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Biogenic amines are organic polycations derived from aromatic or cationic amino acids. All of them have one or more positive charges and a hydrophobic skeleton. Nature has evolved these molecules to play different physiological roles in mammals, but maintains similar patterns for their metabolic and intracellular handling. As deduced from this review, many(More)
Mild hyperhomocysteinemia has been suggested as a new, independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. This fact has produced a new, increased interest in the study of homocysteine metabolism and its relation to pathogenesis. This emergent area of biomedical research is reviewed here, stressing the biochemical and metabolic basis of the pathogenicity of(More)
The biological effects of dehydrodidemnin B(DDB), a novel depsipeptide isolated from Aplidium albicans, were studied on Ehrlich carcinoma growing in vivo and in primary cultures, and compared with those reported for Didemnin B (DB). Daily administration of DB or DDB (2.5 micrograms/mouse) almost duplicated the animal life-span and total number of tumour(More)
Mammalian ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) is a very unstable protein which is degraded in an ATP-dependent manner by proteasome 26S, after making contact with the regulatory protein antizyme. PEST regions are sequences described as signals for protein degradation. The C-terminal PEST region of mammalian ODC is essential for its degradation by proteasome 26S.(More)
Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) is a potent chemoattractant for monocytes and macrophages to areas of inflammation. MCP-1 is a prototypical chemokine subject to coordinated regulation by immunomodulatory agents. Since MCP-1 is implicated in multiple inflammatory diseases, it is a potential target for the treatment of these disorders. In this(More)
BACKGROUND Mast cell secretory granules accommodate a large number of components, many of which interact with highly sulfated serglycin proteoglycan (PG) present within the granules. Polyamines (putrescine, spermidine and spermine) are absolutely required for the survival of the vast majority of living cells. Given the reported ability of polyamines to(More)
1. L-Ornithine transport by plasma-membrane vesicles isolated from Ehrlich cells is Na(+)-independent and shows a saturable and a diffusional component. 2. Putrescine, histamine, 5-hydroxytryptamine and 2,3-diaminopropane at 55 microM concentration significantly inhibit 0.5 mM-L-ornithine transport at least for the first 10 min of incubation. 3. There is a(More)
The antihistaminic (+/-)-chlorpheniramine significantly reduced the progression of Ehrlich carcinoma when it was administered at 0.5 mg/mouse/day from the third day on, after tumour inoculation. The ODC activity of tumour cells was diminished by 70% on day 7 after tumour transplantation, when maximum ODC activity is detected in non-treated tumour growing(More)
PC12 cells treated with nerve growth factor (NGF) undergo a G1 block and differentiate. Expression of selected cell cycle regulatory proteins was studied under culture conditions which permit observation of a differentiation response independently from a mitogenic or anti-mitogenic response. The expression of all cell cycle regulatory proteins studied is(More)