Chen-Jie Zhou

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The ubiquitin-interacting motif (UIM) is a short peptide with dual function of binding ubiquitin (Ub) and promoting ubiquitination. We elucidated the structures and dynamics of the tandem UIMs of ataxin-3 (AT3-UIM12) both in free and Ub-bound forms. The solution structure of free AT3-UIM12 consists of two α-helices and a flexible linker, whereas that of the(More)
Homo sapiens J domain protein (HSJ1) is a J-domain containing co-chaperone that is known to stimulate ATPase activity of HSP70 chaperone, while it also harbors two ubiquitin (Ub)-interacting motifs (UIMs) that may bind with ubiquitinated substrates and potentially function in protein degradation. We studied the effects of HSJ1a on the protein levels of both(More)
alpha-Synuclein (alpha-Syn) is the major component of Lewy bodies (LBs) deposited in the brains of patients with Parkinson's disease. Synphilin-1 (Sph1) is a novel alpha-Syn-interacting protein also present in the LBs. However, the roles of alpha-Syn-Sph1 interaction in LB formation and in the related pathogenesis are still unclear. We have studied the(More)
Deubiquitination is a reverse process of cellular ubiquitination important for many biological events. Ubiquitin (Ub)-specific protease 13 (USP13) is an ortholog of USP5 implicated in catalyzing hydrolysis of various Ub chains, but its enzymatic properties and catalytic regulation remain to be explored. Here we report studies of the roles of the Ub-binding(More)
The ubiquitination levels of protein substrates in eukaryotic cells are delicately orchestrated by various protein cofactors and enzymes. Dendritic cell-derived ubiquitin (Ub)-like protein (DC-UbP), also named as Ub domain-containing protein 2 (UBTD2), is a potential Ub shuttle protein comprised of a Ub-like (UbL) domain and a Ub-binding domain (UBD), but(More)
TAR DNA binding protein of 43 kDa (TDP-43) is a nuclear factor functioning in RNA processing. It was also reported that TDP-43 aggregates are deposited in motor neurons implicated in the pathogenesis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and frontotemporal lobar degenera-tion with ubiquitin (FTLD-U). To understand the mechanism underlying the inclusion(More)
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