Chin Hui Yu

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An important and exciting challenge in the postgenomic era is to understand the functions of newly discovered proteins based on their structures. The main thrust is to find the common structural motifs that contribute to specific functions. Using this premise, here we report the purification, solution NMR, and functional characterization of a novel class of(More)
Acidic fibroblast growth factor from newt (Notopthalmus viridescens) is a approximately 15-kDa, all beta-sheet protein devoid of disulfide bonds. In the present study, we investigate the effects of 2,2,2-trifluoroethanol (TFE) on the structure of newt acidic fibroblast growth factor (nFGF-1). The protein aggregates maximally in 10% (v/v) TFE. Congo red and(More)
In the present study, we demonstrate the thermal induced amyloid formation in a beta-barrel protein, such as the acidic fibroblast growth factor from Notopthalmus viridescens (nFGF-1). Fibril formation in nFGF-1 is observed to occur maximally at 65 degrees C. Electron microscope analysis of the thermal induced fibrils of nFGF-1 shows that they are(More)
The three-dimensional solution structure of an acidic fibroblast growth factor (nFGF-1) from the newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) is determined using multidimensional NMR techniques. Complete assignment of all the atoms ((1)H, (15)N, and (13)C) has been achieved using a variety of triple resonance experiments. 50 structures were calculated using hybrid(More)
The structure and dynamics of equilibrium intermediate in the unfolding pathway of the human acidic fibroblast growth factor (hFGF-1) are investigated using a variety of biophysical techniques including multidimensional NMR spectroscopy. Guanidinium hydrochloride (GdnHCl)-induced unfolding of hFGF-1 proceeds with the accumulation of a stable intermediate(More)
Fibroblast growth factors (FGFs) play crucial roles in the regulation of key cellular processes such as angiogenesis, differentiation, and tumor growth. Suramin, a polysulfonated naphthylurea, is known to be a potent inhibitor of FGF-induced angiogenesis. Using isothermal titration calorimetry, we demonstrate that human acidic fibroblast growth factor(More)
S100A13 is a member of the S100 protein family that is involved in the copper-dependent nonclassical secretion of signal peptideless proteins fibroblast growth factor 1 and interleukin 1 lpha. In this study, we investigate the effects of interplay of Cu2+ and Ca2+ on the structure of S100A13 using a variety of biophysical techniques, including(More)
The S100P protein is a member of the S100 family of calcium-binding proteins and possesses both intracellular and extracellular functions. Extracellular S100P binds to the cell surface receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) and activates its downstream signaling cascade to meditate tumor growth, drug resistance and metastasis. Preventing the(More)
Effect(s) of organic solvents on an all beta-sheet protein are investigated to understand the influence of backbone conformation on protein aggregation. Results obtained in the present study reveal that protein aggregation is accompanied by the formation of non-native beta-sheet conformation. In contrast, induction of non-native helical segments in the(More)
Cobrotoxin (CBTX) is a highly toxic short neurotoxin, isolated from the Taiwan cobra (Naja naja atra) venom. In the present study for the first time we report the cloning and expression of CBTX in high yields (12mg/L) in Escherichia coli. CBTX fused to the IgG-binding domain of protein A (IgG-CBTX) was expressed in the soluble form. The misfolded CBTX(More)