Patricia Marín-García

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This protocol describes a method for preparing cultures of Plasmodium falciparum synchronized at any intraerythrocytic stage. Using this method, around 60% parasitized cells may be obtained. On the basis of Trager and Jensen's original continuous culture method, our approach relies on the use of fresh human blood not older than 2 weeks, a low hematocrit(More)
P2X(7) receptor has been recently localized in mice cerebellar granule neuron fibers. Here, the expression of this subunit has been detected in wild type mice midbrain, by quantitative real time-polymerase chain reaction, immunocytochemistry and Western blot assays. The functionality of this P2X(7) subunit has been confirmed using microfluorimetric(More)
The presence of ionotropic P2X(7) receptor has been studied in mice brain from wild type and P2X(7) receptor knockout animals. Western blot and immunocytochemical assays show the presence of a protein containing the P2X(7) immunogenic epitopes in the brain of knockout model. Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction experiments demonstrate the absence(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Blood-stage Plasmodium parasites cause morbidity and mortality from malaria. Parasite resistance to drugs makes development of new chemotherapies an urgency. Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases have been validated as antimalarial drug targets. We explored long-term effects of borrelidin and mupirocin in lethal P. yoelii murine malaria. (More)
Malaria remains a major global health problem. Emerging resistance to existing antimalarial drugs drives the search for new antimalarials, and protein translation is a promising pathway to target. Here we explore the potential of the aminoacyl-tRNA synthetase (ARS) family as a source of antimalarial drug targets. First, a battery of known and novel ARS(More)
The resistance of malaria parasites to available drugs continues to grow, and this makes the need for new antimalarial therapies pressing. Aminoacyl-tRNA synthetases (ARSs) are essential enzymes and well-established antibacterial targets and so constitute a promising set of targets for the development of new antimalarials. Despite their potential as drug(More)
Oxidative stress has been attributed both a key pathogenic and rescuing role in cerebral malaria (CM). In a Plasmodium berghei ANKA murine model of CM, host redox signaling and functioning were examined during the course of neurological damage. Host antioxidant defenses were early altered at the transcriptional level indicated by the gradually diminished(More)
In Spain, the contribution of BRCA mutations to the population incidence of early-onset breast cancer was unknown. We carried out a mutational analysis of the BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes in 124 Spanish women diagnosed with breast cancer before the age 41 and who were not selected for a family history of this disease. The genetic study was performed by PCR-SSCP(More)
Improvements on malarial diagnostic methods are currently needed for the correct detection in low-density Plasmodium falciparum infections. Microfluorimetric DNA-based assays have been previously used for evaluation of anti-malarial drug efficacy on Plasmodium infected erythrocytes. Several factors affecting the sensitivity of these methods have been(More)
The present work reports that activation of P2X7 receptor induces synaptic vesicle release in granule neurons and phosphorylation of synapsin-I by calcium-calmodulin-dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII), which in turn modulates secretory event. ATP, in absence of magnesium, induced a concentration-dependent glutamate release with an EC50 value of 1.95(More)