Chao Kang

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A new fungal strain that was isolated from our library was identified as an Aspergillus oryzae and noted to produce a novel proly endopeptidase. The enzyme was isolated, purified, and characterized. The molecular mass of the prolyl endopeptidase was estimated to be 60 kDa by using SDS-PAGE. Further biochemical characterization assays revealed that the(More)
A novel prolyl endopeptidase gene from Aspergillus oryzae was cloned and expressed in Pichia pastoris. Amino acid sequence analysis of the prolyl endopeptidase from Aspergillus oryzae (AO-PEP) showed that this enzyme belongs to a class serine peptide S28 family. Expression, purification and characterization of AO-PEP were analyzed. The optimum pH and(More)
A novel endoprotease Endo-Pro-Aspergillus niger (endoprotease EPR) was first successfully expressed at high level in the methylotrophic yeast Pichia pastoris and the purification procedure was established. The endoprotease EPR is 95 % identity with proline specific endopeptidase from A. niger CBS513.88 (EMBL; AX458699), while sharing low identity with those(More)
CD14 plays a crucial role in the inflammatory response to lipopolysaccharide (LPS), which interacts with TLR4 and MD-2 to enable cell activation, resulting in inflammation. Upstream inhibition of the inflammation pathway mediated by bacterial LPS, toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) and cluster of differentiation antigen 14 (CD14) was proven to be an effective(More)
BACKGROUND Cluster of differentiation 14 (CD14) functions as a co-receptor for Toll-like receptor (TLR)-4 and myeloid differentiation factor (MD)-2 in detecting bacterial lipopolysaccharide. Together, these complexes promote the phagocytosis and digestion of Gram-negative bacteria, and initiate immune responses. To date, much of our understanding of CD14(More)
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