Paloma Korehisa Maza

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Tumor cell invasion is vital for cancer progression and metastasis. Adhesion, migration, and degradation of the extracellular matrix are important events involved in the establishment of cancer cells at a new site, and therefore molecular targets are sought to inhibit such processes. The effect of a plant proteinase inhibitor, Enterolobium contortisiliquum(More)
BACKGROUND Kallikreins play a pivotal role in establishing prostate cancer. RESULTS In contrast to the classical Kunitz plant inhibitor SbTI, the recombinant kallikrein inhibitor (rBbKIm) led to prostate cancer cell death, whereas fibroblast viability was not affected. CONCLUSION rBbKIm shows selective cytotoxic effect and angiogenesis inhibition(More)
Paracoccidioides brasiliensis is a pathogenic, dimorphic fungus that causes paracoccidioidomycosis, a systemic human mycosis that is highly prevalent in Latin America. In this study, we demonstrated that P. brasiliensis yeasts induced interleukin (IL)-8 and IL-6 secretion by human lung epithelial A549 cells. However, tumor necrosis factor-α and interferon-γ(More)
Paracoccidioides brasiliensis is one of the etiological agents of paracoccidioidomycosis, a human systemic mycosis, highly prevalent in Latin America. In the present work, we demonstrate that P. brasiliensis yeasts promote IL-6 and IL-8 secretion by the human lung epithelial cell line A549 in an integrin-dependent manner. In fact, small interfering RNA(More)
Membrane rafts are cholesterol- and sphingolipid-enriched cell membrane domains, which are ubiquitous in mammals and play an essential role in different cellular functions, including host cell-pathogen interaction. In this work, by using several approaches, we demonstrated the involvement of epithelial cell membrane rafts in adhesion process of the(More)
Histoplasma capsulatum var. capsulatum is a dimorphic fungus that causes histoplasmosis, a human systemic mycosis with worldwide distribution. In the present work, we demonstrate that H. capsulatum yeasts are able to induce cytokine secretion by the human lung epithelial cell line A549 in integrin- and Src-family kinase (SFK)-dependent manners. This(More)
Binding of yeast forms to human lung fibroblast cultures was analyzed, aiming to better understand the initial steps of Paracoccidioides brasiliensis infection in humans. A significant P. brasiliensis adhesion was observed either to fibroblasts or to their Triton X-100 insoluble fraction, which contains extracellular matrix and membrane microdomains(More)
Paracoccidioides brasiliensis is one of the etiological agents of the human systemic mycosis paracoccidioidomycosis. Protease-activated receptors (PARs) are expressed in many cell types and comprise a family of G protein-coupled receptors (PAR-1, PAR-2, and PAR-4), which may be activated by proteases secreted by several pathogens. In the present study, we(More)
In its hyphal form, Candida albicans invades epithelial and endothelial cells by two distinct mechanisms: active penetration and induced endocytosis. The latter is dependent on a reorganization of the host cytoskeleton (actin/cortactin recruitment), whilst active penetration does not rely on the host's cellular machinery. The first obstacle for the fungus(More)
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