Marcelo Daniel Costabel

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The crystal structure of Clostridium thermocellum endoglucanase CelA in complex with cellopentaose has been determined at 0.94 A resolution. The oligosaccharide occupies six D-glucosyl-binding subsites, three on either side of the scissile glycosidic linkage. The substrate and product of the reaction occupy different positions at the reducing end of the(More)
The role of fatty acid binding proteins as intracellular fatty acid transporters may require their direct interaction with membranes. In this way different mechanisms have been previously characterized through experimental studies suggesting different models for FABPs-membrane association, although the process in which the molecule adsorbs to the membrane(More)
The adult form of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (AChR) consists of five subunits (alpha(2)betaepsilondelta), each having four transmembrane domains (M1-M4). The atomic model of the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor shows that the pore-lining M2 domains make no extensive contacts with the rest of the transmembrane domains. However, there are several(More)
The members of the Dicistroviridae family are non-enveloped positive-sense single-stranded RNA (+ssRNA) viruses pathogenic to beneficial arthropods as well as insect pests of medical importance. Triatoma virus (TrV), a member of this family, infects several species of triatomine insects (popularly named kissing bugs), which are vectors for human(More)
We previously demonstrated that 1α,25(OH)(2)-vitamin D(3) [1α,25(OH)(2)D(3)] induces Src activation, which mediates the hormone-dependent ERK1/2 and p38 MAPK phosphorylation in skeletal muscle cells. In the present study, we have investigated upstream steps whereby 1α,25(OH)(2)D(3) may act to transmit its signal to Src. Preincubation with the PKC inhibitor(More)
Lipids are mainly solubilized by various families of lipid binding proteins which participate in their transport between tissues as well as cell compartments. Among these families, Hydrophobic Ligand Binding Proteins (HLBPs) deserve special consideration since they comprise intracellular and extracellular members, are able to bind a variety of fatty acids,(More)
Gliadin, a protein present in wheat, rye, and barley, undergoes incomplete enzymatic degradation during digestion, producing an immunogenic 33-mer peptide, LQLQPF(PQPQLPY)3 PQPQPF. The special features of 33-mer that provoke a break in its tolerance leading to gliadin sensitivity and celiac disease remains elusive. Herein, it is reported that 33-mer gliadin(More)
Acyl-CoA binding proteins (ACBPs) are highly conserved 10 kDa cytosolic proteins that bind medium- and long-chain acyl-CoA esters. They act as intracellular carriers of acyl-CoA and play a role in acyl-CoA metabolism, gene regulation, acyl-CoA-mediated cell signaling, transport-mediated lipid synthesis, membrane trafficking and also, ACBPs were indicated as(More)
Based on the analysis of the mechanism of ligand transfer to membranes employing in vitro methods, Fatty Acid Binding Protein (FABP) family has been divided in two subgroups: collisional and diffusional FABPs. Although the collisional mechanism has been well characterized employing in vitro methods, the structural features responsible for the difference(More)
The structure of the endoglucanase A from Clostridium thermocellum CelA was re-solved by three-wavelength MAD. Experimental phases were obtained in the resolution range 25-1.0 A. Various structure-solution approaches were tested in order to quantify the contribution of each wavelength. Two-wavelength MAD phasing was sufficient to obtain excellent(More)