Denis Tsz-Ming Ip

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Acetylcholinesterase (AChE) (EC. 3.1.1.7) is the acetylcholine-hydrolyzing enzyme that plays an essential role on cholinergic neurotransmission at the synapses of the brain and at the neuromuscular junctions. In order to gain insight into the molecular mechanisms of neuromuscular dysfunction associated with AChE deficiency, we have compared the RNA(More)
A novel orange fluorescent protein (OFP) was cloned from the tentacles of Cnidarian tube anemone Cerianthus sp. It consists of 222 amino acid residues with a calculated molecular mass of 25.1 kDa. A BLAST protein sequence homology search revealed that native OFP has 81% sequence identity to Cerianthus membranaceus green fluorescent protein (cmFP512), 38%(More)
The aqueous and methanol extracts of thirty-one herbs traditionally used as anti-fever remedies in China were screened for their in vitro inhibition on human immunodeficiency virus type-1 protease (HIV-1 PR). The activity of recombinant HIV-1 protease was determined by sequence-specific cleavage at the Tyr-Pro bond of the fluorogenic substrate(More)
The interaction between HIV-1 integrase and LEDGF/P75 has been validated as a target for anti-HIV drug development. Based on the crystal structure of integrase in complex with LEDGF/P75, a library containing 80 thousand natural compounds was filtered with virtual screening. 11 hits were selected for cell based assays. One compound,(More)
This novel orange fluorescent protein (OFP) emits brilliant orange fluorescent light. OFP has high fluorescence quantum yield, fast maturation rate, and stability, which imply this protein should be the most favorable biotechnological tools used to investigate the function of target gene by visualizing, monitoring, and quantifying in living cells. B. mori,(More)
A novel orange fluorescent protein, with excitation and emission maxima at 548 and 565 nm, respectively, from the Cnidaria tube anemone Cerianthus sp. has been cloned and overexpressed in Escherichia coli. The orange fluorescent protein has been crystallized by the sitting-drop vapour-diffusion method at 290 K using polyethylene glycol 3350 as a(More)
Translocation of viral integrase (IN) into the nucleus is a critical precondition of integration during the life cycle of HIV, a causative agent of Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndromes (AIDS). As the first discovered cellular factor to interact with IN, Lens epithelium-derived growth factor (LEDGF/p75) plays an important role in the process of integration.(More)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by a multitude of environmental, neurochemical, and genetic factors. The gene for human dopamine D4 receptor (DRD4) has been considered as a plausible candidate for the pathogenesis of PD. Different dopamine D4 receptor allelic forms have variable affinity toward certain neuroleptics such as(More)
PURPOSE C-X-C chemokine receptor type 4 (CXCR4) signaling has been demonstrated to be involved in cancer invasion and migration; therefore, CXCR4 antagonist can serve as an anti-cancer drug by preventing tumor metastasis. This study aimed to identify the CXCR4 antagonists that could reduce and/or inhibit tumor metastasis from natural products. METHODS AND(More)
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