Antonio Leyte

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The role of heterotrimeric G-proteins on the formation of constitutive secretory vesicles (CSVs) and immature secretory granules (ISGs) from the trans-Golgi network (TGN) of PC12 cells was investigated. Using immunofluorescence and subcellular fractionation in conjunction with immunoblotting or ADP-ribosylation by either pertussis toxin or cholera toxin,(More)
Non-hydrolysable analogues of GTP, such as GTP gamma S and GMP-PNP, have previously been shown to inhibit the formation of constitutive secretory vesicles (CSVs) and immature secretory granules (ISGs) from the trans-Golgi network (TGN). Using a cell-free system, we show here that the formation of these vesicles is also inhibited by [A1F4]-, a compound known(More)
The acidic region of the Factor VIII light chain was studied with regard to structural requirements for the formation of a functional von Willebrand factor (vWF)-binding site. Factor VIII mutants lacking the B domain, with additional deletions and an amino acid replacement within the sequence 1649-1689 were constructed using site-directed mutagenesis and(More)
This prospective randomised control study is to demonstrate whether or not there is a clinical benefit from inserting a Wallis implant on the functional recovery of patients who have undergone lumbar decompression surgery. Sixty consecutive patients with an average age of 58 years (34–81) who were selected for primary lumbosacral decompression were randomly(More)
BACKGROUND In critically ill patients, heparin-induced thrombocytopenia (HIT) is estimated to account for approximately 1 to 10% of all causes of thrombocytopenia. HIT exerts a strong procoagulant state. In case of suspected HIT, it is an important clinical decision to stop heparin and start treatment with alternative nonheparin anticoagulation, awaiting(More)
The interaction between human Factor VIII and immobilized multimeric von Willebrand Factor (vWF) was characterized. Equilibrium binding studies indicated the presence of multiple classes of Factor VIII-binding sites on vWF. The high-affinity binding (Kd = 2.1 x 10(-10) M) was restricted to only 1-2% of the vWF subunits. Competition studies with monoclonal(More)
We have established that a recombinant von Willebrand Factor (vWF) mutant (vWFdelpro) that lacks the propolypeptide, in contrast with mature wild-type vWF, with which it is identical in terms of primary amino acid sequence, is not able to form a complex with Factor VIII. Wild-type vWF (flvWF) and vWFdelpro were expressed in AtT-20 cells. Under the culture(More)
Among the proteins regulating vesicular traffic, the small, Ras-like GTPases have received particular attention. Several recent reports indicate that another class of GTP-binding (G) protein, the heterotrimeric G proteins, also participates in the regulation of vesicular traffic. Thus, studies using transfected cells and cell-free systems show that a(More)
Recombinant factor VIII variants with overlapping deletions spanning the region Lys713-Ile1668 have been expressed in mammalian cells, and analysed for biological activity both in vitro and in vivo. Two distinct assay systems were used to measure the activity in vitro. The one-stage coagulation assay served to assess factor VIII procoagulant activity while(More)