Guillermo Vázquez

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Transient Receptor Potential-Canonical (TRPC) channels are mammalian homologs of Transient Receptor Potential (TRP), a Ca(2+)-permeable channel involved in the phospholipase C-regulated photoreceptor activation mechanism in Drosophila. The seven mammalian TRPCs constitute a family of channels which have been proposed to function as store-operated as well as(More)
During an island-wide PCR-based surveillance study of beta-lactam resistance in multidrug-resistant (MDR) Escherichia coli, Klebsiella pneumoniae, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, and Acinetobacter calcoaceticus-baumannii complex isolates obtained from 17 different hospitals, 10 KPC-positive Acinetobacter isolates were identified. DNA sequencing of the bla(KPC) gene(More)
Studies on the mechanism of activation of canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) channels have often yielded conflicting results. In the current study, we have investigated the influence of expression level on the mode of regulation of TRPC3 channels. At relatively low levels of expression in DT40 chicken B-lymphocytes, TRPC3 was activated by the(More)
The canonical transient receptor potential (TRPC) cation channels are mammalian homologs of the photoreceptor channel TRP in Drosophila melanogaster. All seven TRPCs (TRPC1 through TRPC7) can be activated through Gq/11 receptors or receptor tyrosine kinase (RTK) by mechanisms downstream of phospholipase C. The last decade saw a rapidly growing interest in(More)
Mammalian Trp proteins are candidates for plasma membrane calcium channels regulated by receptor activation or by intracellular calcium store depletion [capacitative calcium entry (CCE)]. One extensively investigated member of the Trp family, the human Trp3 (hTrp3), behaves as a receptor-activated, calcium-permeable, nonselective cation channel when(More)
Conformational coupling with the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate (IP3) receptor has been suggested as a possible mechanism of activation of TRPC3 channels and a region in the C terminus of TRPC3 has been shown to interact with the IP3 receptor as well as calmodulin (calmodulin/IP3 receptor-binding (CIRB) region). Here we show that internal deletion of 20 amino(More)
In ROS 17/2.8 rat osteoblastic-like cells a capacitative Ca(2+) entry (CCE) pathway operates which is activated by either 1alpha,25-dihydroxy-vitamin D3 (1alpha,25(OH)(2)D3 or thapsigargin (Tpg)-induced depletion of Ca(2+) stores. In view of recent evidence favoring a role for transient receptor potential (TRP) proteins in mediating CCE, we investigated if(More)
RATIONALE Upregulation of endothelial vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM)-1 and the subsequent increase in monocyte recruitment constitute critical events in atherogenesis. We have recently shown that in human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAECs) regulated expression of VCAM-1 depends, to a significant extent, on expression and function of the(More)
During a 6-month period, 37/513 (7.2%) Pseudomonas aeruginosa isolates belonging to 13 pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (PFGE) groups from Puerto Rican hospitals were carbapenem nonsusceptible. Seven of 37 isolates from four PFGE groups carried bla(IMP-18), and 25/37 isolates from seven PFGE groups carried bla(KPC). The results indicated the clonal spread(More)
The phosphatidylinositol-3-kinase (PI3K)/AKT axis and the Nuclear Factor kappa B (NFκB) pathway play critical roles in macrophage survival. In cells other than macrophages proper operation of those two pathways requires Ca²(+) influx into the cell, but if that is the case in macrophages remains unexplored. In the present work we used THP-1-derived(More)