Patricia Talamás-Rohana

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Actin cytoskeleton disruption in host cells has been demonstrated for PTPases from pathogenic microorganisms. In this work, we analysed whether the secreted acid phosphatase from Entamoeba histolytica has phosphotyrosine phosphatase activity and the possibility that this activity may participate in damaging host cells. The secreted acid phosphatase of E.(More)
Defence against Leishmania depends upon Th1 inflammatory response and, a major problem in susceptible models, is the turnoff of the leishmanicidal activity of macrophages with IL-10, IL-4, and COX-2 upregulation, as well as immunosuppressive PGE2, all together inhibiting the respiratory burst. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptors (PPAR) activation is(More)
Acute infection with Trypanosoma cruzi is characterized by immunosuppression mediated by T cells and macrophages (Mphis). Nitric oxide (NO) production during the initial phase of acute infection might participate in the clearance of parasites by Mphis, whereas its overproduction during the late phase of acute infection would account for the(More)
Previously, we characterized a 140-kDa protein from Entamoeba histolytica as a beta1-integrin-like molecule that binds fibronectin. In this work we present data showing that the amoebic receptor is associated with another surface molecule, the 220-kDa lectin, and with protein tyrosine kinase activity. By immunoprecipitation with the alphabeta1Eh antibody,(More)
A 220-kilodalton (kDa) protein with lectin properties was isolated from Entamoeba histolytica strain HM1:IMSS and was purified by Sepharose 4B chromatography and electroelution from 5% SDS-polyacrylamide gels. The protein contains 9% carbohydrate by weight; is rich in hydrophobic residues; and is very immunogenic in mice, hamsters, and rabbits. The protein(More)
Antibodies were prepared against a 220-kilodalton (kDa) protein partially purified by Sepharose 4B chromatography of Entamoeba histolytica strain HM38:IMSS homogenates, and the protein was found to have lectin properties. The antibodies specifically recognized this protein in trophozoite homogenates. Immunologically related molecules with the same molecular(More)
During tissue invasion, Entamoeba histolytica trophozoites interact with endothelial cells and extracellular matrix (ECM) proteins such as fibronectin (FN), collagen, and laminin. It has been demonstrated that trophozoites interact with FN through a beta1 integrin-like FN receptor (beta 1EhFNR), activating tyrosine kinases. In order to characterize the(More)
The abundant surface glycolipid, promastigote lipophosphoglycan (LPG), of Leishmania promastigotes was isolated and reconstituted onto the surface of hydrophobic silica beads. These beads bound to both macrophages and monocytes, suggesting that phagocytes possess a receptor(s) capable of recognizing LPG. LPG beads were unable to bind to macrophages isolated(More)