Francisco Javier Ortíz-López

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The antifungal therapy caspofungin is a semi-synthetic derivative of pneumocandin B0, a lipohexapeptide produced by the fungus Glarea lozoyensis, and was the first member of the echinocandin class approved for human therapy. The nonribosomal peptide synthetase (NRPS)-polyketide synthases (PKS) gene cluster responsible for pneumocandin biosynthesis from G.(More)
Three new cyclic tetrapeptides (1-3) have been isolated from the crude fermentation extract of Onychocola sclerotica. The planar structures of 1-3 were elucidated by detailed spectroscopic analyses using one- and two-dimensional NMR experiments and high-resolution mass spectrometry. The absolute configuration of the amino acid residues in each(More)
A new naphthopyrone derivative, lasionectrin (1), was isolated from fermentations of an Acremonium-like fungus provisionally identified as a Lasionectria sp. (Ascomycota, Hypocreales) and isolated from forest leaf litter from Equatorial Guinea. Its structure was determined by a combination of spectroscopic techniques, including UV, (+)-HRESIMS, and 1D and(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) and Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), are neurodegenerative disorders characterized by loss of dopaminergic or motor neurons, respectively. Although understanding of the PD and ALS pathogenesis remains incomplete, increasing evidence from human and animal studies has suggested that aberrant GSK3β, oxidative stress and(More)
Sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P) is a bioactive lipid which regulates proliferation, cell migration, survival and differentiation by specific receptors activation. We studied its effects on L-BMAA treated neuroblastoma cells (SH-SY5Y), an amino acid that can trigger neurodegenerative diseases such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis/Parkinson dementia complex(More)
Colisporifungin (1), a cyclic depsilipopeptide structurally related to the aselacins, and cavinafungins A and B, two linear peptides, were isolated from liquid culture broths of the hitherto unstudied fungus Colispora cavincola using a Candida albicans whole-cell assay as well as a bioassay to detect compounds potentiating the antifungal activity of(More)
The HPLC enantiomeric separation of the racemic cularinoid alkaloids N-p-methoxy-1,alpha-dihydroaristoyagonine (1) and 4',5'-demethoxy-1,alpha-dihydroaristoyagonine (2) was accomplished using five chiral stationary phases (CSPs), some of them polysaccharide-derived ones. The molecular size and conjugative effect strongly affect the different(More)
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