Dolores Pérez Díaz

Learn More
Protein-glycosaminoglycan interactions are essential in many biological processes and human diseases, yet how their recognition occurs is poorly understood. Eosinophil cationic protein (ECP) is a cytotoxic ribonuclease that interacts with glycosaminoglycans at the cell surface; this promotes the destabilization of the cellular membrane and triggers ECP's(More)
The interactions of simple carbohydrates with aromatic moieties have been investigated experimentally by NMR spectroscopy. The analysis of the changes in the chemical shifts of the sugar proton signals induced upon addition of aromatic entities has been interpreted in terms of interaction geometries. Phenol and aromatic amino acids (phenylalanine, tyrosine,(More)
Diseases that result from infection are, in general, a consequence of specific interactions between a pathogenic organism and the cells. The study of host-pathogen interactions has provided insights for the design of drugs with therapeutic properties. One area that has proved to be promising for such studies is the constituted by carbohydrates which(More)
Specific interactions between molecules, including those produced by a given solute, and the surrounding solvent are essential to drive molecular recognition processes. A simple molecule such as benzene is capable of recognizing and differentiating among very similar entities, such as methyl 2,3,4,6-tetra-O-methyl-alpha-D-galactopyranoside (alpha-Me(5)Gal),(More)
The effects of lysine N(epsilon)-trimethylation at selected positions of the antimicrobial cecropin A-melittin hybrid peptide KWKLFKKIGAVLKVL-amide have been studied. All five monotrimethylated, four bis-trimethylated plus the per-trimethylated analogues have been synthesized and tested for antimicrobial activity on Leishmania parasites and on Gram-positive(More)
Molecular mimicry is an essential part of the development of drugs and molecular probes. In the chemical glycobiology field, although many glycomimetics have been developed in the past years, it has been considered that many failures in their use are related to the lack of the anomeric effects in these analogues. Additionally, the origin of the anomeric(More)
Penetrating injuries in the base of the neck are considered to be the most dangerous due to the potential combination of vascular and intrathoracic lesions. We describe an extremely rare case of combined injury of the trachea and innominate artery, which resulted in formation of a traumatic acute tracheoinnominate fistula. Previously, these fistulas have(More)
Structural elucidation of complex carbohydrates in solution is not a trivial task. From the NMR view point, the limited chemical shift dispersion of sugar NMR spectra demands the combination of a variety of NMR techniques as well as the employment of molecular modeling methods. Herein, a general protocol for assignment of resonances and determination of(More)
Sugar function, structure and dynamics are intricately correlated. Ring flexibility is intrinsically related to biological activity; actually plasticity in L-iduronic rings modulates their interactions with biological receptors. However, the access to the experimental values of the energy barriers and free-energy difference for conformer interconversion in(More)
  • 1