José A. Torres-Ruiz

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Three chaperones, the chaperonins cpn10 and cpn60, and the hsp70 protein, were revealed by immunochemistry and cytochemistry in pancreatic rat acinar cells. Western immunoblotting analysis of rat pancreas homogenates has shown that antibodies against cpn10, cpn60 and hsp70 protein recognize single protein bands of 25 kDa, 60 kDa and 70 kDa, respectively.(More)
A 700-kDa protein composed of 12 apparently identical 60-kDa subunits copurifies with the L8S8 form of ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RuBisCO) from Chromatium vinosum. Chromatography on DEAE-Sephadex A-50 separates the two proteins in pure form. On the basis of the highly reproducible copurification and reaction of the 700-kDa protein with(More)
Prior research suggested that the genes for large (L) and small (S) subunits of ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase (RuBisCO) are amplified in ampicillin-resistant pBR322-transformants of Anacystis nidulans 6301. We now report that chromosomal DNA from either untransformed or transformed A. nidulans cells hybridizes with nick-translated [32P]-pBR322(More)
Chromatium vinosum contains a polypeptide that is functionally and structurally similar to the Escherichia coli chaperonin 10. The protein has been purified to homogeneity by sucrose density gradient centrifugation followed by gel filtration using a Bio-Gel A-1.5 m column. The molecular mass of chaperonin 10, as determined by gel filtration or nondenaturing(More)
Molecular chaperones have recently been shown to be accurately located along distinct cellular compartments of the secretory pathway of pancreatic acinar cells. Since the aberrant aggregation of secretory proteins leading to the formation of RER intracisternal crystals induced by DL-p-chlorophenylalanine methyl ester (CPME) comprises major changes in the(More)
The enzyme ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase/oxygenase has been purified from Chromatium vinosum. When an extract is subjected to centrifugation at 35,000xg in the presence of polyethylene glycol (PEG)-6000 and the supernatant is treated with 50 mM Mg2+ and the precipitate is then fractionated by vertical centrifugation into a reoriented sucrose gradient(More)
In early biological evolution anoxygenic photosynthetic bacteria may have been established through the acquisition of ribulose bisphosphate carboxylase-oxygenase (Rubisco). The establishment of cyanobacteria may have followed and led to the production of atmospheric oxygen. It has been postulated that a unicellular cyanobacterium evolved to cyanelles which(More)
In the present study we report the occurrence of chaperonins, cpn10 and cpn60, in Chromatium vinosum and rat hepatocytes, using specific polyclonal antibodies in conjunction with the protein A-gold immunocytochemical technique. As demonstrated by quantitative evaluations, the immunolabeling for cpn10 and cpn60 in C vinosum cells was associated primarily(More)
Antibodies to the large and small subunits of ribulose-bisphosphate carboxylase-oxygenase (RuBisCO; EC 4.1-1.39) and a putative binding protein (PBP) for RuBisCO from Chromatium vinosum have been used to localize these proteins in thin sections. Immunogold techniques employing single and double antibodies establish that RuBisCO and the RuBisCO PBP are(More)
Light- and dark-adaptation leads to changes in rhabdom morphology and photopigment distribution in the octopus retina. Molecular chaperones, including heat shock proteins (Hsps), may be involved in specific signaling pathways that cause changes in photoreceptor actin- and tubulin-based cytoskeletons and movement of the photopigments, rhodopsin and(More)