Feng Song

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Coral reefs are highly productive ecosystems that provide a variety of valuable goods and services, including recreational opportunities. The open-access nature and public good characteristics of coral reefs often result in them being undervalued in decision making related to their use and conservation. In response to this, there now exists a substantial(More)
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)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Secondary degeneration of the pyramidal tract after focal motor pathway stroke has been observed by diffusion tensor imaging. However, the relationships between outcomes in hand function and secondary degeneration in widespread regions are not well understood. For the first time, we investigated the differences of secondary(More)
This paper examines the catalytic function of the protein YbgC, encoded by the ybgC gene of the tol-pal gene cluster in Haemophilus influenzae. The YbgC protein, a homologue of the Pseudomonas sp. strain CBS3 4-hydroxybenzoyl-coenzyme A thioesterase, conserves the active site Asp residue associated with thioesterase activity. The H. influenzae ybgC gene was(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)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE To find an optimal normalizing factor for upper cervical spinal cord area (UCCA) and to establish whether, in a cross-sectional study, the normalized UCCA correlates better with the neurological disability than the absolute measurement in multiple sclerosis patients. METHODS UCCA and three potential normalizing factors were(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)
Introduction. The 11-kDa protein is encoded by the HI0828 gene of Haemophilus influenzae (YciI) targeted by the Structure to Function Structural Genomics Project (http://s2f.carb.nist.gov) as a prototype of a novel sequence family of unknown fold and biochemical function. Here we report the 0.99 Å crystal structure of the HI0828 dimer, which defines an ␣/␤(More)
In this study, the second-order rate constant k2 of base-catalyzed hydrolysis and the values of kcat, Km and kcat/Km of wild-type Pseudomonas sp. CBS3 4-hydroxybenzoyl coenzyme A (4-HBA-CoA) thioesterase-catalyzed hydrolysis of 4-HBA-CoA and its para-substituted analogs were measured. For the base-catalyzed hydrolysis, the plot of logk2 vs the sigma value(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)