Francisco J. Dieguez-Acuna

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Renal tubular epithelial cells are largely resistant to oxidant-induced injury despite their capacity to accumulate relatively high concentrations of potentially damaging prooxidant and thiol-depleting agents. In the present study, we tested the hypothesis that such resistance may be attributable to a lack or deficiency of signaling transduction pathways(More)
Mercuric ion (Hg(2+)), one of the strongest thiol-binding agents known, mediates the toxicity associated with elemental, inorganic, and organic mercurial compounds. Studies of cellular events associated with Hg(2+) toxicity have focused largely on disruption of cell membranes and impairment of mitochondrial functions. In contrast, few studies have sought to(More)
Nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappaB) is a thiol-dependent transcriptional factor that promotes cell survival and protects cells from apoptotic stimuli. Numerous studies have demonstrated increased sensitivity to apoptosis associated with inhibition of NF-kappaB activation in various cell types. We have previously demonstrated that mercuric ion (Hg(2+)), one(More)
The adult spleen harbors a population of naturally occurring multipotent stem cells of non-lymphoid lineage (CD45-). In animal models, these splenic stem cells can directly or indirectly contribute to regeneration of bone, inner ear, cranial nerves, islets, hearts and salivary glands. Here we characterize the CD45- stem cell proteome to determine its(More)
Major analytical challenges encountered by shotgun proteome analysis include both the diversity and dynamic range of protein expression. Often new instrumentation can provide breakthroughs in areas where other analytical improvements have not been successful. In the current study, we utilized new instrumentation (LTQ FT) to characterize complex protein(More)
Activation of muscarinic receptors leads to proliferation of astroglial cells and this effect is inhibited by ethanol. Among the intracellular pathways involved in the mitogenic action of muscarinic agonists, activation of the atypical protein kinase C zeta (PKC zeta) appears to be of most importance, and is also affected by low ethanol concentrations. PKC(More)
Mercuric ion (Hg(2+)), a potent thiol inhibitor, prevents expression of nuclear factor kappaB (NF-kappaB) by mercaptide bond formation with a critical cysteine moiety (cys(62)) on the p50 subunit required for DNA binding. NF-kappaB-DNA binding is typically measured in reaction mixtures in which dithiothreitol (DTT) or other thiol reductants are used to(More)
Nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kappaB), a pleiotropic transcriptional factor that promotes cell survival and protects cells from apoptosis, requires reduced thiols at critical steps in its activation pathway. Mercuric ion (Hg(2+)), one of the strongest thiol-binding agents known, impairs NF-kappaB activation and transcriptional activity in normal rat kidney(More)
Major analytical challenges encountered by shotgun proteome analysis include both the diversity and dynamic range of protein expression. Often new instrumentation can provide breakthroughs in areas where other analytical improvements have not been successful. In the current study, we utilized new instrumentation (LTQ FT) to characterize complex protein(More)
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