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Intraerythrocytic malaria parasites produce vast amounts of lactic acid through glycolysis. While the egress of lactate is very rapid, the mode of extrusion of H+ is not known. The possible involvement of a Na+/H+ antiport in the extrusion of protons across the plasma membrane of Plasmodium falciparum has been investigated by using the fluorescent pH probe(More)
In erythrocytes, the regulation of the redox sensitive Tyr phosphorylation of band 3 and its functions are still partially defined. A role of band 3 oxidation in regulating its own phosphorylation has been previously suggested. The current study provides evidences to support this hypothesis: (i) in intact erythrocytes, at 2 mM concentration of GSH, band 3(More)
Plasmodium falciparum-parasitized erythrocytes (RBCs) are progressively transformed into non-self cells, phagocytosed by human monocytes. Haemichromes, aggregated band 3 (Bd3) and membrane-bound complement fragment C3c and IgG were assayed in serum-opsonized stage-separated parasitized RBCs. All parameters progressed from control to rings to trophozoites to(More)
The 911 amino acid band 3 (SLC4A1) is the major intrinsic membrane protein of red cells and is the principal Cl-/HCO3- exchanger. The N-terminal cytoplasmic domain of band 3 anchors the spectrin-based membrane skeleton to the lipid bilayer through its interaction with ankyrin and also binds glycolytic enzymes and hemoglobin. We identified a son of a(More)
PURPOSE Since changes in protein phosphorylation are a common feature of cancer cells, we analyzed phosphoproteins in the tissue and urine of patients with bladder cancer and assessed the diagnostic relevance of abnormally phosphorylated proteins as tumor markers. MATERIALS AND METHODS Enrolled in this study were 66 patients and 82 healthy volunteers.(More)
BACKGROUND β-thalassemic syndromes are inherited red cell disorders characterized by severe ineffective erythropoiesis and increased levels of reactive oxygen species whose contribution to β-thalassemic anemia is only partially understood. DESIGN AND METHODS We studied erythroid precursors from normal and β-thalassemic peripheral CD34(+) cells in(More)
Haemolytic crises occurring in G6PD-deficient individuals after ingestion of fava beans (favism) are much less frequent than in the past. However, favism is a unique natural model of oxidant damage in vivo, useful for the study of senescent or damaged red blood cells (RBC) clearance from circulation. The following aspects have been considered: 1.(More)
Apolipoproteins are very heterogeneous protein family, implicated in plasma lipoprotein structural stabilization, lipid metabolism, inflammation, or immunity. Obtaining detailed information on apolipoprotein composition and structure may contribute to elucidating lipoprotein roles in atherogenesis and to developing new therapeutic strategies for the(More)
The antiviral drug ribavirin (RBV) is widely used in combination with interferon (IFN) in the treatment of chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection. A major side effect of RBV is a reversible hemolytic anemia. We have evaluated the in vitro effects of RBV on erythrocyte adenosine triphosphate (ATP) content and on hexosemonophosphate shunt (HMS). The ATP(More)
Human monocyte-derived macrophages ingest diamide-treated red blood cells (RBC), anti-D immunoglobulin (Ig)G-opsonized RBC, or Plasmodium falciparum ring-stage parasitized RBC (RPRBC), degrade ingested hemoglobin rapidly, and can repeat the phagocytic cycle. Monocytes fed with trophozoite-parasitized RBC (TPRBC), which contain malarial pigment, or fed with(More)