Feng Song

6Debra Dunaway-Mariano
4Zhihao Zhuang
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The structure and biochemical function of the hot dog-fold thioesterase PaaI operative in the aerobic phenylacetate degradation pathway are examined. PaaI showed modest activity with phenylacetyl-coenzyme A, suggestive of a role in coenzyme A release from this pathway intermediate in the event of limiting downstream pathway enzymes. Minimal activity was(More)
Dihydroflavonol 4-reductase (DFR, EC is a rate-limited enzyme in the biosynthesis of anthocyanins and condensed tannins (proanthocyanidins) that catalyzes the reduction of dihydroflavonols to leucoanthocyanins. In this study, two full-length transcripts encoding for PtrDFR1 and PtrDFR2 were isolated from Populus trichocarpa. Sequence alignment of(More)
4-Hydroxybenzoyl-coenzyme A (4-HBA-CoA) thioesterase catalyzes the hydrolysis of 4-HBA-CoA to 4-hydroxybenzoate and CoA. X-ray crystallographic analysis of the liganded enzyme has shown that the benzoyl thioester and pantetheine moieties of the substrate ligand are bound in a narrow crevice while the nucleotide moiety rests on the protein surface (Thoden,(More)
Hotdog-fold has been identified in more than 1000 proteins, yet many of which in eukaryotes are less studied. No structural or functional studies of human thioesterase superfamily member 2 (hTHEM2) have been reported before. Since hTHEM2 exhibits about 20% sequence identity to Escherichia coli PaaI protein, it was proposed to be a thioesterase with a(More)
In this study, we have shown that recombinant BH1999 from Bacillus halodurans catalyzes the hydrolysis of gentisyl coenzyme A (CoA) (2,5-dihydroxybenzoyl-coenzyme A) at physiological pH with a k(cat)/K(m) of 1.6 x 10(6) M(-1) s(-1) and the hydrolysis of 3-hydroxybenzoyl-CoA with a k(cat)/K(m) of 3.0 x 10(5) M(-1) s(-1). All other acyl-CoA thioesters tested(More)
Nicotinic acetylcholine (ACh) receptors (nAChRs) are ligand-gated ion channels which mediate fast cholinergic synaptic transmission in insect and vertebrate nervous systems. The nAChR agonist-binding site is present at the interface of adjacent subunits and is formed by loops A-C present in alpha subunits together with loops D-F present in either non-alpha(More)
A large group of bacterial virulence autotransporters including AIDA-I from diffusely adhering E. coli (DAEC) and TibA from enterotoxigenic E. coli (ETEC) require hyperglycosylation for functioning. Here we demonstrate that TibC from ETEC harbors a heptosyltransferase activity on TibA and AIDA-I, defining a large family of bacterial autotransporter(More)
OBJECTIVE This study aimed to investigate the main points of preventing anastomotic fistula formation after low-position Dixon operation. METHODS From September 2004 to October 2007, our department continuously conducted 146 cases of low-position Dixon operations. The operation mode involved transabdominal radical resection based on total mesorectal(More)