been identified as a(More)