Daniel Muñoz-Espín

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Recent discoveries are redefining our view of cellular senescence as a trigger of tissue remodelling that acts during normal embryonic development and upon tissue damage. To achieve this, senescent cells arrest their own proliferation, recruit phagocytic immune cells and promote tissue renewal. This sequence of events - senescence, followed by clearance and(More)
Cellular senescence disables proliferation in damaged cells, and it is relevant for cancer and aging. Here, we show that senescence occurs during mammalian embryonic development at multiple locations, including the mesonephros and the endolymphatic sac of the inner ear, which we have analyzed in detail. Mechanistically, senescence in both structures is(More)
The transcription factor Spo0A is a master regulator for entry into sporulation in Bacillus subtilis and also regulates expression of the virulent B. subtilis phage phi29. Here, we describe a novel function for Spo0A, being an inhibitor of DNA replication of both, the phi29 genome and the B. subtilis chromosome. Binding of Spo0A near the phi29 DNA ends,(More)
Remarkably little is known about the in vivo organization of membrane-associated prokaryotic DNA replication or the proteins involved. We have studied this fundamental process using the Bacillus subtilis phage phi29 as a model system. Previously, we demonstrated that the phi29-encoded dimeric integral membrane protein p16.7 binds to ssDNA and is involved in(More)
A number of prokaryotic proteins have been shown to contain nuclear localization signals (NLSs), although its biological role remains sometimes unclear. Terminal proteins (TPs) of bacteriophages prime DNA replication and become covalently linked to the genome ends. We predicted NLSs within the TPs of bacteriophages from diverse families and hosts and,(More)
Little is known about the organization or proteins involved in membrane-associated replication of prokaryotic genomes. Here we show that the actin-like MreB cytoskeleton of the distantly related bacteria Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis is required for efficient viral DNA replication. Detailed analyses of B. subtilis phage ϕ29 showed that the MreB(More)
The mechanism leading to protein-primed DNA replication has been studied extensively in vitro. However, little is known about the in vivo organization of the proteins involved in this fundamental process. Here we show that the terminal proteins (TPs) of phages ϕ29 and PRD1, infecting the distantly related bacteria Bacillus subtilis and Escherichia coli,(More)
Prokaryotic DNA replication is compartmentalized at the cellular membrane. Functional and biochemical studies showed that the Bacillus subtilis phage 29-encoded membrane protein p16.7 is directly involved in the organization of membrane-associated viral DNA replication. The structure of the functional domain of p16.7 in complex with DNA, presented here,(More)
During the course of evolution, viruses have learned to take advantage of the natural resources of their hosts for their own benefit. Due to their small dimension and limited size of genomes, bacteriophages have optimized the exploitation of bacterial host factors to increase the efficiency of DNA replication and hence to produce vast progeny. The Bacillus(More)
Background: The brain, despite the blood-brain barrier, does not escape to the highly variable host rejection response mediated by a very strong and complex immune reaction when rat glioma cells are transplanted into the adult animal. Methods:Crosses were performed among parents that are able or enable to reject a well-known brain tumor cell line (C6).(More)