Chan Bae Park

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The 3' end of the rRNA of the small ribosomal subunit contains two extremely highly conserved dimethylated adenines. This modification and the responsible methyltransferases are present in all three domains of life, but its function has remained elusive. We have disrupted the mouse Tfb1m gene encoding a mitochondrial protein homologous to bacterial(More)
Mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy number regulation is altered in several human mtDNA-mutation diseases and it is also important in a variety of normal physiological processes. Mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM) is essential for human mtDNA transcription and we demonstrate here that it is also a key regulator of mtDNA copy number. We initially(More)
Regulation of mammalian mtDNA gene expression is critical for altering oxidative phosphorylation capacity in response to physiological demands and disease processes. The basal machinery for initiation of mtDNA transcription has been molecularly defined, but the mechanisms regulating its activity are poorly understood. In this study, we show that MTERF3 is a(More)
Regulation of mtDNA expression is critical for maintaining cellular energy homeostasis and may, in principle, occur at many different levels. The leucine-rich pentatricopeptide repeat containing (LRPPRC) protein regulates mitochondrial mRNA stability and an amino-acid substitution of this protein causes the French-Canadian type of Leigh syndrome (LSFC), a(More)
Buforin IIb is a novel cell-penetrating anticancer peptide derived from histone H2A. Here we analyzed the anticancer activity and cancer cell-killing mechanism of buforin IIb. Buforin IIb displayed selective cytotoxicity against 62 cancer cell lines by specifically targeting cancer cells through interaction with cell surface gangliosides. It traversed(More)
Replication of the mammalian mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is dependent on the minimal replisome, consisting of the heterotrimeric mtDNA polymerase (POLG), the hexameric DNA helicase TWINKLE and the tetrameric single-stranded DNA-binding protein (mtSSB). TWINKLE has been shown to unwind DNA during the replication process and many disease-causing mutations have(More)
Two novel antimicrobial peptides were isolated and characterized from the roots of shepherd's purse, Capsella bursa-pastoris. These antimicrobial peptides, named shepherin I and shepherin II, consist of 28 and 38 amino acids, respectively, and are glycine- and histidine-rich peptides. Shepherin I and shepherin II have 67.9% and 65.8% (mol/mol) glycine,(More)
Precise control of mitochondrial DNA gene expression is critical for regulation of oxidative phosphorylation capacity in mammals. The MTERF protein family plays a key role in this process, and its members have been implicated in regulation of transcription initiation and site-specific transcription termination. We now demonstrate that a member of this(More)
The human mitochondrial transcription termination factor (mTERF) is involved in the regulation of transcription of the mitochondrial genome. Similarity searches and phylogenetic analysis demonstrate that mTERF is a member of large and complex protein family (the MTERF family) shared amongst metazoans and plants. Interestingly, we identify three novel MTERF(More)
Mammalian mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) is packaged by mitochondrial transcription factor A (TFAM) into mitochondrial nucleoids that are of key importance in controlling the transmission and expression of mtDNA. Nucleoid ultrastructure is poorly defined, and therefore we used a combination of biochemistry, superresolution microscopy, and electron microscopy to(More)