Melvin G Hernández-Pérez

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UTP activates P2Y, receptors in both 1321N1 cell transfectants expressing the P2Y2 receptor and human HT-29 epithelial cells expressing endogenous P2Y, receptors with an EC50 of 0.2-1.0 microM. Pretreatment of these cells with UTP diminished the effectiveness of a second dose of UTP (the IC50 for UTP-induced receptor desensitization was 0.3-1.0 microM for(More)
Purification of HA-tagged P2Y2 receptors from transfected human 1321N1 astrocytoma cells yielded a protein with a molecular size determined by SDS-PAGE to be in the range of 57-76 kDa, which is typical of membrane glycoproteins with heterogeneous complex glycosylation. The protein phosphatase inhibitor, okadaic acid, attenuated the recovery of receptor(More)
Trophic factors are required to ensure neuronal viability and regeneration after neural injury. Although abundant information is available on the factors that cause the activation of astrocytes, little is known about the molecular mechanisms underlying the regulation of this process. Nucleotides released into the extracellular space from injured or dying(More)
The proposed mechanism of action of the antineoplastic drug 3-nitrobenzothiazolo[3,2-alpha]quinolinium chloride (NBQ-2) involves its interaction with DNA by intercalation and inhibition of topoisomerase II activity by arresting the enzyme in a covalent cleavage complex. In an attempt to identify some structural determinants for activity and develop a(More)
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