Ernesto Méndez

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A novel type 2 ribosome-inactivating protein (RIP) that we named ebulin 1 has been isolated from leaves of Sambucus ebulus L. (Caprifoliaceae). In vitro ebulin 1 strongly inhibited protein synthesis by rabbit reticulocyte lysates, rat brain, and rat liver cell-free systems but did not affect in vitro plant nor bacterial protein synthesis. Ebulin 1 is(More)
Human astroviruses are an important cause of gastroenteritis. As part of a molecular epidemiological study carried out in Mexico a human astrovirus isolate, Yuc-8, was adapted to grow in CaCo-2 cells, and its entire genome was sequenced. A 15 amino acid deletion in ORF1a, which has been associated with adaptation of astroviruses to grow in cells other than(More)
A new sulfur-rich and basic polypeptide, designated as gamma-hordothionin, has been isolated from barley endosperm by a semi-preparative purification consisting of extraction with a volatile salt solution followed by high-performance liquid chromatography using a reversed-phase C4 column. The isolated polypeptide was found to be homogeneous by(More)
In this work, we have identified the heat shock cognate protein (hsc70) as a receptor candidate for rotaviruses. hsc70 was shown to be present on the surface of MA104 cells, and antibodies to this protein blocked rotavirus infectivity, while not affecting the infectivity of reovirus and poliovirus. Preincubation of the hsc70 protein with the viruses also(More)
The complete assignment of the proton NMR spectra of the homologous gamma 1-hordothionin and gamma 1-purothionin (47 amino acids, 4 disulfide bridges) from barley and wheat, respectively, has been performed by two-dimensional sequence-specific methods. A total of 299 proton-proton distance constraints for gamma 1-H and 285 for gamma 1-P derived from NOESY(More)
The penicillin acylase (PAC) from Kluyvera citrophila ATCC21285 has been purified to homogeneity and found to be composed of two non-identical subunits of 23 and 62 kDa, in contrast with the previous findings [Shimizu et al., Agr. Biol. Chem. 39 (1975) 1655-1661]. The nucleotide (nt) sequence of the K. citrophila pac gene contained in the 3-kb PvuI-HindIII(More)
A neuroblastoma protein related to the brain microtubule-associated protein, MAP-1B, as determined by immunoprecipitation and coassembly with brain microtubules, becomes phosphorylated when N2A mouse neuroblastoma cells are induced to generate microtubule-containing neurites. To characterize the protein kinases that may be involved in this in vivo(More)
BACKGROUND Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies are associated with a structural transition in the prion protein that results in the conversion of the physiological PrPc to pathological PrP(Sc). We investigated whether this conformational transition can be inhibited and reversed by peptides homologous to the PrP fragments implicated in the abnormal(More)
A new family of single chain (type 1) ribosome-inactivating proteins (RIPs), that we have named ebulitins, have been found in mature leaves of Sambucus ebulus L., a caprifoliaceae plant also known to contain a non-toxic two chain (type 2) RIP named ebulin I in its leaves. Ebulitins are basic proteins of M(r) 32,000, 29,000 and 29,000 for ebulitins alpha,(More)
The gene encoding protein p72, the major structural protein of African swine fever virus and one of the most immunogenic proteins in natural infection has been mapped and sequenced. The gene was mapped by using oligonucleotide probes deduced from amino acid sequences of tryptic peptides obtained from purified protein p72. This allowed the location of the(More)