María José Benítez

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In adult brains, ionotropic or metabotropic purinergic receptors are widely expressed in neurons and glial cells. They play an essential role in inflammation and neurotransmission in response to purines secreted to the extracellular medium. Recent studies have demonstrated a role for purinergic receptors in proliferation and differentiation of neural stem(More)
Employing magnetometry measurements, we have studied Co3O4 nanowires focusing on the core-shell behavior. We find two magnetic contributions, i.e., a regular antiferromagnetic and an additional irreversible one. The first contribution can be attributed to the antiferromagnetically ordered wire cores. The nature of the second one can be identified using(More)
Mg2+ as well as Mn2+, and Co2+, which may substitute Mg2+ in the metal ion requirement of casein kinase 2 (Gaticaet al., FEBS Lett: 315∶173–177, 1993), have been repeatedly reported to display an optimal concentration at which activity of casein kinase 2 is maximal. As far as we know this intriguing property has always been observed with casein as(More)
Aggregation, nuclear location, and nucleic acid interaction are common features shared by a number of proteins related to neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, Huntington's disease, spinobulbar muscular atrophy, dentatorubro-pallidoluysian(More)
Anomalous protein aggregation is closely associated to age-related mental illness. Extraneuronal plaques, mainly composed of aggregated amyloid peptides, are considered as hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease. According to the amyloid cascade hypothesis, this disease starts as a consequence of an abnormal processing of the amyloid precursor protein resulting in(More)
According to the amyloid hypothesis, abnormal processing of the β-amyloid precursor protein in Alzheimer's disease patients increases the production of β-amyloid toxic peptides, which, after forming highly aggregated fibrillar structures, lead to extracellular plaques formation, neuronal loss and dementia. However, a great deal of evidence has point to(More)
Alzheimer's disease is a form of senile mental disorder characterized by the presence of extracellular plaques, containing amyloid-beta (Abeta) as the main component. According to the amyloid hypothesis, an increase of extracellular Abeta production is in the origin of the aberrant plaques causing neuronal loss and dementia. However, a wealth of evidence(More)
Protein kinase CK2 is a multifunctional enzyme which has long been described as a stable heterotetrameric complex resulting from the association of two catalytic (alpha or alpha') and two regulatory (beta) subunits. To track the spatiotemporal dynamics of CK2 in living cells, we fused its catalytic alpha and regulatory beta subunits with green fluorescent(More)
The low Zn2+ complex formation constants, the capacity to degrade penicillin G in combination with Zn2+, and UV absorbance make 4-(2-hydroxyethyl)-1-piperazineethanesulfonic acid, 3-[N-tris(hydroxymethyl)methylamino]-2-hydroxypropanesulfonic acid, 1,3-bis[tris(hydroxymethyl)methylamino]propane, and 1,4-piperazinediethanesulfonic acid convenient buffers to(More)
The mechanism of protein kinase CK2 (CK2) activity stimulation by polylysine has been studied by surface plasmon resonance (SPR). The kinetics of the polylysine interaction with a peptide substrate of the enzyme, and with the enzyme itself, have been investigated. A peptide containing a threonine (T) residue surrounded by a cluster of negatively charged(More)