José Antonio Reyes-Darias

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Bacterial taxis is one of the most investigated signal transduction mechanisms. Studies of taxis have primarily used Escherichia coli and Salmonella as model organism. However, more recent studies of other bacterial species revealed a significant diversity in the chemotaxis mechanisms which are reviewed here. Differences include the genomic abundance, size(More)
A number of bacteria can use toxic compounds as carbon sources and have developed complex regulatory networks to protect themselves from the toxic effects of these compounds as well as to benefit from their nutritious properties. As a model system we have studied the responses of Pseudomonas putida strains to toluene. Although this compound is highly toxic,(More)
We report the detection and characterization of the first vancomycin-resistant VanB-type Enterococcus faecium to be isolated in a Spanish hospital. Sequence analysis of the vanB gene showed that this isolate belonged to subtype vanB2. Moreover, PCR amplification analysis indicated that the vanB gene cluster was linked to a Tn5382-like transposon.
Transfection of mammalian cells or in vivo administration of nucleic acids can induce inflammatory cytokines and/or interferon response, which could significantly influence the ex vivo or in vivo applications of gene-targeting strategies based on nucleic acids. Further induction of the interferon and inflammatory related stress responses may result in(More)
The exposure of bacteria to pollutants induces frequently chemoattraction or chemorepellent reactions. Recent research suggests that the capacity to degrade a toxic compound has co-evolved in some bacteria with the capacity to chemotactically react to it. There is an increasing amount of data which show that chemoattraction to biodegradable pollutants(More)
The PctC chemoreceptor of Pseudomonas aeruginosa mediates chemotaxis with high specificity to gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). This compound is present everywhere in nature and has multiple functions, including being a human neurotransmitter or plant signaling compound. Because P. aeruginosa is ubiquitously distributed in nature and able to infect and(More)
Chemosensory pathways are a major signal transduction mechanism in bacteria. CheR methyltransferases catalyze the methylation of the cytosolic signaling domain of chemoreceptors and are among the core proteins of chemosensory cascades. These enzymes have primarily been studied Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhimurium, which possess a single CheR involved(More)
The PctA and PctB chemoreceptors of Pseudomonas aeruginosa mediate chemotaxis toward amino acids. A general feature of signal transduction processes is that a signal input is converted into an output. We have generated chimeras combining the Tar signaling domain with either the PctA or PctB ligand binding domain (LBD). Escherichia coli harboring either(More)
It was only relatively recently discovered that nucleic acids participate in a variety of biological functions, besides the storage and transmission of genetic information. Quite apart from the nucleotide sequence, it is now clear that the structure of a nucleic acid plays an essential role in its functionality, enabling catalysis and specific binding(More)
The major etiologic agent of the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is the human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1), which belongs to the family of human retroviruses. This pandemic infection affects millions of people worldwide. The most efficient current treatment regimen for HIV-infected individuals combines two or more drugs targeting(More)