J. Jesús Casas

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Most drugs currently used for human therapy interact with proteins, altering their activity to modulate the pathological cell physiology. In contrast, 2-hydroxy-9-cis-octadecenoic acid (Minerval) was designed to modify the lipid organization of the membrane. Its structure was deduced following the guidelines of the mechanism of action previously proposed by(More)
Heterotrimeric G proteins are peripheral membrane proteins that propagate signals from membrane receptors to regulatory proteins localized in distinct cellular compartments. To facilitate signal amplification, G proteins are in molar excess with respect to G protein-coupled receptors. Because G proteins are capable of translocating from membrane to cytosol,(More)
Mediterranean fluvial ecosystems are subjected to ever-increasing water demands and to a wide variety of other human impacts with potential negative effects on riparian vegetation. Nevertheless, few studies have compared the importance of human versus natural factors in structuring riparian vegetation in this region, particularly in semi-arid areas. We(More)
Minerval is an oleic acid synthetic analogue that impairs lung cancer (A549) cell proliferation upon modulation of the plasma membrane lipid structure and subsequent regulation of protein kinase C localization and activity. However, this mechanism does not fully explain the regression of tumours induced by this drug in animal models of cancer. Here we show(More)
A water quality study was carried out on 40 irrigation ponds located within the main greenhouse areas on the Almería coast, placing special emphasis on the factors controlling the oxygen dynamics, a relevant aspect with agricultural and environmental implications. Considering chemical, physical and biological water characteristics, agricultural irrigation(More)
The aim of the current research was to assess the possible influence of copper sulphate contamination on the antioxidant enzymatic defenses and lipid peroxidation (LPO) in the mosquitofish (Gambusia holbrooki). Quadruplicated lots of this fish were exposed to three increasing sub-lethal concentrations of Cu (0.10; 0.17 and 0.25mgCu/L) and a control without(More)
We have recently reported that lipid structure regulates the interaction with membranes, recruitment to membranes, and distribution to membrane domains of heterotrimeric Galphabetagamma proteins, Galpha subunits, and Gbetagamma dimers (J Biol Chem 279:36540-36545, 2004). Here, we demonstrate that modulation of the membrane structure not only determines G(More)
The recently discovered anticancer drug Minerval (2-hydroxy-9-cis-octadecenoic acid) is a synthetic fatty acid that modifies the structure of the membrane. This restructuring facilitates the recruitment of protein kinase C (PKC) alpha to membranes and is associated with the antineoplastic activity of Minerval in cellular and animal models of cancer.(More)
Most drugs currently used for human therapy interact with proteins, altering their activity to modulate the pathological cell physiology. In contrast, 2-hydroxy-9-cis-octadecenoic acid (Minerval) was designed to modify the lipid organization of the membrane. Its structure was deduced following the guidelines of the mechanism of action previously proposed by(More)
We compared morphometric and physico-chemical characteristics of farm ponds and natural wetlands in Andalusia (southern Spain) to determine whether artificial waterbodies might act as alternative and/or complementary habitats for aquatic biodiversity. Farm ponds were much smaller than natural wetlands, making them unsuitable for species requiring large(More)