Tomasz Boczek

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Changes in PMCA2 and PMCA3 expression during neuronal development are tightly linked to structural and functional modifications in Ca(2+) handling machinery. Using antisense strategy we obtained stably transfected PC12 lines with reduced level of PMCA2 or PMCA3, which were then subjected to dibutyryl-cAMP differentiation. Reduced level of neuron-specific(More)
A growing body of evidence indicates that clinical use of ketamine as a promising antidepressant can be accompanied by psychotic-like side effects. Although, the generation of such effects is thought to be attributed to dysfunction of prefrontal GABAergic interneurons, the mechanism underlying ketamine's propsychotic-like action is not fully understood. Due(More)
Microsomal glutathione transferase 1 (MGST1) possesses glutathione transferase and peroxidase activities and is active in biotransformation of xenobiotics and in defense against oxidative stress. To assess MGST1 role in the development and functioning of PC12 cells, we constructed a cell line with reduced MGST1 (PC12_M). Real-time PCR and immunoblot assays(More)
Cellular calcium homeostasis is controlled predominantly by the plasma membrane calcium pump (PMCA). From four PMCA isoforms, PMCA1 and PMCA4 are ubiquitous, while PMCA2 and PMCA3 are found in excitable cells. We have previously shown that suppression of neuron-specific PMCAs in non-differentiated PC12 cells changed the cell morphology and triggered(More)
Plasma membrane Ca(2+)-ATPase (PMCA) by extruding Ca(2+) outside the cell, actively participates in the regulation of intracellular Ca(2+) concentration. Acting as Ca(2+)/H(+) counter-transporter, PMCA transports large quantities of protons which may affect organellar pH homeostasis. PMCA exists in four isoforms (PMCA1-4) but only PMCA2 and PMCA3, due to(More)
The DUF1094 family contains over 100 bacterial proteins, all containing a conserved CXC motif, with unknown function. We solved the crystal structure of the Bacillus subtilis representative, the product of the yphP gene. The protein shows remarkable structural similarity to thioredoxins, with a canonical alphabetaalphabetaalphabetabetaalpha topology,(More)
Ketamine, a high affinity uncompetitive antagonist of voltage-dependent NMDA receptor, has been used for years as a dissociative anesthetic. Although the drug is considered as safe and well-tolerable, it is now evident that it can exert dose-dependent multidirectional effects acting on different cellular targets and pathways. The latest clinical studies(More)
Several lines of evidence suggest the contribution of age-related decline in plasma membrane calcium pump (PMCA) to the onset of neurodegenerative diseases. From four PMCA isoforms, PMCA2, and PMCA3 respond to a rapid removal of Ca2+ and are expressed predominantly in excitable cells. We have previously shown that suppression of neuron-specific PMCAs in(More)
Chronic N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor (NMDAR) antagonist treatment can provide valuable neurochemical and neuroanatomical models of experimental psychosis. One such antagonist, ketamine, with its short half-time and well-documented psychotomimetic action, has cognitive effects resembling various aspects of schizophrenia-like symptoms. In order to obtain(More)