Juan Arturo García-Horsman

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Prolyl oligopeptidase (POP) is a serine peptidase which digests small peptide-like hormones, neuroactive peptides, and various cellular factors. Therefore, this peptidase has been implicated in many physiological processes as well as in some psychiatric disorders, most probably through interference in inositol cycle. Intense research has been performed to(More)
RATIONALE We have earlier found that 1). COMT inhibitors did not enhance amphetamine-induced dopamine efflux into striatal extracellular, that 2). they did not increase dopamine levels in striatal tissue and that 3). they did not potentiate amphetamine-induced turning behavior of hemiparkinsonian rats. Further, when COMT knockout mice were challenged with(More)
INTRODUCTION Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) has soluble (S-COMT) and membrane bound (MB-COMT) isoforms. Our aims were to assess the behavioral phenotype of S-COMT mutant mice and to clarify the role of MB-COMT in dopamine metabolism in different brain areas. METHODS Behavioral phenotype of the S-COMT mutant mice was assessed using a test battery(More)
Prolyl oligopeptidase (POP) is a serine endopeptidase that hydrolyzes proline-containing peptides shorter than 30-mer. It has been suggested that POP is associated with cognitive functions and inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate (IP(3)) signaling. However, little is known about the distribution and physiological role of POP in the brain. We used(More)
Prolyl oligopeptidase (POP) is a ubiquitous post-proline cleaving enzyme that is highly expressed in brain. Current knowledge about the biochemical features of POP and the pharmacological action of its specific inhibitors has indicated that POP participates in several aspects of the central nervous system (CNS), including learning, memory and mood.(More)
Prolyl oligopeptidase (POP) is a serine endopeptidase which hydrolyzes proline-containing peptides shorter than 30 amino acids. It has been suggested that POP is associated with cognitive functions, possibly via the cleavage of neuropeptides such as substance P (SP). Recently, several studies have also linked POP to the inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate (IP(3))(More)
Prolyl oligopeptidase (EC 3.4.21.26, PREP) is a serine protease that hydrolyzes proline-containing peptides shorter than 30-mer but it has also nonhydrolytic functions. PREP has been shown to accelerate aggregation of wild-type α-synuclein (α-syn) under cell-free conditions, and PREP inhibitors can block this aggregation both in vitro and in vivo. α-syn is(More)
Prolyl oligopeptidase (POP) is a serine endoprotease that hydrolyses peptides shorter than 30-mer. POP may have a role in inositol 1,4,5-triphosphate (IP(3)) signaling and in the actions of antidepressants, and POP inhibitors have exhibited antiamnesic and neuroprotective properties. However, little is known about the distribution of POP protein in the(More)
Prolyl oligopeptidase (PREP) has been implicated in neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation and has been considered a drug target to enhance memory in dementia. However, the true physiological role of PREP is not yet understood. In this paper, we report the phenotyping of a mouse line where the PREP gene has been knocked out. This work indicates that the(More)
BACKGROUND Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a complex, inflammatory and neurodegenerative disease of the central nervous system leading to long-term disability. Recent studies indicate a close association between inflammation and neurodegeneration in all lesions and disease stages of MS. Prolyl oligopeptidase (POP) is a proline-specific serine protease that(More)