Susana Moreno-Díaz de la Espina

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DNA replication is tightly regulated to constrain the genetic material within strict spatiotemporal boundaries and copy numbers. Bacterial plasmids are autonomously replicating DNA molecules of much clinical, environmental and biotechnological interest. A mechanism used by plasmids to prevent over-replication is 'handcuffing', i.e. inactivating the(More)
In bacterial plasmids, Rep proteins initiate DNA replication by undergoing a structural transformation coupled to dimer dissociation. Amyloidogenesis of the 'winged-helix' N-terminal domain of RepA (WH1) is triggered in vitro upon binding to plasmid-specific DNA sequences, and occurs at the bacterial nucleoid in vivo. Amyloid fibers are made of distorted(More)
Protein amyloid aggregates epigenetically determine either advantageous or proteinopathic phenotypes. Prions are infectious amyloidogenic proteins, whereas prionoids lack infectivity but spread from mother to daughter cells. While prion amyloidosis has been studied in yeast and mammalian cells models, the dynamics of transmission of an amyloid proteinopathy(More)
This paper deals with the induction of cytoplasmic nucleolar bodies in meristematic Allium cepa L. cells after treatment with drugs which interfere with nucleolar functionality. The drugs which interfere with protein synthesis failed to produce these bodies. The ultrastructure origin and physiological significance of these bodies are discussed here, as well(More)
The intricate complexity, at the molecular and cellular levels, of the processes leading to the development of amyloid proteinopathies is somehow counterbalanced by their common, universal structural basis. The later has fueled the quest for suitable model systems to study protein amyloidosis under quasi-physiological conditions in vitro and in simpler(More)
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