Lucero de los Ángeles Ramón-Luing

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Trichomonas vaginalis, a sexually transmitted parasite, has many cysteine proteinases (CPs); some are involved in trichomonal pathogenesis, express during infection, and antibodies against CPs have been detected in patient sera. The goal of this study was to identify the antigenic proteinases of T. vaginalis as potential biomarkers for trichomonosis. The(More)
TvCP39 is a 39 kDa cysteine proteinase (CP) involved in Trichomonas vaginalis cytotoxicity that has been found in vaginal secretions and is immunogenic in patients with trichomonosis. The goal of this work was to identify, clone, express, and characterize the tvcp39 gene. The tvcp39 gene was identified using a proteomic approach, and the complete gene was(More)
The development of massively parallel DNA sequencing is revealing the scale of mammalian bacterial colonization and suggests that Homo sapiens is colonized by between 103 and 104 bacterial phylotypes. The understanding of the complexity of host-bacterial interactions could explain why only a relatively tiny number of bacteria causing human diseases (Keijser(More)
The causal agent of trichomoniasis is a parasitic protist, Trichomonas vaginalis, which is rich in proteolytic activity, primarily carried out by cysteine proteases (CPs). Some CPs are known virulence factors. T. vaginalis also possesses three genes encoding endogenous cystatin-like CP inhibitors. The aim of this study was to identify and characterize one(More)
The goal of this paper was to characterize a Trichomonas vaginalis cysteine proteinase (CP) legumain-1 (TvLEGU-1) and determine its potential role as a virulence factor during T. vaginalis infection. A 30-kDa band, which migrates in three protein spots (pI~6.3, ~6.5, and ~6.7) with a different type and level of phosphorylation, was identified as TvLEGU-1 by(More)
Inhalation of crystalline silica (CS) particles increases the risk of pulmonary tuberculosis; however, the precise mechanism through which CS exposure facilitates Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection is unclear. We speculate that macrophage exposure to CS deregulates the cell death pathways that could explain, at least in part, the association(More)
The Escherichia coli expression system remains the first choice for the production of recombinant proteins when biological activity is not compromised by posttranslational modification. Many strains of E. coli, vectors and culture conditions are available to express recombinant proteins in a soluble and correctly folded conformation. Often these strategies(More)
Polyamines are involved in the regulation of some Trichomonas vaginalis virulence factors such as the transcript, proteolytic activity, and cytotoxicity of TvCP65, a cysteine proteinase (CP) involved in the trichomonal cytotoxicity. In this work, we reported the putrescine effect on TvCP39, other CP that also participate in the trichomonal cytotoxicity.(More)
The apical domain of the chaperonin, GroEL, fused to the carbohydrate binding module type II, CBDCex, of Cellulomonas fimi, was expressed in Escherichia coli. The recombinant protein, soluble or from inclusion bodies, was directly purified and immobilized in microcrystalline cellulose particles or cellulose fabric membranes. Assisted refolding of rhodanese(More)
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