Ji-Ping Zhang

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The three-dimensional structures of brain pyridoxal kinase and its complex with the nucleotide ATP have been elucidated in the dimeric form at 2.1 and 2.6 A, respectively. Results have shown that pyridoxal kinase, as an enzyme obeying random sequential kinetics in catalysis, does not possess a lid shape structure common to all kinases in the ribokinase(More)
BACKGROUND Ghrelin, a novel endogenous ligand for the growth hormone secretagogue receptor, is considered to implicate the development of the type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The Leu72Met (+408C>A) polymorphism of the preproghrelin, has been linked to obesity, insulin resistance and diabetes. OBJECTIVE To investigate the distribution of ghrelin gene(More)
β-N-Acetyl-D-glucosaminidase was purified from viscera of green crab (Scylla serrata) by extraction with 0.01 M Tris-HCl buffer (pH 7.5) containing 0.2 M NaCl, ammonium sulfate fractionation, and then chromatography on Sephadex G-100 and DEAE-cellulose (DE-32). The purified enzyme showed a single band on polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis, and the specific(More)
BACKGROUND Although a few studies have been reported on predictive factors of postoperative diabetes remission, the conclusions remain inconsistent. This meta-analysis aimed to assess the preoperative clinical factors for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) remission after bariatric surgery. METHODS The Cochrane Library, PubMed, MEDLINE, Embase, and CINAHL(More)
The human sulfotransferase, SULT1A3, catalyzes specifically the sulfonation of monoamines such as dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine. SULT1A3 also has a unique 3,4-dihydroxyphenylalanine (Dopa)/tyrosine-sulfating activity that is preferentially toward their D-form enantiomers and can be stimulated dramatically by Mn2+. To further our understanding of(More)
The earthworm fibrinolytic enzyme (EFE), belonging to a group of serine proteases with strong fibrinolytic activity, has been used in a mixture as an oral drug for prevention and treatment of thrombosis in East Asia. The EFE component b (EFE-b) is one of seven EFE components from Eisenia fetida, and among them it has nearly the highest fibrinolytic(More)
Patch-based algorithms for image denoising have been widely used in recent years. Most of patch-based methods just exploit patch redundancy in spatial or frequency domain without considering inter-scale dependencies. In this paper, we propose a novel patch-based multiscale products algorithm (PMPA) for image denoising. It is based on patch similarity in(More)
To understand the processes involved in the catalytic mechanism of pyridoxal kinase (PLK),1 we determined the crystal structures of PLK.AMP-PCP-pyridoxamine, PLK.ADP.PLP, and PLK.ADP complexes. Comparisons of these structures have revealed that PLK exhibits different conformations during its catalytic process. After the binding of AMP-PCP (an analogue that(More)
Based on the four TM images of Naiman Banner in Inner Mongolia in 1975, 1985, 1995 and 2005, the extent and relative rate of land use change were used as the indices to analyze the regional difference of land use/cover change in the farming-pasturing zone of Naiman Banner, and the indices abundance and importance value were adopted to analyze the spatial(More)