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Lithium is a drug frequently used in the treatment of manic depressive disorder. We have observed that the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae is very sensitive to lithium when growing in galactose medium. In this work we show that lithium inhibits with high affinity yeast (IC50 approximately 0.2 mm) and human (IC50 approximately 1.5 mm) phosphoglucomutase, the(More)
In virtually every cell, neutral lipids are stored in cytoplasmic structures called lipid droplets (LDs) and also referred to as lipid bodies or lipid particles. We developed a rapid high-throughput assay based on the recovery of quenched BODIPY-fluorescence that allows to quantify lipid droplets. The method was validated by monitoring lipid droplet(More)
OBJECTIVES Liver damage occurs during Dengue Virus infection and constitutes a characteristic of severe forms of the disease. The present study was focused on the modulation of gene expression in a human hepatic cell lineage, HepG2, in response to Dengue Virus infection. METHODS The global gene expression changes in HepG2 cells after 6, 24 and 48h of(More)
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, lithium induces a 'galactosemia-like' phenotype as a consequence of inhibition of phosphoglucomutase, a key enzyme in galactose metabolism. Induced galactose toxicity is prevented by deletion of GAL4, which inhibits the transcriptional activation of genes involved in galactose metabolism and by deletion of the galactokinase(More)
Lithium is highly toxic to yeast when grown in galactose medium mainly because phosphoglucomutase, a key enzyme of galactose metabolism, is inhibited. We studied the global protein and gene expression profiles of Saccharomyces cerevisiae grown in galactose in different time intervals after addition of lithium. These results were related to physiological(More)
Dengue virus (DV)-induced changes in the host cell protein synthesis machinery are not well understood. We investigated the transcriptional changes related to initiation of protein synthesis. The human hepatoma cell line, HepG2, was infected with DV serotype 2 for 1 h at a multiplicity of infection of one. RNA was extracted after 6, 24 and 48 h. Microarray(More)
In eukaryotes, proteins homologous to the bacterial DnaJ protein are involved in regulation of the Hsp70 molecular chaperones, which are implicated in a variety of protein biogenesis pathways. We report herewith the molecular characterization of a T. cruzi DnaJ gene, termed TcJ6, encoding a protein that displays high sequence homology with the Saccharomyces(More)
Although several Ca(2+)-ATPase isoforms have been described in vertebrates, little is known about Ca(2+)-transport in the muscle of invertebrates. In the microsomal fraction obtained from the sea cucumber (Ludwigothurea grisea) longitudinal body wall smooth muscle, we identified a Ca(2+)-transport ATPase that is able to transport Ca(2+) at the expense of(More)
The yeast Tap42 and mammalian alpha4 proteins belong to a highly conserved family of regulators of the type 2A phosphatases, which participate in the rapamycin-sensitive signaling pathway, connecting nutrient availability to cell growth. The mechanism of regulation involves binding of Tap42 to Sit4 and PPH21/22 in yeast and binding of alpha4 to the(More)
A gene, TIF2, was identified as corresponding to the translation initiation factor eIF4A and when overexpressed it confers lithium tolerance in galactose medium to Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Incubation of yeast with 6 mm LiCl in galactose medium leads to inhibition of [(35)S]methionine incorporation. By polysome analysis we show that translation is inhibited(More)