Ana José Moreno-Ortega

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The novel Ca(2+) channel CALHM1 (Calcium Homeostasis Modulator 1) generates cytosolic Ca(2+) transients ([Ca(2+)](c)) that regulate the production of amyloid beta (Abeta). Its mutated channel P86L-CALHM1 has been associated to Alzheimer's disease (AD). Using cytosolic- and mitochondrial-targeted aequorins, we have investigated here whether mitochondria(More)
In recent years, the antitumoral activity of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs) has been the goal of many research studies. Among AMPs, gomesin (Gm) displays antitumor activity by unknown mechanisms. Herein, we studied the cytotoxicity of Gm in the Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cell line. Furthermore, we investigated the temporal ordering of organelle changes and(More)
Positive allosteric modulation of α7 isoform of nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (α7-nAChRs) is emerging as a promising therapeutic approach for central nervous system disorders such as schizophrenia or Alzheimer's disease. However, its effect on Ca(2+) signaling and cell viability remains controversial. This study focuses on how the type II positive(More)
The augmentation of neurotransmitter and hormone release produced by ouabain inhibition of plasmalemmal Na+/K+-ATPase (NKA) is well established. However, the mechanism underlying this action is still controversial. Here we have shown that in bovine adrenal chromaffin cells ouabain diminished the mobility of chromaffin vesicles, an indication of greater(More)
The steroid Na(+)/K(+) ATPase (NKA) blocker ouabain has been shown to exhibit pro-apoptotic effects in various cell systems; however, the mechanism involved in those effects is unclear. Here, we have demonstrated that incubation of HeLa cells during 24h with nanomolar concentrations of ouabain or digoxin causes apoptotic death of 30-50% of the cells.(More)
CALHM1 is a Ca(2+) channel discovered in 2008, which plays a key role in the neuronal electrical activity, among other functions. However, there are no known efficient blockers able to modulate its Ca(2+) handling ability. We herein describe that benzothiazepine CGP37157 and its newly synthesized analogue ITH12575 reduced Ca(2+) influx through CALHM1 at low(More)
The mitochondrial Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger plays an important role in the control of cytosolic Ca(2+) cycling in excitable cells, essential for the regulation of a plethora of Ca(2+)-dependent physio-pathological events, such as apoptosis in the presence of a Ca(2+) overload. There are very few pharmacological tools available to study both physiological and(More)
Mitochondria regulate cellular Ca(2+) oscillations, taking up Ca(2+) through its uniporter and releasing it through the mitochondrial sodium/calcium exchanger. The role of mitochondria in the regulation of Ca(2+) cycle has received much attention recently, as it is a central stage in neuronal survival and death processes. Over the last decades, the(More)
The present study was planned to investigate the action of pregabalin on voltage-dependent Ca(2+) channels (VDCCs) and novel targets (fusion pore formed between the secretory vesicle and the plasma membrane, exocytotic machinery, and mitochondria) that would further explain its inhibitory action on neurotransmitter release. Electrophysiological recordings(More)
The present study was planned to investigate the action of pregabalin on voltage-dependent Ca channels (VDCCs) and novel targets (fusion pore formed between the secretory vesicle and the plasma membrane, exocytotic machinery, and mitochondria) that would further explain its inhibitory action on neurotransmitter release. Electrophysiological recordings in(More)