Juan A. Lopez-Ballester

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A plasmid expression vector, pINSAT2, was constructed in order to express spermidine/spermine N1-acetyltransferase (SSAT) in Escherichia coli. Cells transfected with this vector produced large amounts of SSAT, amounting to up to 2% of the soluble protein when isopropyl beta-D-thiogalactopyranoside (IPTG) was added and 0.3% of the soluble protein in the(More)
Analogues of 3-aminooxy-1-propanamine proved to be highly potent and selective inhibitors of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC). The compounds competed with ornithine for the substrate binding site of ODC, but resulted in progressive and apparently irreversible inactivation of the enzyme. Diamine oxidase was inhibited by these compounds to a lesser extent than(More)
The effect of several polyamines on the activity of tyrosinase from different sources has been studied. Diaminoethane, 1,3-diaminopropane and putrescine activated tyrosinase from Harding-Passey mouse melanoma but did not activate frog epidermis or mushroom tyrosinases. 1,3-diaminopropane was the strongest activator (Ka = 0.23 mM). The activation was(More)
The half-lives of ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) and S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase (SAMDC) have been studied in fetuses and placentas from 18-day-pregnant rats. While the turnover of fetal and placental SAMDC were slightly different (t1/2 = 38 and 75 min, respectively) the half-lives of fetal and placental ODC differed markedly. T1/2 of fetal ODC was 15(More)
Previous studies have shown that melanoma is very sensitive to inhibitors of polyamine biosynthesis. In this work, we have studied changes in polyamine concentrations and the activities of two key enzymes of their biosynthetic pathway at different stages of growth of Harding-Passey melanoma transplanted to mice. We found that the peak activity of ornithine(More)
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