Juan-hui Zhang

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Pro-protein convertase-2 (PC2) and carboxypeptidase-E (CPE) proteins are two major members of the pro-protein convertases that involve in the maturation of protein precursor. By using PC2 activity, immunocytochemistry (ICC) and Western blot method, PC2, CPE and preproNPY protein expression levels were compared among mature retina tissue, RGC-5 cells and its(More)
OBJECTIVE To observe the change of the neuropeptide pro-protein processing system in the ischemic retina ganglion cell-5 (RGC-5) cells, pro-protein convertase-2 (PC2), carboxypeptidase-E (CPE) and preproneuropeptide Y (preproNPY) protein levels in the ischemic RGC-5 cells and conditioned medium were analyzed. METHODS The RGC-5 cell was differentiated in(More)
Growth hormone releasing hormone is one of the hormones secreted by the hypothalamus. Because of its potential applications in agriculture and medicine, its short half-life and its expensive chemical synthesis, an analog with high GHRH activity and prolonged half-life has been looked for. The fusion partner gene with 127 amino acid residues of the(More)
Growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) is one of the hypothalamus hormones. For its potential applications in agriculture and medicine, GHRH analog with higher activity and longer half-life has been looked for. By using the fusion expression with unique acid labile linker Asp-Pro and biochemical purification, the three novel GHRH peptides,(More)
Thrombin-like enzyme (TLE) plays a significant role in vessel injury hemostasis. A novel snake venom TLE (Agacutin) was purified from Agkistrodon Acutus snake venom. Structural analysis indicated that Agacutin is a heterodimer that has a MW of 29,402 Da, a pI value of 5.39, and optimum activity at 35 degrees C and pH 7.5. The N-terminal 15 amino acid(More)
Activity and half-life play key roles in the application of GHRH analogues. The GHRH monomers produced in a solid synthesizer were incubated, respectively, in NH4OH solution and lyophilized to obtain their dimers. The activities, specificities, and receptor affinities of the GHRH dimers were evaluated in rGH release/inhibition, rACTH/LH/PRL release,(More)
OBJECTIVE To express recombinant growth hormone-releasing hormone (GHRH) peptide in E.coli by genetic engineering and examine its biological activity. METHOD GHRH peptide was purified to homogeneity by means of cell lysis, washing, ethanol precipitation, acid hydrolysis, SP-Sephadex C25 and Sephadex G-25 column chromatographies. RESULT SDS-PAGE showed(More)
A number of snake venom thrombin-like enzymes (TLEs) have already been characterized. Some TLEs play significant roles in vessel injury hemostasis. A novel TLE (Agacutase) was purified from Deinagkistrodon acutus snake venom by the means of Sephadex G-75, DEAE-Sepharose FF, and Sephadex G-25 column chromatography. Structural analysis indicated that(More)
AIM To construct another growth hormone releasing hormone (GHRH) analog, Pro-Pro-hGHRH(1-44)-Gly-Gly-Cys peptide and to compare its activity with that of Pro-Pro-hGHRH(1-44)OH peptide. METHODS The pro-pro-hGHRH(1-44)-gly-gly-cys DNA fragment was synthesized by polymerase chain reaction. The recombinant protein was expressed to high levels in Escherichia(More)
Growth hormone releasing hormone is one of the hormones secreted from the hypothalamus. Because of its potential applications in agriculture and medicine, its short half-life and its expensive chemical synthesis, an analog with high GHRH activity and prolonged half-life was sought after. The fusion partner gene with 127 amino acid residues of the C-terminus(More)
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