L. Fernando Ulloa

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Cultures of cerebellar macroneurons were used to study the expression, activity, subcellular localization, and function of cdk5 during neuronal morphogenesis. The results obtained indicate that in non-polarized neurons cdk5 is restricted to the cell body but as soon as polarity is established it becomes highly concentrated at the distal tip of growing axons(More)
The patterns of isoforms and of immunoreactivity of the microtubule-associated protein MAP1B toward a panel of antibodies to phosphorylation-sensitive epitopes are different in distinct rat brain regions and change during development. This suggests the occurrence of a considerable degree of heterogeneity in the phosphorylation state of rat brain MAP1B. It(More)
Most forms of synaptic potentiation need the activation of the N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) subtype of glutamate receptors which generate changes in dendritic morphology of postsynaptic neurons. Since microtubule proteins have an essential role in dendritic morphology, they may be involved and regulated during the modifications of dendritic morphology(More)
Alzheimer's disease results in the appearance of cytoskeletal disorders yielding pathological structures such a neurofibrillary tangles or dystrophic neurites. It has been previously described that the microtubule-associated protein, tau, modified by phosphorylation in serines adjacent to prolines, is a major component of these structures. Here, we show(More)
Rat brain microtubule-associated protein MAP1B has been tested as a substrate for Ser/Thr protein phosphatases (PP). The dephosphorylation reactions were followed by specific antibodies recognizing phosphorylated and phosphorylatable epitopes. One set of phosphorylation sites on MAP1B are referred to as mode I sites, and their phosphorylation is presumably(More)
By using Western blot analysis and immunohistochemistry we have demonstrated that microtubule associated protein 1B (MAP1B)-phos is present in growing and regenerating axons of retinal ganglion cells of fish (Tinca tinca, L). We have found that the levels of MAP1B-phos substantially increase in regenerating optic nerves. Our observations suggest that MAP1(More)
The development and plasticity of axons and dendrites in mammalian neurons may depend on the presence and phosphorylation state of cytoskeletal proteins, including certain microtubule-associated proteins. One of these proteins, microtubule-associated protein 1B, is modified by different protein kinases, which give rise to two major types of phosphorylated(More)
A panel of four anti-MAP1B antibodies have been used to study the presence and post-translational modification of MAP1B in primary cultures of glial cells. Two antibodies (150 and 125) recognize phosphorylated epitopes whereas the other two (531 and 842) recognize non-phosphorylated phosphorylatable epitopes on the MAP1B molecule. Immunofluorescence and(More)
Phosphorylation of microtubule-associated protein MAP1B and the neuronal-specific beta III-tubulin isoform takes place during neurite growth in neuroblastoma cells. Protein kinase CK2 (formerly referred to as casein kinase 2) is possibly involved in beta III-tubulin phosphorylation. As for MAP1B, there are at least two types of phosphorylation; one(More)
The distribution of microtubule-associated protein lB (MAPlB) phosphorylated by either proline-directed protein kinase (PDPK) or casein kinase II (CK II) in neuroblastoma cells and hippocampal neurons has been studied by immunofluorescence using specific antibodies to distinct phosphorylation-sensitive epitopes. A proximo-distal gradient of increasing(More)