Araceli Díaz-Perales

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We have identified and cloned 22 human cDNAs encoding novel members of the ubiquitin-specific protease (USP) family. Eighteen of the identified proteins contain all structural features characteristic of these cysteine proteinases, whereas four of them have been classified as non-peptidase homologues. Northern blot analysis demonstrated that the identified(More)
BACKGROUND Peach is the most important fruit related to food allergy in the Mediterranean area. Pru p 3, its lipid transfer protein, has been described as the principal allergen responsible for cross-reactivities with other foods and pollen and the severity of clinical symptoms. However, the involvement of other allergenic families cannot be ruled out.(More)
Plant non-specific LTPs (lipid transfer proteins) form a protein family of basic polypeptides of 9 kDa ubiquitously distributed throughout the plant kingdom. The members of this family are located extracellularly, usually associated with plant cell walls, and possess a broad lipid-binding specificity closely related to their three-dimensional structure. The(More)
BACKGROUND Lipid-transfer proteins (LTPs), but not Bet v 1 homologues, have been identified as major allergens of apple and peach in the Rosaceae fruit-allergic population in the Mediterranean area. Many of these patients show cosensitization to mugwort pollen. LTPs have an ubiquitous distribution in tissues of many plant species, and have been proposed as(More)
Several members of the plant non-specific lipid transfer protein (LTP) family have been identified as relevant allergens in foods and pollens. These allergens are highly resistant to both heat treatment and proteolytic digestion. These characteristics have been related with the induction of severe systemic reactions in many patients, and with the(More)
BACKGROUND Cross-reactions between latex and plant foods (mainly fruits) have been widely reported. Although the cross-reactive components have not been well identified, class I chitinases seem to be the most credible candidates in chestnut, avocado, and banana. OBJECTIVE We sought to evaluate the potential role of chitinases and complex glycans as(More)
We have cloned and characterized a human brain cDNA encoding a new metalloprotease that has been called aminopeptidase O (AP-O). AP-O exhibits a series of structural features characteristic of aminopeptidases, including a conserved catalytic domain with a zinc-binding site (HEXXHX18E) that allows its classification in the M1 family of metallopeptidases or(More)
BACKGROUND Several foods associated with the latex-fruit syndrome present relevant allergens of around 30 kd. Neither these components nor any other responsible for the reported cross-reactions have been identified and purified. OBJECTIVE We sought to isolate and characterize the 30 kd allergens from avocado fruit and chestnut seed, two of the main(More)
BACKGROUND Lipid-transfer proteins (LTPs) have been identified as major allergens of Rosaceae fruits in populations living in areas virtually free of Fagales trees, such as several Mediterranean communities. Pru p 3 and Mal d 3, the allergens from peach and apple, respectively, have a main clinical relevance in these areas. OBJECTIVE To isolate and(More)
Lipid transfer proteins (LTPs) are the major allergens of Rosaceae fruits in the Mediterranean area. Pru p 3, the LTP and major allergen of peach, is a suitable model for studying food allergy and amino acid sequences related with its IgE-binding capacity. In this work, we sought to map IgE mimotopes on the structure of Pru p 3, using the combination of a(More)