Antonio Liras

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A review of the proteinaceous machinery involved in protein sorting pathways and protein folding and assembly in mitochondria and peroxisomes is presented. After considering the various sorting pathways and targeting signals of mitochondrial and peroxisomal proteins, we make a comparative dissection of the protein factors involved in: i) the stabilization(More)
It has been long since French physician Jean-Baptiste Denys carried out the first successful blood transfusion to a human being. Using bird feathers as canules, sheep blood was transfused to a young man. The patient died soon after Denys' treatment and Denys was accused of murder. In the XXI century, known as the biotechnology century, we face new(More)
INTRODUCTION Alzheimer's disease is characterized by a general and progressive dementia and by the presence of beta-amiloide deposits. OBJECTIVE The levels of neuronal nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and protein kinase C (PKC), and the relationship between these proteins, the free-radical theory and the high level of beta-amiloide in Alzheimer's disease, have(More)
There is much to be investigated about the specific characteristics of stem cells and about the efficacy and safety of the new drugs based on this type of cells, both embryonic as adult stem cells, for several therapeutic indications (cardiovascular and ischemic diseases, diabetes, hematopoietic diseases, liver diseases). Along with recent progress in(More)
We studied the effects of L-carnitine treatment in the acyl flux of erythrocyte membranes from uremic patients. We found a significantly lower relative proportion of long-chain acyl-CoA (LCCoA) to free CoA (FCoA) in patients than in control subjects. In addition, patients had reduced activities of both carnitine palmitoyltransferase (CPT) and(More)
The period between isolation of HIV in the early 1980s and the development of effective viral inactivation procedures able to eradicate the virus from the blood supply was long and unfortunately many recipients of blood-derived products became infected; this translated into a devastating impact on their quality of life, quality of care as well as on their(More)
Human induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) have revolutionized the stem cell field. These iPSCs from somatic cells have been reprogrammed with the introduction of transcription factors and are capable to differentiate into cells from all three germ layers. These strategies require retrovirus transduction or transfection of plasmid vectors strategy without(More)
This study examined the temporal relationships of endothelin-1-stimulated rabbit platelets tyrosine phosphorylated proteins. The effect of endothelin-1 on tyrosine phosphorylation was dose- and time-dependent and caused a rapid tyrosine phosphorylation of three groups of proteins in the molecular mass range 70-100 kDa, 100-150 kDa and 150-200 kDa.(More)
High-purity plasma-derived and recombinant factors are currently safe and efficient treatment for haemophilia. The mid-term future of haemophilia treatment will involve the use of modified recombinant factors to achieve advantages such as decreased immunogenicity in inhibitor formation and enhanced efficacy as a result of their longer half-life. In the(More)
Current treatment of joint cartilage lesions is based either on conventional techniques (bone marrow stimulation, osteochondral autograft or allograft transplantation) or on newly developed techniques (chondrocyte implantation and those based on cell therapy that use bioreactors, growth factors, mesenchymal stem cells [MSCs] and genetically modified cells).(More)