Esther García-Fernández

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Cholesterol degradation plays a prominent role in Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection; therefore, to develop new tools to combat this disease, we need to decipher the components comprising and regulating the corresponding pathway. A TetR-like repressor (KstR) regulates the upper part of this complex catabolic pathway, but the induction mechanism remains(More)
Degradation of the cholesterol side-chain in Mycobacterium tuberculosis is initiated by two cytochromes P450, CYP125A1 and CYP142A1, that sequentially oxidize C26 to the alcohol, aldehyde and acid metabolites. Here we report characterization of the homologous enzymes CYP125A3 and CYP142A2 from Mycobacterium smegmatis mc(2) 155. Heterologously expressed,(More)
OBJECTIVES Streptococcus pneumoniae is becoming increasingly antibiotic resistant worldwide and new antimicrobials are urgently needed. Our aim was new chimeric phage endolysins, or lysins, with improved bactericidal activity by swapping the structural components of two pneumococcal phage lysozymes: Cpl-1 (the best lysin tested to date) and Cpl-7S. (More)
Drug-loaded nanoparticles (NPs) can improve infection treatment by ensuring drug concentration at the right place within the therapeutic window. Poly(lactic-co-glycolic acid) (PLGA) NPs are able to enhance drug localization in target site and to sustainably release the entrapped molecule, reducing the secondary effects caused by systemic antibiotic(More)
A double approach was followed in the search of novel inhibitors of the surface choline-binding proteins (CBPs) of Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) with antimicrobial properties. First, a library of 49 rationally-designed esters of alkyl amines was screened for their specific binding to CBPs. The best binders, being esters of bicyclic amines (EBAs),(More)
The C-19 steroids 4-androstene-3,17-dione (AD), 1,4-androstadiene-3,17-dione (ADD) or 9α-hydroxy-4-androstene-3,17-dione (9OH-AD), which have been postulated as intermediates of the cholesterol catabolic pathway in Mycobacterium smegmatis, cannot be used as sole carbon and energy sources by this bacterium. Only the ΔkstR mutant which constitutively(More)
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