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Galectins are emerging as a new class of bioactive molecules with specific immunomodulatory properties. Galectin-1 (Gal-1), a member of this family, has been shown to induce apoptosis of mature T cells and immature thymocytes. To gain insight into the intracellular signals transduced by Gal-1 upon binding to mature T cells, we investigated whether this(More)
Three related clones encoding proteins (ATFa1, 2 and 3) with specific ATF/CRE DNA-binding activities have been isolated from HeLa cell cDNA libraries. All three isoforms have weak effects on the basal activity of the adenovirus E2a promoter. We present evidence suggesting that a C-terminal element of the ATFa molecules negatively interferes with the(More)
Kruppel-like transcription factors (KLFs) represent one of the most diverse set of regulators in vertebrate organisms. KLF family members are involved in cell proliferation and differentiation control in normal as well as in pathological situations. Here, we demonstrate that KLF6 behaves as a functional antagonist of the c-Jun proto-oncoprotein. Thus, KLF6(More)
Since 1999, a new, epidemic, methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) strain, named the "Cordobes clone," has emerged in Argentina and coexists with the pandemic Brazilian clone. The purpose of this study was to determine the stability over time of the new clone and to investigate its evolutionary relationship with epidemic international MRSA(More)
Long-chain flavodoxins, ubiquitous electron shuttles containing flavin mononucleotide (FMN) as prosthetic group, play an important protective role against reactive oxygen species (ROS) in various microorganisms. Pseudomonas aeruginosa is an opportunistic pathogen which frequently has to face ROS toxicity in the environment as well as within the host. We(More)
Analysis of zymograms of extracts of Trypanosoma cruzi isolated from different hosts in Argentina allowed characterization of 12 zymodemes or "isozymic strains," only six of which were found in human patients. Two of these six zymodemes (Z1 and Z12) were widely distributed and found in more than 80% of human patients. These two "major natural clones"(More)
Autophagy is the unique, regulated mechanism for the degradation of organelles. This intracellular process acts as a prosurvival pathway during cell starvation or stress and is also involved in cellular response against specific bacterial infections. Vibrio cholerae is a noninvasive intestinal pathogen that has been studied extensively as the causative(More)
We describe a novel human cDNA isolated by target site screening of a placental expression library, using as a probe, an essential element of a TATA box-less promoter corresponding to a pregnancy-specific glycoprotein gene. The cDNA encoded a predicted protein of 290 amino acids, designated core promoter-binding protein (CPBP), which has three zinc fingers(More)
The human core promoter binding protein (hCPBP) has been identified as a DNA-binding protein involved in the regulation of TATA box-less genes like those encoding the pregnancy-specific glycoproteins. Structurally, hCPBP contains three zinc fingers in the C-terminal domain, which is highly conserved in a number of proteins that constitute the Krüppel-like(More)
Infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) are increasingly a main health concern worldwide for hospitalized patients. In addition, the prevalence of community-acquired infection has risen continuously during the last few years. Some MRSA clones spread easier than others within the hospital environment and therefore are(More)