Ximena Báez-Matus

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Although synaptophysin is one of the most abundant integral proteins of synaptic vesicle membranes, its contribution to neurotransmitter release remains unclear. One possibility is that through its association with dynamin it controls the fine tuning of transmitter release. To test this hypothesis, we took advantage of amperometric measurements of quantal(More)
Neurodegenerative disorders constitute a growing concern worldwide. Their incidence has increased steadily, in particular among the elderly, a high-risk population that is becoming an important segment of society. Neurodegenerative mechanisms underlie many ailments such as Parkinson's disease, Huntington's disease, Alzheimer's disease (AD) and Down syndrome(More)
Over the past years, dynamin has been implicated in tuning the amount and nature of transmitter released during exocytosis. However, the mechanism involved remains poorly understood. Here, using bovine adrenal chromaffin cells, we investigated whether this mechanism rely on dynamin's ability to remodel actin cytoskeleton. According to this idea, inhibition(More)
The cortical actin network is dynamically rearranged during secretory processes. Nevertheless, it is unclear how de novo actin polymerization and the disruption of the preexisting actin network control transmitter release. Here we show that in bovine adrenal chromaffin cells, both formation of new actin filaments and disruption of the preexisting cortical(More)
Chromaffin cells of the adrenal gland medulla synthesize and store hormones and peptides, which are released into the blood circulation in response to stress. Among them, adrenaline is critical for the fight-or-flight response. This neurosecretory process is highly regulated and depends on cytosolic [Ca(2+)]. By forming channels at the plasma membrane,(More)
Upon cell stimulation, the network of cortical actin filaments is rearranged to facilitate the neurosecretory process. This actin rearrangement includes both disruption of the preexisting actin network and de novo actin polymerization. However, the mechanism by which a Ca2+ signal elicits the formation of new actin filaments remains uncertain. Cortactin, an(More)
Dynamin-2 is a ubiquitously expressed GTP-ase that mediates membrane remodeling. Recent findings indicate that dynamin-2 also regulates actin dynamics. Mutations in dynamin-2 cause dominant centronuclear myopathy (CNM), a congenital myopathy characterized by progressive weakness and atrophy of skeletal muscles. However, the muscle-specific roles of(More)
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