Néstor N. Jiménez-Vargas

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Proteases that cleave protease-activated receptor-2 (PAR(2)) at Arg(36)↓Ser(37) reveal a tethered ligand that binds to the cleaved receptor. PAR(2) activates transient receptor potential (TRP) channels of nociceptive neurons to induce neurogenic inflammation and pain. Although proteases that cleave PAR(2) at non-canonical sites can trigger distinct(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate if P2X4 receptors are expressed in murine myenteric neurons and if these receptors contribute to form functional channels in the neuronal membrane by using molecular and electrophysiological techniques. The whole-cell recording technique was used to measure membrane currents induced by ATP (I(ATP)) in(More)
BACKGROUND Nucleotides released to the extracellular space stimulate purinergic receptors, and their effects are modulated by ectonucleotidases. The role of ATP in the allergic bronchospasm has been scantly studied. METHODS We used several techniques (plethysmography, organ baths, confocal microscopy, RT-PCR, ATP measurement) to explore the role of(More)
P2X3 receptor expression in various tissues appears to be modulated by age. In the present study, we used single cell RT-PCR to determine the number of P2X3 positive myenteric neurons at different stages of guinea pig postnatal development, and we tested if similar changes also occur to other myenteric P2X receptors. Moreover, we carried out whole-cell(More)
Agonist-evoked endocytosis of G protein-coupled receptors has been extensively studied. The mechanisms by which agonists stimulate mobilization and plasma membrane translocation of G protein-coupled receptors from intracellular stores are unexplored. Protease-activated receptor-2 (PAR2) traffics to lysosomes, and sustained protease signaling requires(More)
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