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The present study aimed to identify the presence of protein kinase C-like (PKC-like) in Leishmania amazonensis and to elucidate its possible role in the modulation of the (Na(+)+K(+))ATPase activity. Immunoblotting experiments using antibody against a consensus sequence (Ac 543-549) of rabbit protein kinase C (PKC) revealed the presence of a protein kinase(More)
We show that MDCK I cells express, besides the classical (Na(+)+K(+))ATPase, a Na(+)-stimulated ATPase activity with the following characteristics: (1) K(0.5) for Na(+) 7.5+/-1.5 mM and V(max) 23.12+/-1.1 nmol Pi/mg per min; (2) insensitive to 1 mM ouabain and 30 mM KCl; and (3) inhibited by furosemide and vanadate (IC(50) 42.1+/-8.0 and 4.3+/-0.3 microM,(More)
Our aim was to determine the presence of sodium pumps in Entamoeba histolytica. It is shown through the measurement of ouabain-sensitive ATPase activity and immunoblotting that E. histolytica does not express (Na(+)+K(+))ATPase. On the other hand, we observed a Na(+)-ATPase with the following characteristics: (1) stimulated by Na(+) or K(+), but these(More)
myo-inositol is a growth factor for mammalian cells as well as for the pathogenic protozoa Trypanosoma cruzi. Most of the cell surface molecules in this organism rely on myo-inositol as the biosynthetic precursor for phosphoinositides and glycosylated phosphatidylinositols. The aim of this work was to investigate the process of myo-inositol translocation(More)
Angiotensin II (Ang II) plays an important role in the regulation of the T-cell response during inflammation. However, the cellular mechanisms underlying the regulation of lymphocytes under physiologic conditions have not yet been studied. Here, we tested the influence of Ang II on T-cell migration using T cells from BALB/c mice. The results obtained in(More)
Rhythmic changes in activity following a circadian schedule have been described for several enzymes. The possibility of circadian changes in Na,K-ATPase activity was studied in homogenates of rat kidney cortex cells. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were kept on a schedule of 12h light (06:00-18:00 h) and 12 h darkness (18:00-06:00 h) for 2 weeks. At the end of the(More)
Renal proximal tubule cells have a remarkable ability to reabsorb large quantities of albumin through megalin-mediated endocytosis. This is an essential process for overall body homeostasis. Overstressing this endocytic system with a prolonged excess of albumin is injurious to proximal tubule cells. How these cells function and protect themselves from(More)
In recent decades, evidence has confirmed the crucial role of albumin in the progression of renal disease. However, the possible role of signaling pathways triggered by physiologic concentrations of albumin in the modulation of proximal tubule (PT) sodium reabsorption has not been considered. In the present work, we have shown that a physiologic(More)
Albumin endocytosis in renal proximal tubule cells is a clathrin- and receptor-mediated mechanism that, in several pathophysiological conditions, is involved in initiating or promoting tubule-interstitial disease. Although much work has been done on this pathway, the regulation of albumin endocytosis in proximal tubule cells is not well understood. Here, we(More)
We showed previously that angiotensin-(1-7) [Ang-(1-7)] reversed stimulation of proximal tubule Na+-ATPase promoted by angiotensin II (Ang II) through a D-ala(7)-Ang-(1-7) (A779)-sensitive receptor. Here we investigated the signaling pathway coupled to this receptor. According to our data, Ang-(1-7) produces a MAS-mediated reversal of Ang II-stimulated(More)