Luis Javier Gonzalez

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Recent advances in peptidomics have enabled the identification of previously uncharacterized peptides. However, sequence information alone does not allow us to identify candidates for bioactive peptides. To increase an opportunity to discover bioactive peptides, we have focused on C-terminal amidation, a post-translational modification shared by many(More)
Trichomonas vaginalis is a sexually transmitted protozoan parasite that infects the human urogenital tract causing trichomoniasis, a worldwide disease. In this work, a fresh clinical isolate of T. vaginalis was used for study of the protein expression in this species. Two-dimensional gel electrophoresis (2-DE) and MALDI-TOF/TOF mass spectrometry (MS) were(More)
Human proteins are not routinely expressed at high levels in Escherichia coli for, among other reasons, different codon usage. Several purification procedures have been applied to recover recombinant proteins for further biological characterization. However, the vast majority involve costly chromatography procedures. In the present study, both (Hu)IFN(alpha(More)
A comparative analysis of proteomic maps of long-term grown and fresh clinical Trichomonas vaginalis isolates exhibiting low and high virulence phenotypes, respectively, was performed using two-dimensional gel electrophoresis and mass spectrometry. Of 29 protein spots differentially expressed between the isolates, 19 were over-expressed in the isolate(More)
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)
Sticholysin I (St-I) and sticholysin II (St-II) are cytolysins purified from the sea anemone Stichodactyla helianthus with a high degree of sequence identity (93%) but clearly differenced in their hemolytic activity. In order to go further into the structural determinants for the different behavior of St-I and St-II, we report here the complete amino acid(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)
Neuropeptide Y, a 36 amino acid peptide abundantly expressed in the brain, is the most potent orexigenic factor known to date in mammals. It has been shown to be one of the most conserved neuropeptides in vertebrate evolution. It seems that neuropeptide Y functions, in addition to sequence conservation, are also well conserved in fish. In the present study,(More)
The web application Isotopica has been developed as an aid to the interpretation of ions that contain naturally occurring isotopes in a mass spectrum. It allows the calculation of mass values and isotopic distributions based on molecular formulas, peptides/proteins, DNA/RNA, carbohydrate sequences or combinations thereof. In addition, Isotopica takes(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)