Claudia Patricia Spampinato

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Agents that inhibit Hsp90 function hold significant promise in cancer therapy. Here we present PU24FCl, a representative of the first class of designed Hsp90 inhibitors. By specifically and potently inhibiting tumor Hsp90, PU24FCl exhibits wide-ranging anti-cancer activities that occur at similar doses in all tested tumor types. Normal cells are 10- to(More)
Mismatch repair (MMR) system maintains genome integrity by correcting mispaired or unpaired bases which have escaped the proofreading activity of DNA polymerases. The basic features of the pathway have been highly conserved throughout evolution, although the nature and number of the proteins involved in the mechanism vary from prokaryotes to eukaryotes and(More)
Deleterious effects of UV-B radiation on DNA include the formation of cyclobutane pyrimidine dimers (CPDs) and pyrimidine (6-4) pyrimidone photoproducts (6-4PPs). These lesions must be repaired to maintain the integrity of DNA and provide genetic stability. Of the several repair systems involved in the recognition and removal of UV-B-induced lesions in DNA,(More)
ANTI-SILENCING FUNCTION1 (ASF1) is a key histone H3/H4 chaperone that participates in a variety of DNA- and chromatin-related processes, including DNA repair, where chromatin assembly and disassembly are of primary relevance. Information concerning the role of ASF1 proteins in the post-ultraviolet (UV) response in higher plants is currently limited. In(More)
One of the major limitations when attempting to obtain detailed biochemical, biophysical and immunological characterization of plant DNA mismatch repair proteins is their extremely low abundance in vivo under normal growth conditions. An initial analysis of PMS1 transcript level in various Arabidopsis thaliana tissues was carried out by quantitative(More)
The genus Candida includes about 200 different species, but only a few species are human opportunistic pathogens and cause infections when the host becomes debilitated or immunocompromised. Candida infections can be superficial or invasive. Superficial infections often affect the skin or mucous membranes and can be treated successfully with topical(More)
Soybean germplasm exhibits various levels of resistance to Fusarium tucumaniae, the main causal agent of sudden death syndrome (SDS) of soybean in Argentina. In this study, two soybean genotypes, one susceptible (NA 4613) and one partially resistant (DM 4670) to SDS infection, were inoculated with F. tucumaniae. Disease symptoms were scored at 7, 10, 14,(More)
The different aggregational states of maize and wheat NADP-malic enzyme as affected by pH, temperature and various metabolites have been studied by the combined use of intersubunit crosslinking and denaturing polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The association/dissociation equilibrium is a pH-dependent process: pH values above 8.0 promote the tetramer(More)
The kinetic mechanism of NADP-dependent malic enzyme purified from maize leaves was studied in the physiological direction. Product inhibition and substrate analogues studies with 3' aminopyridine dinucleotide phosphate and tartrate indicate that the enzyme reaction follows a sequential ordered Bi-Ter kinetic mechanism. NADP is the leading substrate(More)
Incubation of maize (Zea mays) leaf NADP-malic enzyme with monofunctional and bifunctional N-substituted maleimides results in an irreversible inactivation of the enzyme. Inactivation by the monofunctional reagents, N-ethylmaleimide (NEM) and N-phenylmaleimide, followed pseudo-first-order kinetics. The maximum inactivation rate constant for phenylmaleimide(More)