Roger Cubí

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Although the high presence of cholesterol in nerve terminals is well documented, specific roles of this lipid in transmitter release have remained elusive. Since cholesterol is a highly enriched component in the membrane microdomains known as lipid rafts, it is probable that these domains are very important in synaptic function. The extraction of lipid(More)
Based on a medicinal chemistry guided hypothetical pharmacophore model, novel series of indolyl sulfonamides have been designed and prepared as selective and high-affinity serotonin 5-HT(6) receptor ligands. Furthermore, based on a screening approach of a discovery library, a series of benzoxazinepiperidinyl sulfonamides were identified as selective 5-HT(6)(More)
Tetanus toxin (TeTx) is the protein, synthesized by the anaerobic bacteria Clostridium tetani, which causes tetanus disease. TeTx gains entry into target cells by means of its interaction with lipid rafts, which are membrane domains enriched in sphingomyelin and cholesterol. However, the exact mechanism of host membrane binding remains to be fully(More)
Protein ectodomain shedding is the proteolytic release of the extracellular domain of membrane-bound proteins. Neurotrophin receptor p75(NTR) is known to be affected by shedding. The present work provides evidence, in rat brain synaptosomes, that p75(NTR) is present in detergent-resistant membranes (DRM), also known as lipid rafts, only in its full-length(More)
Brain specific kinases 1 and 2 (BRSK1/2, also named SAD kinases) are serine-threonine kinases specifically expressed in the brain, and activated by LKB1-mediated phosphorylation of a threonine residue at their T-loop (Thr189/174 in human BRSK1/2). BRSKs are crucial for establishing neuronal polarity, and BRSK1 has also been shown to regulate(More)
In the present work we report the presence of protein kinase CK2 in lipid raft preparations from rat brain synaptosomes, obtained after detergent extraction and subsequent isolation of detergent-resistant membranes using sucrose gradient ultracentrifugation. Moreover, the phosphorylation of syntaxin-1 at Ser14, a specific CK2 target, has been detected in(More)
Detergent-resistant membranes (DRM), an experimental model used to study lipid rafts, are typically extracted from cells by means of detergent treatment and subsequent ultracentrifugation in density gradients, Triton X-100 being the detergent of choice in most of the works. Since lipid rafts are membrane microdomains rich in cholesterol, depletion of this(More)
Neurotrophins are a group of secreted polypeptides, which comprises Nerve Growth Factor (NGF) and Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF). Each neurotrophin can bind specifically to a tyrosine kinase Trk receptor (TrkA, TrkB or TrkC), while all of the neurotrophins can bind, with similar affinity, to the p75 neurotrophin receptor (p75(NTR)). Experiments on(More)
Dormant liver stage forms (hypnozoites) of the malaria parasite Plasmodium vivax present major hurdles to control and eradicate infection. Despite major research efforts, the molecular composition of hypnozoites remains ill defined. Here, we applied a combination of state-of-the-art technologies to generate the first transcriptome of hypnozoites. We(More)
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