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Polyamines are considered as essential compounds in living cells, since they are involved in cell proliferation, transcription, and translation processes. Furthermore, polyamine homeostasis is necessary to cell survival, and its deregulation is involved in relevant processes, such as cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. Great efforts have been made to(More)
We use a modeling and simulation approach to carry out an in silico analysis of the metabolic pathways involving arginine as a precursor of nitric oxide or polyamines in aorta endothelial cells. Our model predicts conditions of physiological steady state, as well as the response of the system to changes in the control parameter, external arginine(More)
Polyamines and the metabolic and physiopathological processes in which they are involved represent an active field of research that has been continuously growing since the seventies. In the last years, the trends in the focused areas of interest within this field since the 1970s have been confirmed. The impact of “-omics” in polyamine research remains too(More)
Evidence is growing in favour of a relationship between cancer and chronic inflammation, and particularly of the role of a polyamine and histamine metabolic interplay involved in these physiopathological problems, which are indeed highly complex biological systems. Decodification of the complex inter- and intra-cellular signalling mechanisms that control(More)
In 2009 we reported that depletion of Dicer-1, the enzyme that catalyzes the final step of miRNA biosynthesis, prevents metamorphosis in Blattella germanica. However, the precise regulatory roles of miRNAs in the process have remained elusive. In the present work, we have observed that Dicer-1 depletion results in an increase of mRNA levels of Krüppel(More)
In Drosophila melanogaster, miR-8-3p regulates mRNA levels of atrophin, a factor involved in neuromotor coordination, and we found that Blattella germanica with suppressed atrophin showed motor problems. Bionformatic predictions and luciferase-reporter tests indicated that B. germanica atrophin mRNA contains target sites for miR-8-3p and miR-8-5p.(More)
SUMMARY We present Systems Biology Metabolic Modeling Assistant (SBMM Assistant), a tool built using an ontology-based mediator, and designed to facilitate metabolic modeling through the integration of data from repositories that contain valuable metabolic information. This software can be used for the visualization, design and management of metabolic(More)
The deregulation of homocysteine metabolism leads to hyperhomocysteinemia, a condition described as an independent cardiovascular disease risk factor. Ubiquitous plasma membrane redox systems can play a dual pro-oxidant and anti-oxidant role in defense. In this study, we test the hypothesis that homocysteine, as a redox active compound, could modulate the(More)
The search for a systems-level picture of metabolism as a web of molecular interactions provides a paradigmatic example of how the methods used to characterize a system can bias the interpretation of its functional meaning. Metabolic maps have been analyzed using novel techniques from network theory, revealing some non-trivial, functionally relevant(More)
Many molecular details remain to be uncovered concerning the regulation of polyamine metabolism. A previous model of mammalian polyamine metabolism showed that S-adenosyl methionine availability could play a key role in polyamine homeostasis. To get a deeper insight in this prediction, we have built a combined model by integration of the previously(More)