Mario García de Lacoba

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Redox control of the transcription factor c-Jun maps to a single cysteine in its DNA binding domain. However, the nature of the oxidized state of this cysteine and, thus, the potential molecular mechanisms accounting for the redox regulation of c-Jun DNA binding remain unclear. To address this issue, we have analyzed the purified recombinant c-Jun DNA(More)
The uncoupling proteins (UCPs) are transporters, present in the mitochondrial inner membrane, that mediate a regulated discharge of the proton gradient that is generated by the respiratory chain. This energy-dissipatory mechanism can serve functions such as thermogenesis, maintenance of the redox balance, or reduction in the production of reactive oxygen(More)
Toxin-antitoxin loci belonging to the yefM-yoeB family are located in the chromosome or in some plasmids of several bacteria. We cloned the yefM-yoeB locus of Streptococcus pneumoniae, and these genes encode bona fide antitoxin (YefM(Spn)) and toxin (YoeB(Spn)) products. We showed that overproduction of YoeB(Spn) is toxic to Escherichia coli cells, leading(More)
The uncoupling protein from brown adipose tissue (UCP1) is a mitochondrial proton transporter whose activity is inhibited by purine nucleotides. UCP1, like the other members of the mitochondrial transporter superfamily, is an homodimer and each subunit contains six transmembrane segments. In an attempt to understand the structural elements that are(More)
The streptococcal promiscuous plasmid pMV158 can be mobilized between a number of bacterial species by means of three elements: (i) the plasmid-encoded nicking-closing protein MobM, involved in the initiation and termination of the conjugative transfer; (ii) the DNA sequence where the MobM-mediated nick takes place (the oriT(pMV158)); and (iii) the(More)
Uncoupling proteins (UCPs) are mitochondrial carriers distributed throughout the eukaryotic kingdoms. While genes coding for UCPs have been identified in plants and animals, evidences for the presence of UCPs in fungi and protozoa are only functional. Here, it is reported that in the yeast Yarrowia lipolytica there is a fatty acid-promoted and GDP-sensitive(More)
Hypersensitive response-related programmed cell death (PCD) has been extensively analyzed in various plant-virus interactions. However, little is known about the changes in gene expression and phytohormone levels associated with cell death caused by compatible viruses. The synergistic interaction of Potato virus X (PVX) with a number of Potyvirus spp.(More)
Leishmania infantum is the etiological agent of zoonotic visceral leishmaniasis in the Mediterranean basin. The disease is fatal without treatment, which has been based on antimonial pentavalents for more than 60 years. Due to resistances, relapses and toxicity to current treatment, the development of new drugs is required. The structure of the L. infantum(More)
To define the active site of the 5'-3' exonucleolytic domain of the Streptococcus pneumoniae DNA polymerase I (Spn pol I), we have constructed His-tagged Spn pol I fusion protein and introduced mutations at residues Asp(10), Glu(88), and Glu(114), which are conserved among all prokaryotic and eukaryotic 5' nucleases. The mutations, but not the fusion to the(More)
In intestinal allografts, endoscopy and histology detect the injury once changes in the bowel wall architecture have occurred. We aimed to identify a molecular signature that could predict early deterioration, within histologically indistinguishable biopsies with "minimal changes" (MC) pathology. Sixty biopsies from 12 adult recipients were longitudinally(More)