Beatriz Domingo

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The glitazones or thiazolidinediones are ligands of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma (PPARgamma). The glitazones are used in the treatment of diabetes, regulate adipogenesis, inflammation, cell proliferation, and induce apoptosis in several cancer cell types. High grade astrocytomas are rapidly growing tumors derived from astrocytes, for(More)
Simultaneous control of different functions by calcium signals is possible because of subcellular compartmentalization. Targeted chemiluminescent Ca2+ probes, such as aequorins (AEQs) are optimal for detecting signals originating in different subcellular domains, but imaging is difficult because of low photon yield causing poor spatiotemporal resolution. To(More)
Ca2+ monitoring with aequorin is an established bioluminescence technique, whereby the photoprotein emits blue light when it binds to Ca2+. However, aequorin’s blue emission and low quantum yield limit its application for in vivo imaging because blue-green light is greatly attenuated in animal tissues. In earlier work, aequorin was molecularly fused with(More)
Sprouty2 has been widely implicated in the negative regulation of the fibroblast growth factor receptor-extracellular regulated kinase (ERK) pathway. Sprouty2 directly interacts with the adapter protein Grb2, member of the receptor tyrosine kinase-induced signaling pathways. In considering the functional role of Grb2, we investigated whether the interaction(More)
Imaging fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) between molecules labeled with fluorescent proteins is emerging as a powerful tool to study changes in ions, ligands, and molecular interactions in their physiological cellular environment. Different methods use either steady-state fluorescence properties or lifetime to quantify the FRET rate. In(More)
The NS3/4A protease from hepatitis C virus (HCV) plays a key role in viral replication. We report a system for monitoring the activity of this enzyme in single living mammalian cells. We constructed a fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET) probe that consists of an enhanced cyan fluorescent protein-citrine fusion, with a cleavage site for HCV NS3/4A(More)
The mechanism by which pathogenic mutations in the globular domain of the cellular prion protein (PrP(C)) increase the likelihood of misfolding and predispose to diseases is not yet known. Differences in the evidences provided by structural and metabolic studies of these mutants suggest that in vivo folding could be playing an essential role in their(More)
Membrane protein function is determined by the relative organization of the protein domains with respect to the membrane. We have experimentally verified the topology of a protein with diverse orientations arising from a single primary sequence (the cellular prion protein, PrPC), a novel somatostatin truncated receptor, and the Golgi-associated protein(More)
Estrogens are steroid hormones with many systemic effects in addition to development and maintenance of the female reproductive system, and ligands of estrogen receptors are of clinical importance because of their use as oral contraceptive, hormone replacement and antitumoral therapy. In addition, tumoral tissues have been found to express aromatase and(More)
Calcium-activated photoproteins, such as aequorin, have been used as luminescent Ca2+ indicators since 1967. After the cloning of aequorin in 1985, microinjection was substituted by its heterologous expression, which opened the way for a widespread use. Molecular fusion of green fluorescent protein (GFP) to aequorin recapitulated the nonradiative energy(More)
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