Jiuchun Zhang

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Epigenetic mechanisms have been proposed to play crucial roles in mammalian development, but their precise functions are only partially understood. To investigate epigenetic regulation of embryonic development, we differentiated human embryonic stem cells into mesendoderm, neural progenitor cells, trophoblast-like cells, and mesenchymal stem cells and(More)
Synthesis of wild-type levels of turnip crinkle virus (TCV)-associated satC complementary strands by purified, recombinant TCV RNA-dependent RNA polymerase (RdRp) in vitro was previously determined to require 3' end pairing to the large symmetrical internal loop of a phylogenetically conserved hairpin (H5) located upstream from the hairpin core promoter.(More)
Plus-strand viral RNAs contain sequences and structural elements that allow cognate RNA-dependent RNA polymerases (RdRp) to correctly initiate and transcribe asymmetric levels of plus and minus strands during RNA replication. cis-acting sequences involved in minus-strand synthesis, including promoters, enhancers, and, recently, transcriptional repressors(More)
RNA can adopt different conformations in response to changes in the metabolic status of cells, which can regulate processes such as transcription, translation, and RNA cleavage. We previously proposed that an RNA conformational switch in an untranslated satellite RNA (satC) of Turnip crinkle virus (TCV) regulates initiation of minus-strand synthesis (G.(More)
Efficient replication of plus-strand RNA viruses requires a 3' proximal core promoter and an increasingly diverse inventory of supporting elements such as enhancers, repressors, and 5' terminal sequences. While core promoters have been well characterized, much less is known about structure-functional relationships of these supporting elements. Members of(More)
Turnip crinkle virus (TCV) and its 356-nt satellite RNA satC share 151 nt of 3'-terminal sequence, which contain 8 positional differences and are predicted to fold into virtually identical structures, including a series of four phylogenetically inferred hairpins. SatC and TCV containing reciprocal exchanges of this region accumulate to only 15% or 1% of(More)
Nearly all members of the Carmovirus genus contain a structurally conserved 3' proximal hairpin (H5) with a large internal symmetrical loop (LSL). H5 has been identified as a repressor of minus-strand synthesis in a satellite RNA (satC), which shares partial sequence similarity with its helper virus Turnip crinkle virus (TCV). Repression was due to(More)
Satellite RNAs usually lack substantial homology with their helper viruses. The 356-nucleotide satC of Turnip crinkle virus (TCV) is unusual in that its 3'-half shares high sequence similarity with the TCV 3' end. Computer modeling, structure probing, and/or compensatory mutagenesis identified four hairpins and three pseudoknots in this TCV region that(More)
Unlike mouse embryonic stem cells (ESCs), which are closely related to the inner cell mass, human ESCs appear to be more closely related to the later primitive ectoderm. For example, human ESCs and primitive ectoderm share a common epithelial morphology, growth factor requirements, and the potential to differentiate to all three embryonic germ layers.(More)
Advances in the scalable production of blood cells from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) open prospects for the clinical translation of de novo generated blood products, and evoke the need for preclinical evaluation of their efficacy, safety, and immunogenicity in large animal models. Due to substantial similarities with humans, the outcomes of(More)