Dong-yi Zhang

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The coding sequence of huwentoxin-I, a neurotoxic peptide isolated from the venom of the Chinese spider Ornithoctonus huwena, was amplified by PCR using the cDNA library constructed from the spider venom glands. The cloned fragment was inserted into the expression vector pET-40b and transformed into the E. coli strain BL21 (DE3). The expression of a soluble(More)
The voltage-gated sodium channel (VGSC) interacting peptide is of special interest for both basic research and pharmaceutical purposes. In this study, we established a yeast-two-hybrid based strategy to detect the interaction(s) between neurotoxic peptide and the extracellular region of VGSC. Using a previously reported neurotoxin JZTX-III as a model(More)
Hainantoxin-IV (HNTX-IV) from the venom of the spider Selenocosmia hainana is a potent antagonist that specifically inhibits the tetrodotoxin-sensitive (TTX-S) sodium channels. The toxin peptide consists of 35 amino acids and adopts a typical inhibitory cystine knot (ICK) motif. To obtain adequate HNTX-IV peptides for further insight into the(More)
In the present study, we used Escherichia coli to produce recombinant Hainantoxin-III (rHNTX-III), a 33-amino acid peptic toxin from the tarantula spider Haplopelma hainanum. The toxin has three pairs of disulfide bonds. A pET-HS-HNTX-III vector was constructed and transformed into the E. coli strain SHuffleTM. rHNTX-III was expressed using auto-induction(More)
Here, an efficient cloning strategy for large DNA fragments and for simultaneous assembly of multiple DNA fragments assembly is presented. This strategy is named OEPR (based on Overlap Extension PCR and Recombination in vivo). OEPR cloning is a seamless, restriction- and ligation-independent method. The method takes advantage of both homologous(More)
Molecular cloning methods based on primer and overlap-extension PCR are widely used due to their simplicity, reliability, low cost and high efficiency. In this article, an efficient mega primer-mediated (MP) cloning strategy for chimaeragenesis and long DNA fragment insertion is presented. MP cloning is a seamless, restriction/ligation-independent method(More)
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For years, prokaryotic hosts have been widely applied in bio-engineering. However, the confined in vivo enzyme clustering of heterologous metabolic pathways in these organisms often results in low local concentrations of enzymes and substrates, leading to a low productive efficacy. We developed a new method to accelerate a heterologous metabolic system by(More)
The peptide toxin GsAF II (Kappa-theraphotoxin-Gr2c) is a 31-amino acid peptide, recently isolated from the venom of the tarantula spider Grammostola rosea. The peptide toxin ProTX II (β/ω-theraphotoxin-Tp2a), is a 30-amino acid peptide toxin recently isolated from the venom of the tarantula spider Thrixopelma pruriens. The GsAF II and ProTX II have similar(More)
Tarantula toxins compose an important class of spider toxins that target ion channels, and some are known to interact with lipid membranes. In this study, we focus on a tarantula toxin, Jingzhaotoxin-III (JZTx-III) that specifically targets the cardiac voltage-gated sodium channel Na $${_v}$$ v 1.5 and is suspected to be able to interact with lipid(More)