Jaime J Smith

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DMT1 (divalent metal transporter; also known as SLC11A2, DCT1 or Nramp2) is responsible for ferrous iron uptake in the duodenum, iron exit from endosomes during the transferrin cycle and some transferrin-independent iron uptake in many cells. Four protein isoforms differ by starting in exon 1A or 2 and ending with alternative peptides encoded by mRNA that(More)
The tarantula venom peptides ProTx-I and ProTx-II inhibit voltage-gated sodium channels by shifting their voltage dependence of activation to a more positive potential, thus acting by a mechanism similar to that of potassium channel gating modifiers such as hanatoxin and VSTX1. ProTx-I and ProTx-II inhibit all sodium channel (Nav1) subtypes tested with(More)
Voltage-gated Na(+) channels are critical components in the generation of action potentials in excitable cells, but despite numerous structure-function studies on these proteins, their gating mechanism remains unclear. Peptide toxins often modify channel gating, thereby providing a great deal of information about these channels. ProTx-II is a 30-amino acid(More)
Arginine methylation is a post-translational modification found mostly in RNA-binding proteins. Poly(A)-binding protein II from calf thymus was shown by mass spectrometry and sequencing to contain NG, NG-dimethylarginine at 13 positions in its amino acid sequence. Two additional arginine residues were partially methylated. Almost all of the modified(More)
Sea anemone toxins, whose biological function is the capture of marine prey, are invaluable tools for studying the structure and function of mammalian voltage-gated sodium channels. Their high degree of specificity and selectivity have allowed for detailed analysis of inactivation gating and assignment of molecular entities responsible for this process.(More)
It has been shown recently that polypeptide toxins that modulate the gating properties of voltage-sensitive cation channels are able to bind to phospholipid membranes, leading to the suggestion that these toxins are able to access a channel-binding site that remains membrane-restricted (Lee, S.-Y., and MacKinnon, R. (2004) Nature 430, 232-235). We therefore(More)
Mojave toxin is a neurotoxic, heterodimeric phospholipase A2 (PLA2) from the venom of the Mojave rattlesnake (Crotalus scutulatus scutulatus) and is characteristic of all rattlesnake presynaptic neurotoxins. Here, we describe a phospholipase A2 pseudogene (psi-Mtx) located 2,000 nucleotides upstream, and on the opposite DNA strand, from a gene for Mojave(More)
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