Jesús Tejero

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Neuroglobin is a highly conserved hemoprotein of uncertain physiological function that evolved from a common ancestor to hemoglobin and myoglobin. It possesses a six-coordinate heme geometry with proximal and distal histidines directly bound to the heme iron, although coordination of the sixth ligand is reversible. We show that deoxygenated human(More)
The low barometric pressure at high altitude causes lower arterial oxygen content among Tibetan highlanders, who maintain normal levels of oxygen use as indicated by basal and maximal oxygen consumption levels that are consistent with sea level predictions. This study tested the hypothesis that Tibetans resident at 4,200 m offset physiological hypoxia and(More)
On the basis of sequence and three-dimensional structure comparison between Anabaena PCC7119 ferredoxin-NADP(+) reductase (FNR) and other reductases from its structurally related family that bind either NADP(+)/H or NAD(+)/H, a set of amino acid residues that might determine the FNR coenzyme specificity can be assigned. These residues include Thr-155,(More)
Nitric-oxide synthases (NOS) are catalytically self-sufficient flavo-heme enzymes that generate NO from arginine (Arg) and display a novel utilization of their tetrahydrobiopterin (H(4)B) cofactor. During Arg hydroxylation, H(4)B acts as a one-electron donor and is then presumed to redox cycle (i.e. be reduced back to H(4)B) within NOS before further(More)
Plant nonsymbiotic hemoglobins possess hexacoordinate heme geometry similar to that of the heme protein neuroglobin. We recently discovered that deoxygenated neuroglobin converts nitrite to nitric oxide (NO), an important signaling molecule involved in many processes in plants. We sought to determine whether Arabidopsis thaliana nonsymbiotic hemoglobins(More)
Nitric oxide synthases belong to a family of dual-flavin enzymes that transfer electrons from NAD(P)H to a variety of heme protein acceptors. During catalysis, their FMN subdomain plays a central role by acting as both an electron acceptor (receiving electrons from FAD) and an electron donor, and is thought to undergo large conformational movements and(More)
Neuroglobin protects neurons from hypoxia in vitro and in vivo; however, the underlying mechanisms for this effect remain poorly understood. Most of the neuroglobin is present in a hexacoordinate state with proximal and distal histidines in the heme pocket directly bound to the heme iron. At equilibrium, the concentration of the five-coordinate neuroglobin(More)
The mechanism of hydride transfer between Anabaena FNR and NADP+/H was analysed using for the first time stopped-flow photodiode array detection and global analysis deconvolution. The results indicated that the initial spectral changes, occurring within the instrumental dead time upon reaction of FNR with NADP+/H, included not only the initial interaction(More)
Previous studies indicated that the determinants of coenzyme specificity in ferredoxin-NADP+ reductase (FNR) from Anabaena are situated in the 2'-phosphate (2'-P) NADP+ binding region, and also suggested that other regions must undergo structural rearrangements of the protein backbone during coenzyme binding. Among the residues involved in such specificity(More)