Baohua Zhang

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Estrogen antagonists are universally employed in the breast cancer therapy, although antagonist therapy is limited by the inevitable development of cellular resistance. The molecular mechanisms by which these agents inhibit cellular proliferation in breast cancer cells are not fully defined. Recent studies have shown the involvement of the E2F pathway in(More)
E2F transcription factors play a major role in controlling mammalian cell cycle progression. We recently reported that a potential tumor suppressor, prohibitin, which interacts with retinoblastoma protein (Rb), regulates E2F function and this activity correlates with its growth-suppressive activity. We show here that prohibitin recruits Brg-1/Brm to(More)
Fumaric acid, a dicarboxylic acid used as a food acidulant and in manufacturing synthetic resins, can be produced from glucose in fermentation by Rhizopus oryzae. However, the fumaric acid yield is limited by the co-production of ethanol and other byproducts. To increase fumaric acid production, overexpressing endogenous pyruvate carboxylase (PYC) and(More)
Protein acetylation is increasingly recognized as an important post-translational modification. Although a lot of protein acetyltransferases have been identified, a few putative acetyltransferases are yet to be studied. In this study, we identified a novel protein acetyltransferase, Patt1, which belongs to GNAT family. Patt1 exhibited histone(More)
OBJECTIVE Liver tumour-initiating cells (T-ICs) are critical for hepatocarcinogenesis. However, the underlying mechanism regulating the function of liver T-ICs remains unclear. METHODS Tissue microarrays containing 242 hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) samples were used for prognostic analysis. Magnetically activated cell sorting was used to isolate(More)
Germ line mutations of the ubiquitin ligase cullin 7 (CUL7) are linked to 3-M syndrome and Yakuts short stature syndrome, both of which are characterized by pre- and post-natal growth retardation. CUL7 knock-out mice show placental and embryonic defects similar to intrauterine growth retardation, suggesting a role of CUL7 in placentation. CUL7 was found in(More)
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) complicated by portal vein tumor thrombus (PVTT) is associated with poor prognosis, early recurrence of HCC, and limited treatment options. Current guidelines do not have standardized diagnostic and treatment modalities, thus creating a need for a multidisciplinary treatment model for standardization of the treatment. Eastern(More)
Biodiesel has attracted more and more attention in recent years because of its biodegradability, environmentally friendliness, and renewability. Contrary to the conventional chemical catalysis method to produce biodiesel, the biochemical catalysis method developed quickly in the past decade and many immobilized enzymes are commercially available to meet the(More)
Hydrophobins are small fungal proteins that self-assemble spontaneously at hydrophilic-hydrophobic interfaces and change the polar nature of the surfaces to which they attach. A new hydrophobin gene hgfI was identified recently from the edible mushroom Grifola frondosa. In this paper, the cloning, expression, purification, and polyclonal antibody(More)