Areli Cruz-Castañeda

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Entamoeba histolytica is a human pathogen which can grow using different sources of iron such as free iron, lactoferrin, transferrin, ferritin or haemoglobin. In the present study, we found that E. histolytica was also capable of supporting its growth in the presence of haem as the sole iron supply. In addition, when trophozoites were maintained in cultures(More)
Hemoglobin-binding proteins are necessary for pathogens to obtain iron from Hb. Entamoeba histolytica can grow using Hb as source of iron, but the underlying mechanism has not previously been established. In this work, we identified a 45 kDa Hb-binding protein of E. histolytica, which we named Ehhmbp45. In silico analysis showed that Ehhmbp45 contains the(More)
The capability of Entamoeba histolytica to use hemoglobin (Hb) as an iron source has been documented. However, the underlying mechanism to acquire iron from this source is poorly understood. In the present work, an in silico analysis in the E. histolytica genome (Pathema database) allowed us to identify a gene coding for a putative 26-kDa protein (Ehhmbp26)(More)
FrpB1 is a novel membrane protein of Helicobacter pylori that is capable of binding both haem and haemoglobin but consistently shows more affinity for haem. The mRNA levels of frpB1 were repressed by iron and lightly modulated by haem or haemoglobin. The overexpression of the frpB1 gene supported cellular growth when haem or haemoglobin were supplied as the(More)
For many years, several studies have been employing lectin from vegetables in order to prove its toxic effect on various cell lines. In this work, we analyzed the cytotoxic, antiproliferative, and post-incubatory effect of pure tepary bean lectins on four lines of malignant cells: C33-A; MCF-7; SKNSH, and SW480. The tests were carried out employing MTT and(More)
Entamoeba histolytica is a human pathogen, which can survive using haemoglobin (Hb) as only iron supply. Two probable haemophores (Ehhmbp26 and Ehhmbp45) are involved in iron acquisition in this parasite. However, mechanisms related to their transcriptional regulation have not been studied yet. In the present work, transcriptional profiles of both genes(More)
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