Yassel Ramos

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Dengue is currently one of the most important arthropod-borne diseases, causing up to 25,000 deaths annually. There is currently no vaccine to prevent dengue virus infection, which needs a tetravalent vaccine approach. In this work, we describe the cloning and expression in Escherichia coli of envelope domain III-capsid chimeric proteins (DIIIC) of the four(More)
SDS-free polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis is an effective alternative approach to peptide fractionation. Here we describe a discontinuous buffer system at acid pH that improves the separation of acidic peptides from tryptic digestion. MOPS and chloride act as trailing and leading ions, respectively, in this system, while histidine operates as counterion(More)
Tamoxifen is the most frequently used drug for hormone therapy of breast cancer patients, even though a high percentage of women are (or become) refractory to this treatment. The proteins involved in tamoxifen resistance of breast tumor cells as well as the mechanisms by which they interact, are still unknown. Some years ago, we established the xenograft(More)
CIGB-300 is a proapoptotic peptide-based drug that abrogates the CK2-mediated phosphorylation. This peptide has antineoplastic effect on lung cancer cells in vitro and in vivo. To understand the mechanisms involved on such anticancer activity, the NCI-H125 cell line proteomic profile after short-term incubation (45 min) with CIGB-300 was investigated. As(More)
Protein identification by mass spectrometry is mainly based on MS/MS spectra and the accuracy of molecular mass determination. However, the high complexity and dynamic ranges for any species of proteomic samples, surpass the separation capacity and detection power of the most advanced multidimensional liquid chromatographs and mass spectrometers. Only a(More)
Based on the hypothesis that interactions between virions and serum components may influence the outcome of dengue virus (DENV) infections, we decided to use affinity chromatography with domain III from the envelope (E) protein of DENV2 (DIIIE2) as a ligand to isolate virus-binding proteins from human plasma. This approach yielded serum amyloid P (SAP) and(More)
Here we demonstrate the usefulness of peptide fractionation by SDS-free polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis and its applicability to proteomics studies. In the absence of SDS, the driving force for the electrophoretic migration toward the anode is supplied by negatively charged acidic amino acid residues and other residues as phosphate, sulfate and sialic(More)
IPG (Immobilized pH Gradient) based separations are frequently used as the first step in shotgun proteomics methods; it yields an increase in both the dynamic range and resolution of peptide separation prior to the LC-MS analysis. Experimental isoelectric point (pI) values can improve peptide identifications in conjunction with MS/MS information. Thus,(More)
Here we present a procedure for peptide fractionation by SDS-free polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, based on discontinuous buffer systems. In the absence of SDS, peptide migration depends both on their molecular mass and on their net charge at the electrophoresis pH. By selecting the separation pH, peptide mobility is modulated. In the original(More)
The web application Isotopica has been developed as an aid to the interpretation of ions that contain naturally occurring isotopes in a mass spectrum. It allows the calculation of mass values and isotopic distributions based on molecular formulas, peptides/proteins, DNA/RNA, carbohydrate sequences or combinations thereof. In addition, Isotopica takes(More)