Itzel López-Rosas

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In higher eukaryotes, mRNA degradation and RNA-based gene silencing occur in cytoplasmic foci referred to as processing bodies (P-bodies). In protozoan parasites, the presence of P-bodies and their putative role in mRNA decay have yet to be comprehensively addressed. Identification of P-bodies might provide information on how mRNA degradation machineries(More)
UNLABELLED Actin cytoskeleton is an essential structure involved in cell migration and invasion in parasites. In Entamoeba histolytica, the protozoan parasite causing human amoebiasis, the mechanisms underlying the expression of migration-related genes are poorly understood. Here, we investigated the biological effects of ectopic overexpression of EhPC4(More)
Pyruvate carboxylase (PC) is a biotin-dependent enzyme that plays a crucial role in gluconeogenesis, lipogenesis, Krebs cycle anaplerosis and amino acid catabolism. Biotin deficiency reduces its mass besides its activity. Enzyme mass is the result of its cellular turnover, i.e., its rates of synthesis and degradation. We have now investigated, by a pulse(More)
Although extraordinary rapid advance has been made in the knowledge of mechanisms regulating messenger RNA (mRNA) metabolism in mammals and yeast, little information is known in deep-branching eukaryotes. The complete genome sequence of Entamoeba histolytica, the protozoan parasite responsible for human amoebiasis, provided a lot of information for the(More)
UNLABELLED In higher eukaryotic cells mRNA degradation initiates by poly(A) tail shortening catalyzed by deadenylases CAF1 and CCR4. In spite of the key role of mRNA turnover in gene expression regulation, the underlying mechanisms remain poorly understood in parasites. Here, we aimed to study the function of EhCAF1 and identify associated proteins in(More)
DEAD/DExH-box RNA helicases catalyze the folding and remodeling of RNA molecules in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells, as well as in many viruses. They are characterized by the presence of the helicase domain with conserved motifs that are essential for ATP binding and hydrolysis, RNA interaction, and unwinding activities. Large families of DEAD/DExH-box(More)
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