Lazaro Betancourt

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Protein Kinase CK2 is a serine-threonine kinase frequently deregulated in many human tumors. Here, we hypothesized that a peptide binder to the CK2 phosphoacceptor site could exhibit anticancer properties in vitro, in tumor animal models, and in cancer patients. By screening a random cyclic peptide phage display library, we identified the CIGB-300 (formerly(More)
UNLABELLED Multidimensional peptide fractionation is widely used in proteomics to reduce the complexity of peptide mixtures prior to mass spectrometric analysis. Here, we describe the sequential use of strong cation exchange and reversed phase liquid chromatography in both basic and acidic pH buffers for separating tryptic peptides from complex mixtures of(More)
Neisseria meningitidis is a Gram-negative bacterium responsible for significant mortality worldwide. While effective polysaccharides-based vaccines exist against serogroups A, C, W135, and Y, no similar vaccine is suitable for children under 4 years against disease caused by serogroup B strains. Therefore, major vaccine efforts against this serogroup are(More)
Growth hormone-releasing peptide 6 (GHRP-6, His-(DTrp)-Ala-Trp-(DPhe)-Lys-NH₂, MW=872.44 Da) is a potent growth hormone secretagogue that exhibits a cytoprotective effect, maintaining tissue viability during acute ischemia/reperfusion episodes in different organs like small bowel, liver and kidneys. In the present work a quantitative method to analyze(More)
Based on the immunogenicity of domain III from the Envelope protein of dengue virus as well as the proven protective capacity of the capsid antigen, we have designed a novel domain III-capsid chimeric protein with the goal of obtaining a molecule potentially able to induce both humoral and cell-mediated immunity (CMI). After expression of the recombinant(More)
CIGB-300 is a proapoptotic peptide-based drug that abrogates the CK2-mediated phosphorylation. This peptide has antineoplastic effect on lung cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. To understand the mechanisms involved on such anticancer activity, the NCI-H125 cell line proteomic profile after short-term incubation (45 min) with CIGB-300 was investigated. As(More)
Acetobacter diazotrophicus SRT4 secretes a constitutive levansucrase (LsdA) (EC 2.4.1.10) that is responsible for sucrose utilization. Immunogold electron microscopical studies revealed that LsdA accumulates in the periplasm before secretion. The periplasmic and extracellular forms of the enzyme were purified to homogeneity. Both proteins exhibited similar(More)
Protein identification by mass spectrometry is mainly based on MS/MS spectra and the accuracy of molecular mass determination. However, the high complexity and dynamic ranges for any species of proteomic samples, surpass the separation capacity and detection power of the most advanced multidimensional liquid chromatographs and mass spectrometers. Only a(More)
IPG (Immobilized pH Gradient) based separations are frequently used as the first step in shotgun proteomics methods; it yields an increase in both the dynamic range and resolution of peptide separation prior to the LC-MS analysis. Experimental isoelectric point (pI) values can improve peptide identifications in conjunction with MS/MS information. Thus,(More)
Mass spectrometry is now firmly established as a powerful technique for the identification and characterization of proteins when used in conjunction with sequence databases. Various approaches involving stable-isotope labeling have been developed for quantitative comparisons between paired samples in proteomic expression analysis by mass spectrometry.(More)