Chi-Chung Peng

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Oleosins are structural proteins sheltering the oil bodies of plant seeds. Two isoform classes termed H- and L-oleosin are present in diverse angiosperms. Two H-oleosins and one L-oleosin were identified in sesame oil bodies from the protein sequences deduced from their corresponding cDNA clones. Sequence analysis showed that the main difference between the(More)
An expression/purification system was developed using artificial oil bodies (AOB) as carriers for producing recombinant proteins. A target protein, green fluorescent protein (GFP), was firstly expressed in Escherichia coli as an insoluble recombinant protein fused to oleosin, a unique structural protein of seed oil bodies, by a linker sequence susceptible(More)
Besides abundant oleosin, three minor proteins, Sop 1, 2, and 3, are present in sesame (Sesamum indicum) oil bodies. The gene encoding Sop1, named caleosin for its calcium-binding capacity, has recently been cloned. In this study, Sop2 gene was obtained by immunoscreening, and it was subsequently confirmed by amino acid partial sequencing and immunological(More)
A method was developed for production of sesame cystatin, a thermostable cysteine protease inhibitor. Sesame cystatin was first expressed in Escherichia coli as an insoluble recombinant protein fused to oleosin, a unique structural protein of seed oil bodies, by a short hydrophilic linker peptide. Stable artificial oil bodies were constituted with(More)
Royalisin found in the royal jelly of Apis mellifera is an antimicrobial peptide (AMP). It has a molecular weight of 5.5 kDa, which contains six cysteine residues. In this study, royalisin was overexpressed in Escherichia coli AD494 (DE3) as two oleosin-fusion proteins for preparation of its antibodies and functional purification. The recombinant royalisin,(More)
This study aimed to evaluate the antioxidant properties of royal jelly (RJ) collected from larvae of different ages that were transferred in artificial bee queen cells for 24, 48, and 72 h. RJ harvested from the 1 day old larvae 24 h after the graft displayed predominant antioxidant properties, including scavenging activity of 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl(More)
Adiponectin gene polymorphisms have recently been reported to be associated with obesity, insulin sensitivity, and the risk of type 2 diabetes. We examined a T94G polymorphism of the adiponectin gene in 245 ostensibly normal nondiabetic subjects. The G allele frequency was lower among subjects with higher BMI (≥27) than in those with lower BMI. BMI was(More)
We have successfully created polyoleosins by joining multiple oleosin units in tandem head-to-tail fusions. Constructs encoding recombinant proteins of 1, 3 and 6 oleosin repeats were purposely expressed both in planta and in Escherichia coli. Recombinant polyoleosins accumulated in the seed oil bodies of transgenic plants and in the inclusion bodies of E.(More)
Oil bodies of sesame seeds comprise a triacylglycerol matrix, which is surrounded by a monolayer of phospholipids embedded with unique proteins, mainly structural proteins termed oleosins. Artificial oil bodies were successfully reconstituted with various compositions of triacylglycerols, phospholipids, and oil-body proteins. The sizes of reconstituted oil(More)
We evaluated the antioxidant, antibacterial, and anti-inflammatory activities of honey made from different floral sources, including the medicinal herb Bidens pilosa, fruit trees, Dimocarpus longan, Litchi chinensis, and Citrus maxima, the Taiwanese endemic plant Aglaia formosana, and a multifloral forest. The total phenolic and flavonoid contents of the(More)