Susana Lucas Yagüe

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Distillery wastewaters generated by ethanol production from fermentation of sugar-cane molasses, named vinasses, lead to important ecological impact due to their high content of soluble organic matter and their intense dark-brown color. Taking advantage of the well-known ability of white-rot fungi to degrade an extensive variety of organic pollutants, the(More)
The defense mechanisms of endothelial cells (EC) against reactive oxygen species (ROS) are insufficiently characterized. We have addressed the hypothesis that vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and its receptors are relevant elements in this response. Cell viability, VEGF and VEGF receptor (VEGFR1 and VEGFR2) expression, and transcription factor(More)
Angiotensin II (AngII) is a cytokine that participates in renal damage. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is constitutively expressed in the kidney and is involved in the progression of renal disease. The aim of this work was to investigate the relation between AngII and VEGF and the mechanisms involved in its regulation in the kidney. We have(More)
The relative importance of cyclophilin (CyP) versus calcineurin (Cn)-mediated mechanisms in the effect of cyclosporin A (CsA) on endothelial cells (ECs) is largely unknown. In cultured ECs, CsA was cytotoxic/proapoptotic or cytoprotective/antiapoptotic at high or low concentrations, respectively. CsA analogs (MeVal-4-CsA and MeIle-4-CsA), which bind to CyP(More)
Laccase, a phenoloxidase enzyme secreted by white-rot fungi, has a significant role in the degradation of lignin and environmental pollutants. Coriolopsis gallica is a ligninolytic basidiomycete that produces high levels of this extracellular enzyme. A laccase gene cglcc1 from this fungus has been cloned and sequenced. The capacity of C. gallica to(More)
Laccases produced by white rot fungi are involved in the degradation of lignin and a broad diversity of other natural and synthetic molecules, having a great potential for biotechnological applications. They are frequently encoded by gene families, as in the basidiomycete Trametes sp. strain I-62, from which the lcc1, lcc2, and lcc3 laccase genes have been(More)
Proangiogenic, proliferative effects of tumors have been extensively characterized in subconfluent endothelial cells (EC), but results in confluent, contact-inhibited EC are critically lacking. The present study examined the effect of tumor-conditioned medium (CM) of the malignant osteoblastic cell line MG63 on monolayer, quiescent bovine aorta EC. MG63-CM(More)
Nine phenolic compounds (p-coumaric acid, ferulic acid, guaiacol, syringol, p-methoxyphenol, pyrocatechol, phloroglucinol, 3,5-dihydroxybenzoic acid, and syringaldazine) were tested for their ability to increase laccase production in the ligninolytic basidiomycete Trametes sp. I-62. All these compounds resulted in increases in laccase activity, with the(More)
BACKGROUND Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) formation is a critical factor in processes involving ischaemia/ reperfusion. However, the precise mechanism by which reactive oxygen species (ROS) induce vascular damage are insufficiently known. Specifically, activation of phospholipase C gamma (PLCgamma) is a probable candidate pathway involved in vascular smooth(More)
Wastewaters generated from the production of ethanol from sugar cane molasses may have detrimental effects on the environment due to their high chemical oxygen demand and dark brown color. The color is mainly associated with the presence of melanoidins, which are highly recalcitrant to biodegradation. We report here the induction of laccases by molasses(More)