Sergio de la Fuente

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MICU1 (Ca2+ uptake protein 1, mitochondrial) is an important regulator of the MCU (Ca2+ uniporter protein, mitochondrial) that has been shown recently to act as a gatekeeper of the MCU at low [Ca2+]c (cytosolic [Ca2+]). In the present study we have investigated in detail the dynamics of MCU activity after shRNA-knockdown of MICU1 and we have found several(More)
We use here a new very low-Ca(2+)-affinity targeted aequorin to measure the [Ca(2+)] in the endoplasmic reticulum ([Ca(2+)]ER). The new aequorin chimera has the right Ca(2+)-affinity to make long-lasting measurements of [Ca(2+)]ER in the millimolar range. Moreover, previous Ca(2+)-depletion of the ER is no longer required. The steady-state [Ca(2+)]ER(More)
The dynamics of mitochondrial [Ca(2+)] ([Ca(2+)](M)) plays a key role in a variety of cellular processes. The most important methods available to monitor [Ca(2+)](M) are fluorescent dyes such as rhod-2 and specifically targeted proteins such as aequorin and pericam. However, significant discrepancies, both quantitative and qualitative, exist in the(More)
Mitochondria have a very large capacity to accumulate Ca(2+) during cell stimulation driven by the mitochondrial membrane potential. Under these conditions, [Ca(2+)](M) (mitochondrial [Ca(2+)]) may well reach millimolar levels in a few seconds. Measuring the dynamics of [Ca(2+)](M) during prolonged stimulation has been previously precluded by the high(More)
GDAP1 is an outer mitochondrial membrane protein that acts as a regulator of mitochondrial dynamics. Mutations of the GDAP1 gene cause Charcot-Marie-Tooth (CMT) neuropathy. We show that GDAP1 interacts with the vesicle-organelle trafficking proteins RAB6B and caytaxin, which suggests that GDAP1 may participate in the mitochondrial movement within the cell.(More)
Available methods to measure mitochondrial [Ca(2+)] ([Ca(2+)](M)) include both targeted proteins and fluorescent dyes. Targeted proteins usually report much higher [Ca(2+)](M) values than fluorescent dyes, up to two orders of magnitude. However, we show here that the low-Ca(2+)-affinity dye rhod-5N provides [Ca(2+)](M) values similar to those reported by(More)
We have investigated the kinetics of mitochondrial Ca(2+) influx and efflux and their dependence on cytosolic [Ca(2+)] and [Na(+)] using low-Ca(2+)-affinity aequorin. The rate of Ca(2+) release from mitochondria increased linearly with mitochondrial [Ca(2+)] ([Ca(2+)](M)). Na(+)-dependent Ca(2+) release was predominant al low [Ca(2+)](M) but saturated at(More)
The effect of the intake of antioxidant polyphenols such as resveratrol and others on survival and different parameters of life quality has been a matter of debate in the last years. We have studied here the effects of the polyphenols resveratrol and kaempferol added to the diet in a murine model undergoing long-term hypercaloric diet. Using 50 mice for(More)
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