Gonzalo Mazzei

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Proteins of the Bcl-2 family are intracellular membrane-associated proteins that regulate programmed cell death (apoptosis) either positively or negatively by as yet unknown mechanisms. Bax, a pro-apoptotic member of the Bcl-2 family, was shown to form channels in lipid membranes. Bax triggered the release of liposome-encapsulated carboxyfluorescein at both(More)
Bcl-2 family members either promote or repress programmed cell death. Bax, a death-promoting member, is a pore-forming, mitochondria-associated protein whose mechanism of action is still unknown. During apoptosis, cytochrome C is released from the mitochondria into the cytosol where it binds to APAF-1, a mammalian homologue of Ced-4, and participates in the(More)
Immunoglobulin E (IgE) is central to the induction of allergic diseases through its binding to the high-affinity receptor (Fc epsilon R1) on mast cells and basophils. Crosslinking by allergens of the bound IgE leads to the release of various inflammatory mediators. IgE production by B cells requires a physical interaction with T cells, involving a number of(More)
Bcl-2 family members either promote or repress programmed cell death. Bax, a death-promoting member, is a pore-forming, mitochondria-associated protein whose mechanism of action is still unknown. During apoptosis, cytochrome C is released from the mitochondria into the cytosol where it binds to APAF-1, a mammalian homologue of Ced-4, and participates in the(More)
CD40 ligand (CD40L) is expressed on the surface of activated CD4+ T cells, basophils, and mast cells. Binding of C40L to its receptor, CD40, on the surface of B cells stimulates B cell proliferation, adhesion and differentiation. A preparation of soluble, recombinant CD40L (Tyr-45 to Leu-261), containing the full-length 29-kDa protein and two smaller(More)
Polyclonal antisera to the phospholipid/Ca2+-dependent protein kinase have been used to study the distribution of the enzyme in identified neurons of several brain regions. The results indicated that the enzyme was concentrated in synaptic terminals of mossy fibers, Golgi II neurons and Purkinje neurons in the cerebellum, and in granule cell terminals in(More)
Crude extracts of a multiply peptidase-deficient strain of Salmonella typhimurium contain an aminopeptidase that specifically removes N-terminal methionine from peptides. This activity shows pronounced specificity for the peptide's second amino acid. Methionine is removed from peptides with alanine, threonine, or glycine in this position but not when the(More)
Antisera against phospholipid/Ca2+-dependent protein kinase (protein kinase C) were raised in rabbits. Immunospecificity of the polyclonal antibodies, as determined by immunoblot and ELISA, was shown by their reactivity to the enzyme but not to other protein kinases or any of many other proteins tested. Immunocytochemical localization of the kinase in rat(More)
Cd2+ was found to mimic effectively, potentiate and antagonize the stimulatory action of Ca2+ on myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) and phospholipid-sensitive Ca2+-dependent protein kinase (PL-Ca-PK, or protein kinase C). PL-Ca-PK, however, was slightly less sensitive to Cd2+ regulation than was MLCK. Cd2+ also biphasically regulates (i.e., stimulation(More)