José J Olivares-Trejo

José J Olivares-Trejo
Autonomous University of Mexico City | UACM · Genomics Sciences

PhD

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Nanotechnology is a frequent treatment for cancer. Nanomaterials are the vehicles which deliver drugs in smaller but equally effective quantities. The aim of this investigation is to synthesize gold nanoparticles, functionalize them for the transportation of cisplatin and release them to the cancer-affected area. They have the same cytotoxicity as...
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Metallothioneins (MTs) have been identified in a wide variety of organisms from bacteria to humans. The biological functions of these MTs have a key role in metalloregulatory metabolism and its expression is induced in response to different stimuli, particularly by divalent metal cations. Also, the action of MTs have been implicated in the survival...
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Streptococcus pneumoniae is a causal agent of otitis media, pneumonia, meningitis and severe cases of septicemia. This human pathogen infects elderly people and children with a high mortality rate of approximately one million deaths per year worldwide. Antibiotic-resistance of S. pneumoniae strains is an increasingly serious health problem; therefo...
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Streptococcus pneumoniae is a Gram-positive microorganism that is the cause of bacterial pneumonia, sinusitis and otitis media. This human pathogen also can cause invasive diseases such as meningitis, bacteremia and septicemia. Haemoglobin (Hb) and haem can support the growth and viability of S. pneumoniae as sole iron sources. Unfortunately, the a...
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Streptococcus pneumoniae is a human pathogen whose principal virulence factor is its capsule. This structure allows the bacteria to evade the human immune system. The treatment of infections caused by this bacterium is based on antibiotics, however the emergence of antibiotic resistant strains makes this task increasingly difficult. Therefore, is n...
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Staphylococcus aureus is an opportunistic pathogen that colonizes human hosts and causes a wide variety of diseases. Two interacting regulatory systems called agr (accessory gene regulator) and sar (staphylococcal accessory regulator) are involved in the regulation of virulence factors. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of vancomycin...
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Streptococcus pneumoniae is a gram positive encapsulated bacterium responsible of septicaemia and upper respiratory infections in children. This pathogen requires iron to survive in the host, which it can obtain of haemoglobin (Hb) or haem. Only two Hb-binding membrane proteins have been identified up to now. However it is unknown whether this path...
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Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that can use multiple iron sources. However, it is unknown whether this bacterium secretes molecules such as siderophores or haemophores to scavenge iron. Here, we report the first secreted iron-binding protein of H. pylori, which we purified by haem-affinity chromatography. Mass spectrometry analysis revealed its...
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Helicobacter pylori is a bacterium that can use multiple iron sources. However, it is unknown whether this bacterium secretes molecules such as siderophores or haemophores to scavenge iron. Here, we report the first secreted iron-binding protein of H. pylori, which we purified by haem-affinity chromatography. Mass spectrometry analysis revealed its...
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Streptococcus pneumoniae, a human pathogen bacterium, can support its growth using haemoglobin (Hb) and haem as sole iron sources, but not when holo-transferrin or holo-lactoferrin is supplied. For this reason, it is easy to think that the principal iron sources for this pathogen inside humans are Hb and haem. Unfortunately, the mechanism has been...
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FrpB1 is a novel membrane protein of Helicobacter pylori that is capable of binding both haem and haemoglobin but consistently shows more affinity for haem. The mRNA levels of frpB1 were repressed by iron and lightly modulated by haem or haemoglobin. The overexpression of the frpB1 gene supported cellular growth when haem or haemoglobin were suppli...
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Adenines downstream of the initiation codon promote protein synthesis; however, some adenine-containing codons (AGA, AGG and AUA) at early positions inhibit protein synthesis when cognate tRNA is exhausted. It has also been reported, although not convincingly, the presence of adenines enhancing mRNA binding to the ribosome. To understand these appa...
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Vancomycin therapy failure due to the emergence of tolerance in pneumococci is increasing. The molecular mechanism of tolerance is not clear, but lytA and pep27 are known to be involved. Our aim was to evaluate the expression of both genes in vancomycin-tolerant Streptococcus pneumoniae (VTSP) strains. Eleven VTSP strains from a total of 309 clinic...
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Entamoeba histolytica is a human pathogen, which can survive using haemoglobin (Hb) as only iron supply. Two probable haemophores (Ehhmbp26 and Ehhmbp45) are involved in iron acquisition in this parasite. However, mechanisms related to their transcriptional regulation have not been studied yet. In the present work, transcriptional profiles of both...
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Entamoeba histolytica is a human pathogen which can grow using different sources of iron such as free iron, lactoferrin, transferrin, ferritin or haemoglobin. In the present study, we found that E. histolytica was also capable of supporting its growth in the presence of haem as the sole iron supply. In addition, when trophozoites were maintained in...
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Entamoeba histolytica is the protozoan parasite which causes human amoebiasis. In this parasite, few encoding genes for transcription factors have been cloned and characterized. The E. histolytica TATA-box binding protein (EhTBP) is the first basal transcription factor that has been studied. To continue with the identification of other members of t...
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Human hemoglobin (Hb) is a metalloprotein used by pathogens as a source of iron during invasive process. It can support the Helicobacter pylori growth and several proteins are induced during iron starvation. However, the identity of those proteins remains unknown. In this work, by in silico analysis we identified FrpB2 in H. pylori genome. This pro...
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The capability of Entamoeba histolytica to use hemoglobin (Hb) as an iron source has been documented. However, the underlying mechanism to acquire iron from this source is poorly understood. In the present work, an in silico analysis in the E. histolytica genome (Pathema database) allowed us to identify a gene coding for a putative 26-kDa protein (...
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Hemoglobin-binding proteins are necessary for pathogens to obtain iron from Hb. Entamoeba histolytica can grow using Hb as source of iron, but the underlying mechanism has not previously been established. In this work, we identified a 45 kDa Hb-binding protein of E. histolytica, which we named Ehhmbp45. In silico analysis showed that Ehhmbp45 conta...
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The ability of Entamoeba histolytica TATA binding protein (EhTBP) to interact with different TATA boxes in gene promoters may be one of the key factors to perform an efficient transcription in this human parasite. In this paper we used several TATA variants to study the in vitro EhTBP DNA-binding activity and to determine the TATA-EhTBP dissociatio...
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To analyse the mechanism by which rare codons near the initiation codon inhibit cell growth and protein synthesis, we used the bacteriophage lambda int gene or early codon substitution derivatives. The lambda int gene has a high frequency of rare ATA, AGA and AGG codons; two of them (AGA AGG) located at positions 3 and 4 of the int open reading fra...

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