David Rodríguez

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Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is the most frequent leukemia in adults. We have analyzed exome sequencing data from 127 individuals with CLL and Sanger sequencing data from 214 additional affected individuals, identifying recurrent somatic mutations in POT1 (encoding protection of telomeres 1) in 3.5% of the cases, with the frequency reaching 9% when(More)
The biological roles of the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) have been traditionally associated with the degradation and turnover of most of the components of the extracellular matrix (ECM). This functional misconception has been used for years to explain the involvement of the MMP family in developmental processes, cell homeostasis and disease, and led to(More)
Proteomics encompasses powerful techniques termed 'degradomics' for unbiased high-throughput protease substrate discovery screens that have been applied to an important family of extracellular proteases, the matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs). Together with the data generated from genetic deletion and transgenic mouse models and genomic profiling, these(More)
The function of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) can be modulated by a number of endogenous allosteric molecules. In this study, we used molecular dynamics, radioligand binding, and thermostability experiments to elucidate the role of the recently discovered sodium ion binding site in the allosteric modulation of the human A(2A) adenosine receptor,(More)
With the recent crystallization of several G Protein-Coupled receptors (GPCRs), homology modelling and all atom molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have proven their usefulness for exploring the structure and function of this superfamily of membrane receptors. Subsequently, automated computational protocols have been implemented as web-based servers in the(More)
Post-translational modifications enable extra layers of control of the proteome, and perhaps the most important is proteolysis, a major irreversible modification affecting every protein. The intersection of the protease web with a proteome sculpts that proteome, dynamically modifying its state and function. Protease expression is distorted in cancer, so(More)
Oleandomycin, a macrolide antibiotic produced by Streptomyces antibioticus, contains two sugars attached to the aglycon: L-oleandrose and D-desosamine. oleY codes for a methyltransferase involved in the biosynthesis of L-oleandrose. This gene was overexpressed in Escherichia coli to form inclusion bodies and in Streptomyces lividans, producing a soluble(More)
Endplate cartilage integrity is critical to spine health and is presumably impaired by deterioration in biochemical composition. Yet, quantitative relationships between endplate biochemical composition and biomechanical properties are unavailable. Using endplate cartilage harvested from human lumbar spines (six donors, ages 51-67 years) we showed that(More)
The three cloned galanin receptors show a higher affinity for galanin than for galanin N-terminal fragments. Galanin fragment (1-15) binding sites were discovered in the rat Central Nervous System, especially in dorsal hippocampus, indicating a relevant role of galanin fragments in central galanin communication. The hypothesis was introduced that these(More)
The application of terahertz time-domain spectroscopy (THz-TDS) and imaging to differentiate flat and curved surfaces in reflection via the THz Gouy phase shift is demonstrated. For a THz-TDS system that is aligned for reflection from a flat surface, the presence of a curved surface displaces the image focal plane from the detector plane, resulting in a(More)