Héctor Torres

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This work contains the first description of a guanidino kinase in a flagellar unicellular parasite. The enzyme phosphorylates L-arginine and was characterized in preparations from Trypanosoma cruzi, the ethiological agent of Chagas' disease. The activity requires ATP and a divalent cation. Under standard assay conditions (1 mM L-arginine), the presence of(More)
A nitric oxide synthase was partially purified from soluble extracts of Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigote forms. The conversion of L-arginine to citrulline by this enzyme activity required NADPH and was blocked by EGTA. The reaction was activated by Ca2+, calmodulin, tetrahydrobiopterin, and FAD, and inhibited by N omega-methyl-L-arginine. L-Glutamate and(More)
A very specific L-arginine transporter showing high affinity has been characterized in Trypanosoma cruzi epimastigotes. Uptake was found to be dependent on L-arginine concentration and it was saturable. Values for maximum velocity and Km ranged between 48.1-57.5 pmol.min-1 per 3 x 10(7) cells and between 4.2-5.5 microM, respectively. The calculated(More)
The complete cDNA sequence corresponding to the genomic RNA of a South American strain of potato virus X (PVXc) is reported. The sequence (6432 nucleotides) contains five open reading frames coding for polypeptides with molecular weights of 165.3, 24.3, 12.3, 7.6 and 25.0 and displays an overall homology of 77.4% with those previously reported for two(More)
Cytochrome P450 hemoproteins (CYPs) are involved in the synthesis of endogenous compounds such as steroids, fatty acids and prostaglandins as well as in the activation and detoxification of foreign compounds including therapeutic drugs. Cytochrome P450 reductase (CPR, E.C. transfers electrons from NADPH to a number of hemoproteins such as CYPs,(More)
AIMS To establish a reliable and rapid protocol to simultaneously obtain high quality DNA from an infected host plant and the infecting pathogen. To develop an accurate and sensitive low-cost assay for the quantification and in planta monitoring of Phytophthora infestans growth. METHODS AND RESULTS In this study, we describe a SYBR Green-based(More)
Compartmentalization of cAMP phosphodiesterases plays a key role in the regulation of cAMP signalling in mammals. In the present paper, we report the characterization and subcellular localization of TcPDE1, the first cAMP-specific phosphodiesterase to be identified from Trypanosoma cruzi. TcPDE1 is part of a small gene family and encodes a 929-amino-acid(More)
Poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase (PARP) is a nuclear enzyme present in most eukaryotes and has been involved in processes such as DNA repair and gene expression. The poly(ADP-ribose) polymer (PAR) is mainly catabolised by poly(ADP-ribose) glycohydrolase. Here, we describe the cloning and characterisation of a PARP from Trypanosoma cruzi (TcPARP). The recombinant(More)
Trypanosoma cruzi adenylyl cyclases are encoded by a large polymorphic gene family. Although several genes have been identified in this parasite, little is known about the properties and regulation of these enzymes. Here we report the cloning and characterization of TczAC, a novel member of T. cruzi adenylyl cyclase family. The TczAC gene is expressed in(More)
Molecular properties of Neurospora soluble protein kinase and cyclic AMP binding activities have been determined. Cyclic AMP-dependent Peak I kinase activity with a molecular weight of 118 000 is composed of two subunits, catalytic and regulatory, having molecular weights of 55 000 and 57 000, respectively. Cyclic AMP-independent Peak II kinase activity has(More)