Judith Estévez-Herrera

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Persistent pruritus is a common disabling dermatologic symptom associated with different etiologic factors. These include primary skin conditions, as well as neuropathic, psychogenic, or systemic disorders like chronic liver disease. Defective clearance of potential pruritogenic substances that activate itch-specific neurons innervating the skin is thought(More)
Transient receptor potential vanilloid (TRPV1) transduces noxious chemical and physical stimuli in high-threshold nociceptors. The pivotal role of TRPV1 in the physiopathology of pain transduction has thrust the identification and characterization of interacting partners that modulate its cellular function. Here, we report that TRPV1 associates with(More)
The α7 acetylcholine nicotine receptor is a ligand-gated ion channel that is involved in cognition disorders, schizophrenia, pain and inflammation among other diseases. Therefore, the development of new agents that target this receptor has great significance. Positive allosteric modulators might be advantageous, since they facilitate receptor responses(More)
The accumulation of neurotransmitters within secretory vesicles (SVs) far exceeds the theoretical tonic concentrations in the cytosol, a phenomenon that has captivated the attention of scientists for decades. For instance, chromaffin granules can accumulate close to molar concentrations of catecholamines, along with many other products like ATP, calcium,(More)
The colligative properties of ATP and catecholamines demonstrated in vitro are thought to be responsible for the extraordinary accumulation of solutes inside chromaffin cell secretory vesicles, although this has yet to be demonstrated in living cells. Because functional cells cannot be deprived of ATP, we have knocked down the expression of the vesicular(More)
Chromogranins A (CgA) and B (CgB) are the main soluble proteins of large dense-core secretory vesicles (LDCVs). Using CgA- and CgB-knockout (KO) mice, we found that the absence of chromogranins A and B induces significant changes in catecholamine (CA) accumulation and the kinetics of exocytosis. By crossing these two knockout strains, we generated a viable(More)
Secretory vesicles of chromaffin cells are acidic organelles that maintain an increasing pH gradient towards the cytosol (5.5 vs. 7.3) that is mediated by V-ATPase activity. This gradient is primarily responsible for the accumulation of large concentrations of amines and Ca(2+), although the mechanisms mediating Ca(2+) uptake and release from granules, and(More)
Chromogranins (Cgs) are acidic proteins that have been described in the large, dense core vesicles (LDCVs) of adrenal chromaffin cells and that have been shown to promote LDCV formation, even in nonsecretory cells. Catecholamines (CAs) are adsorbed by Cgs in vitro, and the absence of Cgs modifies the storage and exocytosis of CAs in chromaffin cells. In(More)
Chromogranins (Cgs) are acidic proteins implicated in several physiological processes, including the biogenesis and sorting of secretory vesicles, the generation of bioactive peptides, and the accumulation of soluble species inside large dense core vesicles (LDCV). Indeed, Cgs are the main protein component of the vesicular matrix in LDCV, and they are(More)
The study of chromaffin secretory vesicles (SVs) has contributed immensely to our understanding of exocytosis. These organelles, also called chromaffin granules, are a specific type of large dense secretory vesicle found in many endocrine cells and neurons. Traditionally, they have been isolated from bovine adrenal glands due to the large number of SVs that(More)
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