Elena Ana López Jiménez

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Mycobacterium tuberculosis is a major human pathogen and the causative agent for the pulmonary disease, tuberculosis (TB). Current treatment programs to combat TB are under threat due to the emergence of multi-drug and extensively-drug resistant TB. As part of our efforts towards the discovery of new anti-tubercular leads, a number of potent(More)
To counter the global threat caused by Plasmodium falciparum malaria, new drugs and vaccines are urgently needed. However, there are no practical animal models because P. falciparum infects human erythrocytes almost exclusively. Here we describe a reliable falciparum murine model of malaria by generating strains of P. falciparum in vivo that can infect(More)
The effect of the muscarinic receptors agonist carbachol (Cch) on intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca(2+)](i)) and cAMP level was studied in polarized Fischer rat thyroid (FRT) epithelial cells. Cch provoked a transient increase in [Ca(2+)](i), followed by a lower sustained phase. Thapsigargin, a specific microsomal Ca(2+)-ATPase inhibitor, caused a(More)
Traditional crop varieties are adapted to low inputs of fertilizers, pesticides, and water. In addition, biofuel from local vegetal biomass stimulates the economy in depressed rural areas. Biofuels also contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Here, we tested the suitability of traditional maize varieties as solid biofuel. We cultivated(More)
Placental dysfunction is involved in a group of obstetrical conditions including preeclampsia, intrauterine growth restriction, and placental abruption. Their timely and accurate recognition is often a challenge since diagnostic criteria are still based on nonspecific signs and symptoms. The discovering of the role of angiogenic-related factors(More)
The effect of carbachol (Cch) on intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca2+]i) in eel enterocytes was examined using the fluorescent Ca2+ indicator fura-2. Cch caused a biphasic increase in [Ca2+]i, with an initial spike followed by a progressively decreasing level (over 6 min) to the initial, pre-stimulated, level. The effect of Cch was dose-dependent with(More)
A specific and saturable binding site for [3H]N-methyl-scopolamine ([3H]NMS) was observed in plasma membrane of Fischer rat thyroid (FRT) cells with an equilibrium dissociation constant (K(d)) of 0.11 +/- 0.02 nM and a concentration of receptor sites (B(max)) of 14.1 +/- 3.9 fmol/mg protein. Pharmacological characterization of this binding site using(More)
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