Fangkun Ning

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Although urea and guanidine hydrochloride are commonly used to denature proteins, the molecular underpinnings of this process have remained unclear for a century. To address this question, crystal structures of β-catenin were determined at various urea concentrations. These structures contained at least 105 unique positions that were occupied by urea(More)
Effector CD8(+) T cells convert from IFN-γ(+) (Tc1) to IL-13(+) (Tc2) cells in the presence of IL-4. Underlying regulatory mechanisms are not fully defined. Here, we show that addition of 1,25D3, the active form of vitamin D3, during CD8(+) T-cell differentiation prevents IL-4-induced conversion to IL-13-producers. Transfer of 1,25D3-treated CD8(+) T cells(More)
3-Oxoacyl-(acyl-carrier-protein) reductase (OAR1 or FabG, EC. is responsible for the first reductive step in fatty acid biosynthesis using Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide Phosphate (NADPH) as a cofactor. Recent studies suggest there is a fatty acid synthetase II pathway that consists of a series of separate enzymes in yeast mitochondrion. Here,(More)
The short palate, lung and nasal epithelial clone 1 (SPLUNC1) protein is a member of the palate, lung, and nasal epithelium clone (PLUNC) family, also known as bactericidal/permeability-increasing (BPI) fold-containing protein, family A, member 1 (BPIFA1). SPLUNC1 is an abundant protein in human airways, but its function remains poorly understood. The lipid(More)
Two of the unsolved, important questions about epigenetics are: do histone arginine demethylases exist, and is the removal of histone tails by proteolysis a major epigenetic modification process? Here, we report that two orphan Jumonji C domain (JmjC)-containing proteins, JMJD5 and JMJD7, have divalent cation-dependent protease activities that(More)
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