Hyun Ah Kang

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RAM (regulation of Ace2p transcription factor and polarized morphogenesis) is a conserved signaling network that regulates polarized morphogenesis in yeast, worms, flies, and humans. To investigate the role of the RAM network in cell polarity and hyphal morphogenesis of Candida albicans, each of the C. albicans RAM genes (CaCBK1, CaMOB2, CaKIC1, CaPAG1,(More)
 In order to direct the persistent expression of recombinant human serum albumin (HSA) from the GAL10 promoter in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, we carried out periodic feeding of galactose during shake-flask cultures. Unexpectedly, the recombinant protein secreted was observed to undergo rapid degradation, which was apparently accelerated by(More)
To facilitate the selection of multiple gene integrants in Hansenula polymorpha, a rapid and copy-number-controlled selection system was developed using a vector containing a telomeric autonomous replication sequence and the bacterial aminoglycoside 3-phosphotransferase (APH) gene. Direct use of the unmodified APH gene as a dominant selectable marker(More)
Streptococcus pneumoniae is a causative agent of high morbidity and mortality. Although sugar moieties have been recognized as ligands for initial contact with the host, only a few exoglycosidases have been reported to occur in S. pneumoniae. In this study, a putative beta-galactosidase, encoded by the bgaC gene of S. pneumoniae, was characterized for its(More)
N-Acetylglucosaminyltransferase-V (GnT-V) has been reported to be up-regulated in invasive/metastatic cancer cells, but a comprehensive understanding of how the transferase correlates with the invasive/metastatic potential is not currently available. Through a glycomics approach, we identified 30 proteins, including tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1(More)
In eukaryotic cells, the unfolded protein response (UPR) pathway plays a crucial role in cellular homeostasis of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) during exposure to diverse environmental conditions that cause ER stress. Here we report that the human fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans has evolved a unique UPR pathway composed of an evolutionarily(More)
Nervous necrosis viruses (NNVs) cause mass mortality of marine fish, leading to large economic losses for aquaculturists. A promising vaccine candidate for preventing NNV infection is the NNV virus-like particle (VLP), which is a structure resulting from assembly of recombinant NNV capsid protein. NNV capsid proteins have been expressed in insect cells and(More)
Tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-2 (TIMP-2) is an endogenous and bi-functional inhibitor of angiogenesis. TIMP-2 is expressed in an insoluble form in Escherichia coli and secreted at a very low level from yeast. Here, we report on a high level of secretion of TIMP-2 fused with human serum albumin (HSA) from the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. The(More)
The thermotolerant methylotrophic yeast Hansenula polymorpha has recently been gaining interest as a promising host for bioethanol production due to its ability to ferment xylose, glucose, and cellobiose at elevated temperatures up to 48 °C. In this study, we identified and characterized alcohol dehydrogenase 1 of H. polymorpha (HpADH1). HpADH1 seems to be(More)
In yeast, functions of the endoplasmic reticulum (ER) depend on the Golgi apparatus Ca2+ pool, which is replenished by the medial-Golgi ion pump Pmr1p. Here, to dissect the role of the Golgi Ca2+ pool in protein folding and elimination of unfolded proteins in the ER, the manifestations of the pmr1 mutation in yeast Hansenula polymorpha were studied. The(More)