Andrés Salas-Casas

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We analyzed the expression and location of EhRabB in clone L-6, a phagocytosis-deficient mutant of Entamoeba histolytica, in comparison with the wild-type clone A. Intriguingly, trophozoites of clone L-6 express more EhRabB than those of clone A. However, the majority of EhRabB-containing vesicles remained in the cytoplasm of clone L-6 during phagocytosis.(More)
Transcription initiation is the most regulated stage for the control of gene expression. This event requires that a complex of proteins called transcription factors bind to DNA through cis-regulatory elements located in the gene promoters. However, little is known about transcription regulation in Entamoeba histolytica, the protozoan parasite responsible(More)
ClC chloride channels perform a wide variety of physiological functions and they had been characterized in animals, yeast, plants and bacteria but not in protozoa. By blast search we found in Entamoeba histolytica, the protozoan responsible for human amoebiasis, two genes (Ehclc-A and Ehclc-B) encoding for putative polypeptides with 25-30% identity to ClC(More)
Calcium has an important role on signaling of different cellular processes in the protozoa parasite Entamoeba histolytica, including development and pathogenesis. However, the systems that control calcium responses in this parasite are incompletely understood. Calcium-ATPases (Ca(2+)-ATPases) are proteins that play an important role in calcium homeostasis(More)
Vesicular trafficking, which is implicated in secretion of cytolytic molecules as well as in phagocytosis, plays an important role in the pathogenic mechanism of Entamoeba histolytica, the protozoan parasite causative of human amoebiasis. Thus, Rab GTPases, that are key regulators of vesicle trafficking, should be considered as molecules involved in the(More)
It has been described that the pathogenicity of Entamoeba histolytica is influenced by environmental conditions and that transcription profile changes occur during invasion, suggesting that gene expression may be involved in the virulence of this parasite. However, the molecular mechanisms that are implicated in the control of gene expression in this(More)
The aim of the present study was to determine the effect of moderate exercise on the production and secretion of IgA in mouse duodenum, on lymphocyte levels in the lamina propria, and on gene expression encoding for cytokines that regulate the synthesis of α-chain of IgA and the expression of pIgR in the lamina propria. Two groups of young Balb/c mice were(More)
Genome analysis of Entamoeba histolytica predicts the presence of acetyl-CoA carboxylase. Using Western blot, histochemistry, and confocal microscopy, we demonstrated the presence of a biotin-containing protein in the cytoplasm of E. histolytica, with a molecular weight of 136 kDa and biotin–carboxylase activity. This protein probably corresponds to a(More)
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