María Belén Decca

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Post-translational arginylation consists of the covalent union of an arginine residue to a Glu, Asp, or Cys amino acid at the N-terminal position of proteins. This reaction is catalyzed by the enzyme arginyl-tRNA protein transferase. Using mass spectrometry, we have recently demonstrated in vitro the post-translational incorporation of arginine into the(More)
Protein arginylation mediated by arginyl-tRNA protein transferase is a post-translational modification that occurs widely in biology, it has been shown to regulate protein and properties and functions. Post-translational arginylation is critical for embryogenesis, cardiovascular development and angiogenesis but the molecular effects of proteins arginylated(More)
Arginine can be post-translationally incorporated from arginyl-tRNA into the N-terminus of soluble acceptor proteins in a reaction catalyzed by arginyl-tRNA protein transferase. In the present study, several soluble rat brain proteins that accepted arginine were identified after arginine incorporation by two dimensional electrophoresis and mass(More)
The aim of this study was to analyze the N-terminal post-translational incorporation of arginine into cytosolic proteins from cultured cells and the in vitro incorporation of arginine into soluble proteins of PC12 cells after serum deprivation. Arginine incorporation was measured in the presence of protein synthesis inhibitors. None of the inhibitors used(More)
Avian liver bile acid-binding protein (L-BABP) binds peripherically to anionic lipid membranes. We previously showed that in the absence of added salt the binding to 1,2-dimyristoyl-sn-glycero-3-phosphoglycerol (DMPG) occurs with changes in the secondary structure, the extent of which depends on the phase state of the lipid. In the present work, we used(More)
Chicken liver bile acid-binding protein (L-BABP) binds to anionic lipid membranes by electrostatic interactions and acquires a partly folded state [Nolan, V., Perduca, M., Monaco, H., Maggio, B. and Montich, G. G. (2003) Biochim. Biophys. Acta 1611, 98-106]. We studied the infrared amide I' band of L-BABP bound to dipalmitoylphosphatidylglycerol (DPPG),(More)
Post-translational modification of proteins is a complex mechanism by which cells regulate protein activities. One post-translational modification is the incorporation of arginine into the NH2-terminus of proteins. It has been hypothesized that in rat brain extracts, one of the proteins modified by this reaction is the microtubule-associated protein(More)
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