Jessica I Chuang

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The nitrile stretching mode of the thiocyanate moiety is a nearly ideal probe for measuring the local electric field arising from the organized environment of the interior of a protein. Nitriles were introduced into three proteins: ribonuclease S (RNase S), human aldose reductase (hALR2), and the reaction center (RC) of Rhodobacter capsulatus, through a(More)
To search for folding intermediates, we have examined the folding and unfolding kinetics of wild-type barnase and four representative mutants under a wide range of conditions that span two-state and multi-state kinetics. The choice of mutants and conditions provided in-built controls for artifacts that might distort the interpretation of kinetics, such as(More)
The liver has been suspected to be one of the major targets of dengue virus infection. Here, we detected increasing secretion of the chemokine RANTES (regulated upon activation, normal T cell expressed and secreted), which functions to recruit the immune cells, in dengue-virus-infected liver cells and patients. Three luciferase reporter genes with various(More)
Subpicosecond time-resolved absorption measurements at 77 K on two reaction center (RC) mutants of Rhodobacter capsulatus are reported. In the D(LL) mutant the D helix of the M subunit has been substituted with the D helix from the L subunit, and in the D(LL)-FY(L)F(M) mutant, three additional mutations are incorporated that facilitate electron transfer to(More)
We present studies on a series of photosynthetic reaction center (RC) mutants created in the background of the Rhodobacter capsulatus D(LL) mutant, in which the D helix of the M subunit has been substituted with that from the L subunit. Previous work on the D(LL) mutant in chromatophore preparations showed that RCs assembled without the bacteriopheophytin(More)
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