Manuel Becerra

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Muscle-specific kinase (MuSK) is a receptor tyrosine kinase expressed selectively in skeletal muscle. During neuromuscular synapse formation, agrin released from motor neurons stimulates MuSK autophosphorylation in the kinase activation loop and in the juxtamembrane region, leading to clustering of acetylcholine receptors. We have determined the crystal(More)
Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Kluyveromyces lactis are considered to be the prototypes of two distinct metabolic models of facultatively-aerobic yeasts: Crabtree-positive/fermentative and Crabtree-negative/respiratory, respectively. Our group had previously proposed that one of the molecular keys supporting this difference lies in the mechanisms involved in(More)
We examined several strategies for the secretion of Kluyveromyces lactis beta-galactosidase into the culture medium, in order to facilitate the downstream processing and purification of this intracellular enzyme of great industrial interest. We constructed plasmids by fusing the LAC4 gene or engineered variants to the secretion signal of the K.lactis killer(More)
Several micro-scale chromatography-based procedures for purification of the β-galactosidase from the yeast Kluyveromyces lactis were assayed. Purified enzyme was suitable to be used as antigen to induce polyclonal antibodies production. Specific staining of non-denaturing PAGE gels with chromogenic substrates allowed the determination of the number of(More)
Several Saccharomyces cerevisiae strains with a super-secreting phenotype have been transformed using a secretion plasmid containing the LAC4 gene and have proven to be effective in the secretion of Kluyveromyces lactis β-galactosidase. The strain CGY1585 (ssc1-1) showed the highest secretion (1.7 EU ml−1) in the culture medium. As far as we know,(More)
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, adaptation to hypoxia/anaerobiosis requires the transcriptional induction or derepression of multiple genes organized in regulons controlled by specific transcriptional regulators. Ixr1p is a transcriptional regulatory factor that causes aerobic repression of several hypoxic genes (COX5B, TIR1, and HEM13) and also the activation(More)
In this paper, we report the metabolic engineering of the respiratory yeast Kluyveromyces lactis by construction and characterization of a null mutant (Δklndi1) in the single gene encoding a mitochondrial alternative internal dehydrogenase. Isolated mitochondria of the Δklndi1 mutant show unaffected rate of oxidation of exogenous NADH, but no oxidation of(More)
Secretion of the heterologous Kluyveromyces lactis beta-galactosidase into culture medium by several Saccharomyces cerevisiae osmotic-remedial thermosensitive-autolytic mutants was assayed and proved that new metabolic abilities were conferred since the constructed strains were able to grow in lactose-containing media. Cell growth became independent of a(More)
Alpha-galactosidases catalyze the hydrolysis of terminal alpha-1,6-galactosyl units from galacto-oligosaccharides and polymeric galactomannans. The crystal structures of tetrameric Saccharomyces cerevisiae alpha-galactosidase and its complexes with the substrates melibiose and raffinose have been determined to 1.95, 2.40, and 2.70 A resolution. The monomer(More)
Several derivatives of the native Srb10 proteins from Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Kluyveromyces lactis, with removed selected motifs, have been constructed in order to test their role in Srb10p function. It has been demonstrated that the ATP binding site is necessary for repression of FLO11, CYC7 and SPI1. Yeast Srb10p specific motifs CM-I and CM-II,(More)