Antonio S. Tutor

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The G protein-coupled receptor kinases (GRKs) participate with arrestins in the regulation and signal propagation of multiple G protein-coupled receptors (GPCR) of key physiological and pharmacological relevance in the cardiovascular system. The complex mechanisms of regulation of GRK expression, degradation and function are being unveiled gradually. The(More)
OBJECTIVE Antibodies specific for the beta1-adrenergic receptor (beta1AR) are highly prevalent in patients with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and known to contribute to the pathogenesis of heart failure, though the precise molecular mechanisms involved are largely unknown. METHODS We have explored the effects of beta(1)AR autoantibodies obtained(More)
A central issue of myogenesis is the acquisition of identity by individual muscles. In Drosophila, at the time muscle progenitors are singled out, they already express unique combinations of muscle identity genes. This muscle code results from the integration of positional and temporal signalling inputs. Here we identify, by means of loss-of-function and(More)
Drosophila nephrocytes are functionally homologous to vertebrate kidney podocytes. Both share the presence of slit diaphragms that function as molecular filters during the process of blood and haemolymph ultrafiltration. The protein components of the slit diaphragm are likewise conserved between flies and humans, but the mechanisms that regulate slit(More)
To investigate the potential involvement of adrenergic signaling in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis, we performed genetic and functional studies of genes initiating the cascade. We chose two functional single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the beta1-adrenergic receptor (ADRB1) and the G protein beta3 subunit (GNB3) genes, respectively, and(More)
Nitric oxide (NO) is essential for vascular homeostasis and is also a critical modulator of angiogenesis; however, the molecular mechanisms of NO action during angiogenesis remain elusive. We have investigated the potential relationship between NO and membrane type 1-matrix metalloproteinase (MT1-MMP) during endothelial migration and capillary tube(More)
We identify a new mechanism for the beta(1)-adrenergic receptor (beta(1)AR)-mediated regulation of human ether-a-go-go-related gene (HERG) potassium channel (Kv11.1). We find that the previously reported modulatory interaction between Kv11.1 channels and 14-3-3epsilon proteins is competed by wild type beta(1)AR by means of a novel interaction between this(More)
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