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Matías D. Asención Diez


Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Faculty of Biochemistry and Biological Sciences, National University of the Litoral, Argentina, 2013

Current position

Adjunct Professor, National University of the Litoral, Postdoctoral Fellow, National Council for Research in Science and Technology (CONICET), Argentina


  1. Asencion Diez, M. D., Aleanzi, M. C., Iglesias, A. A. and Ballicora, M. A. (2014). A Novel Dual Allosteric Activation Mechanism of Escherichia coli ADP-Glucose Pyrophosphorylase: The Role of Pyruvate. PLoS One 9(8): e103888.
  2. Asencion Diez, M. D., Demonte, A. M., Guerrero, S. A., Ballicora, M. A. and Iglesias, A. A. (2013). The ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylase from Streptococcus mutans provides evidence for the regulation of polysaccharide biosynthesis in Firmicutes. Mol Microbiol 90(5): 1011-1027.
  3. Asención Diez, M. D., Ebrecht, A. C., Martínez, L. I., Aleanzi, M. C., Guerrero, S. A., Ballícora, M. A. and Iglesias, A. A. (2013). A Chimeric UDP-Glucose Pyrophosphorylase Produced by Protein Engineering Exhibits Sensitivity to Allosteric Regulators. International Journal of Molecular Sciences 14(5): 9703-9721.
  4. Piattoni, C. V., Figueroa, C. M., Asencion Diez, M. D., Parcerisa, I. L., Antuña, S., Comelli, R. A., Guerrero, S. A., Beccaria, A. J. and Iglesias, A. Á. (2013). Production and characterization of Escherichia coli glycerol dehydrogenase as a tool for glycerol recycling. Process Biochemistry 48(3): 406-412.
  5. Figueroa, C. M., Asencion Diez, M. D., Kuhn, M. L., McEwen, S., Salerno, G. L., Iglesias, A. A. and Ballicora, M. A. (2013). The unique nucleotide specificity of the sucrose synthase from Thermosynechococcus elongatus. FEBS Lett 587(2): 165-169.
  6. Asencion Diez, M. D., Peiru, S., Demonte, A. M., Gramajo, H. and Iglesias, A. A. (2012). Characterization of recombinant UDP- and ADP-glucose pyrophosphorylases and glycogen synthase to elucidate glucose-1-phosphate partitioning into oligo- and polysaccharides in Streptomyces coelicolor. J Bacteriol 194(6): 1485-1493.
  7. Asencion Diez, M. D., Demonte, A., Giacomelli, J., Garay, S., Rodrigues, D., Hofmann, B., Hecht, H. J., Guerrero, S. A. and Iglesias, A. A. (2010). Functional characterization of GDP-mannose pyrophosphorylase from Leptospira interrogans serovar Copenhageni. Arch Microbiol 192(2): 103-114.
Protocols by Matías D. Asención Diez
  1. Iodine Staining of Escherichia coli Expressing Genes Involved in the Synthesis of Bacterial Glycogen