José María Delfino

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MOTIVATION Mutual information (MI) theory is often applied to predict positional correlations in a multiple sequence alignment (MSA) to make possible the analysis of those positions structurally or functionally important in a given fold or protein family. Accurate identification of coevolving positions in protein sequences is difficult due to the high(More)
We report the synthesis and evaluation of (EDTA-2-aminoethyl) 2-pyridyl disulfide. By using this easily prepared cysteine-specific hydrophilic reagent, an ethylenediaminetriacetic acid-Fe3+ complex (EDTA-Fe) was covalently attached to a single genetically engineered cysteine residue in staphylococcal nuclease. Upon addition of the iron reductant ascorbate,(More)
The capacity of the flavan-3-ols [(-)-epicatechin (EC) and (+)-catechin (CT)] and a B dimeric procyanidin (DP-B) to modulate phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA)-induced NF-kappaB activation in Jurkat T cells was investigated. The classic PMA-triggered increase in cell oxidants was prevented when cells were preincubated for 24 h with EC, CT, or DP-B(More)
The gramicidin A transmembrane channel is believed to consist of two head-to-head beta helices. Computer-generated models were used to formulate the structure of new single-chain channel molecules based on the gramicidin motif. The chemical synthesis of two tartaric acid-gramicidin A hybrids and single-channel analyses of their conducting properties are(More)
Identification of catalytic residues (CR) is essential for the characterization of enzyme function. CR are, in general, conserved and located in the functional site of a protein in order to attain their function. However, many non-catalytic residues are highly conserved and not all CR are conserved throughout a given protein family making identification of(More)
A systematic study of the membrane-associated regions in the plasma membrane Ca2+ pump of erythrocytes has been performed by hydrophobic photolabeling. Purified Ca2+ pump was labeled with 3-(trifluoromethyl)-3-(m-[125I]iodophenyl)-diazirine ([125I]TID), a generic photoactivatable hydrophobic probe. These results were compared with the enzyme labeled with a(More)
Intestinal fatty acid binding protein (IFABP) is a 15 kDa intracellular lipid-binding protein exhibiting a beta-barrel fold that resembles a clamshell. The beta-barrel, which encloses the ligand binding cavity, consists of two perpendicular five-stranded beta-sheets with an intervening helix-turn-helix motif between strands A and B. Delta98delta (fragment(More)
Δ98Δ is a functional all-β sheet variant of intestinal fatty acid binding protein (IFABP) that was generated by controlled proteolysis. This framework is useful to study the molecular determinants related to aggregation of β-barrel proteins. Albeit displaying increased conformational plasticity, Δ98Δ exhibits a nativelike β-barrel topology and is able to(More)
We have examined the metabolism of three radiolabeled 1,2-diacylglycerols (DGs) in NIH 3T3 fibroblasts. Since the lipids used are not appreciably taken up by the cells, we used a phosphatidylserine (PS)-based liposome fusion system to rapidly associate the lipid species with the plasma membrane. When 1,2-[1-14C]dioleoyl-sn-3-glycerol ([14C]DOG) is delivered(More)
A number of naturally occurring mutations of human apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I) have been associated with hereditary amyloidoses. The molecular mechanisms involved in amyloid-associated pathology remain largely unknown. Here we examined the effects of the Arg173Pro point mutation in apoA-I on the structure, stability, and aggregation propensity, as well as(More)