Rodrigo J. Carbajo

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The biosynthetic gene cluster for the dienoyltetramic acid streptolydigin was identified and characterized from the producer organism Streptomyces lydicus NRRL2433. Sequence analysis of an 80.8 kb DNA region revealed the presence of 38 ORFs, 29 of which are probably involved in streptolydigin biosynthesis and would code for all activities required for its(More)
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, at least three proteins (IF(1), STF(1), and STF(2)) appear to be involved in the regulation of ATP synthase. Both IF(1) and STF(1) inhibit F(1), whereas the proposed function for STF(2) is to facilitate the binding of IF(1) and STF(1) to F(1). The oligomerization properties of yeast IF(1) and STF(1) have been investigated by(More)
The ATP synthase enzyme structure includes two stalk assemblies, the central stalk and the peripheral stalk. Catalysis involves rotation of the central stalk assembly together with the membrane-embedded ring of c-subunits driven by the trans-membrane proton-motive force, while the alpha and beta-subunits of F(1) are prevented from co-rotating by their(More)
Macrolides are a group of antibiotics structurally characterized by a macrocyclic lactone to which one or several deoxy-sugar moieties are attached. The sugar moieties are transferred to the different aglycones by glycosyltransferases (GTF). The OleI GTF of an oleandomycin producer, Streptomyces antibioticus, catalyzes the inactivation of this macrolide by(More)
A new series of MMP2 inhibitors is described, following a fragment-based drug design approach. One fragment containing an azide group and a well known hydroxamate Zinc Binding Group in a α-sulfone, α-tetrahydropyrane scaffold, has been synthesized. Water-LOGSY, STD and competition-STD experiments indicate that this fragment binds to the active site of the(More)
Mutants of chymotrypsin inhibitor protein 2 have previously been studied in which 4 or 10 glutamine residues were inserted into the inhibitory loop of the protein between residues 59 and 60, as potential models for the behaviour of glutamine tracts in proteins associated with polyglutamine-expansion neurodegenarative diseases. These mutants form very stable(More)
The peripheral stalk of ATP synthase holds the alpha3beta3 catalytic subcomplex stationary against the torque of the rotating central stalk. In bovine mitochondria, the N-terminal domain of the oligomycin sensitivity conferral protein (OSCP-NT; residues 1-120) anchors one end of the peripheral stalk to the N-terminal tails of one or more alpha-subunits of(More)
Heparanase is an endo-β-D-glucosidase capable of specifically degrading heparan sulphate, one of the main components of the extracellular matrix. This 65 kDa polypeptide is implicated in cancer processes such as tumour formation, angiogenesis and metastasis, making it a very attractive target in antitumour treatments. Structure-based approaches to find(More)
BACKGROUND Excessive apoptosis induces unwanted cell death and promotes pathological conditions. Drug discovery efforts aimed at decreasing apoptotic damage initially targeted the inhibition of effector caspases. Although such inhibitors were effective, safety problems led to slow pharmacological development. Therefore, apoptosis inhibition is still(More)