Carlos Rodríguez-Caso

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Biogenic amines are organic polycations derived from aromatic or cationic amino acids. All of them have one or more positive charges and a hydrophobic skeleton. Nature has evolved these molecules to play different physiological roles in mammals, but maintains similar patterns for their metabolic and intracellular handling. As deduced from this review, many(More)
Two genes are called synthetic lethal (SL) if mutation of either alone is not lethal, but mutation of both leads to death or a significant decrease in organism's fitness. The detection of SL gene pairs constitutes a promising alternative for anti-cancer therapy. As cancer cells exhibit a large number of mutations, the identification of these mutated genes'(More)
Mature, active mammalian histidine decarboxylase is a dimeric enzyme of carboxy-truncated monomers (approximately 53 kDa). By using a biocomputational approach, we have generated a three-dimensional model of a recombinant 1/512 fragment of the rat enzyme, which shows kinetic constants similar to those of the mature enzyme purified from rodent tissues. This(More)
We use a modeling and simulation approach to carry out an in silico analysis of the metabolic pathways involving arginine as a precursor of nitric oxide or polyamines in aorta endothelial cells. Our model predicts conditions of physiological steady state, as well as the response of the system to changes in the control parameter, external arginine(More)
Polyamines and histamine are biogenic amines with multiple biological roles. In spite of the evidence for the involvement of both polyamines and histamine metabolism impairment in several highly prevalent pathological conditions, multiple questions concerning the molecular processes behind these effects remain to be elucidated. More comprehensive and(More)
(–)-Epigallocatechin-3-gallate, an antiproliferative and antiangiogenic component of green tea, has been reported to inhibit dopa decarboxylase. In this report, we show that this compound also inhibits histidine decarboxylase, the enzymic activity responsible for histamine biosynthesis. This inhibition was proved by a double approach, activity measurements(More)
Cells are the building blocks of biological complexity. They are complex systems sustained by the coordinated cooperative dynamics of several biochemical networks. Their replication, adaptation and computational features emerge as a consequence of appropriate molecular feedbacks that somehow define what life is. As the last decades have brought the(More)
Hierarchy seems to pervade complexity in both living and artificial systems. Despite its relevance, no general theory that captures all features of hierarchy and its origins has been proposed yet. Here we present a formal approach resulting from the convergence of theoretical morphology and network theory that allows constructing a 3D morphospace of(More)
Polyamines are considered as essential compounds in living cells, since they are involved in cell proliferation, transcription, and translation processes. Furthermore, polyamine homeostasis is necessary to cell survival, and its deregulation is involved in relevant processes, such as cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. Great efforts have been made to(More)
Within the field of synthetic biology, a rational design of genetic parts should include a causal understanding of their input-output responses-the so-called transfer function-and how to tune them. However, a commonly adopted strategy is to fit data to Hill-shaped curves without considering the underlying molecular mechanisms. Here we provide a novel(More)