Manuel Masip

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Ribotoxins are a family of highly specific fungal ribonucleases that inactivate the ribosomes by hydrolysis of a single phosphodiester bond of the 28 S rRNA. alpha-Sarcin, the best characterized member of this family, is a potent cytotoxin that promotes apoptosis of human tumor cells after internalization via endocytosis. This latter ability is related to(More)
There is growing evidence about the role of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) as cancer stem cells in many sarcomas. Nevertheless, little is still known about the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying MSCs transformation. We aimed at investigating the role of p53 and p21, two important regulators of the cell cycle progression and apoptosis normally(More)
Posttranscriptional events such as RNA stabilization are important for cell differentiation, but little is known about the impact of AU-rich binding proteins (AUBPs) on the fate of neural cells. Expression of destabilizing AUBPs such as AUF1 and neuronal-specific stabilizing proteins such as HuB, HuC and HuD was therefore analyzed in the developing central(More)
Alpha-sarcin, a cyclizing ribonuclease secreted by the mould Aspergillus giganteus, is one of the best characterized members of a family of fungal ribotoxins. This protein induces apoptosis in tumour cells due to its highly specific activity on ribosomes. Fungal ribotoxins display a three-dimensional protein fold similar to those of a larger group of(More)
Ever since work on pluripotency induction was originally published, reporting the reprogramming of somatic cells to induced pluripotent stem cells (iPS cells) by the ectopic expression of the four transcription factors Oct4, Sox2, Klf4 and c-Myc, high expectations regarding their potential use for regenerative medicine have emerged. Very recently, the(More)
If there are large extra dimensions and the fundamental Planck scale is at the TeV scale, then the question arises of whether ultra-high energy cosmic rays might probe them. We study the neutrino-nucleon cross section in these models. The elastic forward scattering is analyzed in some detail, hoping to clarify earlier discussions. We also estimate the black(More)
The yield of purified recombinant alpha-sarcin increases approximately three- to fourfold when this toxin is co-expressed in Escherichia coli with thioredoxin. This increased production is attributed to the existence, in the presence of thioredoxin, of a reducing environment which allows rearrangement of incorrect disulphide bonds to produce the soluble(More)