Cristina Escribano

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The protein kinase C (PKC) Ser/Thr kinases account for approximately 2% of the human kinome and regulate diverse cellular behaviors. PKC catalytic activity requires priming phosphorylations at three conserved sites within the kinase domain. Here we demonstrate that priming of PKC is dependent on the conformation of the nucleotide binding pocket but not on(More)
The protein kinase TOR (target of rapamycin) is a key regulator of cell growth and metabolism with significant clinical relevance. In mammals, TOR signals through two distinct multi-protein complexes, mTORC1 and mTORC2 (mammalian TOR complex 1 and 2 respectively), the subunits of which appear to define the operational pathways. Rapamycin selectively targets(More)
Dendritic cell (DC) migration to secondary lymphoid organs is a critical step to properly exert its role in immunity and predominantly depends on the interaction of the chemokine receptor CCR7 with its ligands CCL21 and CCL19. Polysialic acid (PSA) has been recently reported to control CCL21-directed migration of mature DCs. Here, we first demonstrate that(More)
Chemokines control several cell functions in addition to chemotaxis. Although much information is available on the involvement of specific signaling molecules in the control of single functions controlled by chemokines, especially chemotaxis, the mechanisms used by these ligands to regulate several cell functions simultaneously are completely unknown.(More)
Accumulating evidence suggests that evening-type adolescents are exposed to a number of determinants that might have a negative impact on their health condition. Despite the fact that biological and psychosocial factors are interrelated, their impacts on the shift toward eveningness during puberty have been considered only separately. In this study, the(More)
In this study, we have investigated the role of CD69, an early inducible leukocyte activation receptor, in murine dendritic cell (DC) differentiation, maturation, and migration. Skin DCs and DC subsets present in mouse lymphoid organs express CD69 in response to maturation stimuli. Using a contact sensitization model, we show that skin DCs migrated more(More)
Interest to investigate daily fluctuations in cognitive tasks, so-called "school-rhythms", lies in exploring the most favourable time-of-day for learning considering the analysis of variations in performance taking into account individual differences. The aim of this study was to describe daily fluctuations in attention at three different times of the(More)
Chemokine receptor CCR7 regulates chemotaxis and survival in mature dendritic cells (DCs). We studied the role of glycogen synthase kinase-3beta (GSK3beta) in the regulation of CCR7-dependent survival. We show that GSK3beta behaves as a proapoptotic regulator in cultured monocyte-derived human DCs and murine splenic DCs in vitro, and in lymph node DCs in(More)
Research has shown that thinking styles could have an influence on academic achievement. Previous studies have described that evening types are usually right-thinkers who tend to be creative and intuitive, whereas morning types tend to be left-thinkers who prefer verbal and analytic strategies in processing information. However, these studies have been(More)
Alpha-crystallin, one of the major proteins in the vertebrate eye lens, acts as a molecular chaperone, like the small heat-shock proteins, by protecting other proteins from denaturing under stress or high temperature conditions. alpha-Crystallin aggregation is involved in lens opacification, and high [Ca(2+)] has been associated with cataract formation,(More)