Hsiang-Ling Chen

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Based on the sequence homology, we have modeled the three-dimensional structure of Bacillus licheniformis aldehyde dehydrogenase (BlALDH) and identified two different residues, Glu255 and Cys289, that might be responsible for the catalytic function of the enzyme. The role of these residues was further investigated by site-directed mutagenesis and(More)
The oligomeric states of Bacillus licheniformis and Escherichia coli γ-glutamyltranspeptidases (BlGGT and EcGGT) in solution have been investigated by analytical ultracentrifugation. The results showed that BlGGT has a sedimentation coefficient of 5.12S, which can be transformed into an experimental molecular mass of approximately 62,680Da. The monomeric(More)
Environmental variables can significantly influence the folding and stability of a protein molecule. In the present study, the biophysical properties of a truncated Bacillus sp. TS-23 α-amylase (BACΔNC) were characterized in detail by glutaraldehyde cross-linking, analytical ultracentrifugation, and various spectroscopic techniques. With cross-linking(More)
In studying the structure and function of Escherichia coli dipeptidyl carboxypeptidase (EcDCP), we have employed in vitro mutagenesis and subsequent protein expression to genetically dissect the enzyme in order to gain insight into the catalytic mechanism. Comparison of the amino acid sequence of EcDCP with other homologues indicates that the active site of(More)
The NAD(+)-requiring enzymes of the aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) family contain a glycine motif, GX1- 2GXXG, which is reminiscent of the fingerprint region of the Rossman fold, a conserved structural motif of the classical nicotinamide nucleotide-binding proteins. In this research, the role of three glycine residues situated within the putative(More)
We report the study of surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) and photocatalytic reactions of methylene blue (MB) adsorbed on cubic silver oxide (c-Ag2O) nanocrystals. The SERS activities of MB observed on c-Ag2O are surface coverage-dependent. According to the SERS selection rules, the strong intensities of the C-S-C and C-N-C bending modes imply that(More)
The drugs currently used to treat Alzheimer's disease (AD) are limited in the benefits they confer, and no medication has been clearly proven to cure or delay the progression of AD. Most candidate AD drugs are meant to reduce the production, aggregation, and toxicity of amyloid β (Aβ) or to promote Aβ clearance. Herein, we demonstrate the efficient(More)
Aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) catalyzes the conversion of aldehydes to the corresponding acids by means of an NAD(P)+-dependent virtually irreversible reaction. In this investigation, the biophysical properties of a recombinant Bacillus licheniformis ALDH (BlALDH) were characterized in detail by analytical ultracentrifuge (AUC) and various spectroscopic(More)
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