Jumi A. Shin

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We show that a minimalist basic region/leucine zipper (bZIP) hybrid, comprising the yeast GCN4 basic region and C/EBP leucine zipper, can target mammalian and other gene regulatory sequences naturally targeted by other bZIP and basic/helix-loop-helix (bHLH) proteins. We previously reported that this hybrid, wt bZIP, is capable of sequence-specific,(More)
BACKGROUND Protein degradation by the ubiquitin system plays a crucial role in numerous cellular signaling pathways. Deubiquitination, a reversal of ubiquitination, has been recognized as an important regulatory step in the ubiquitin-dependent degradation pathway. RESULTS While identifying putative ubiquitin specific protease (USP) enzymes that contain a(More)
Max-E47 is a protein chimera generated from the fusion of the DNA-binding basic region of Max and the dimerization region of E47, both members of the basic region/helix-loop-helix (bHLH) superfamily of transcription factors. Like native Max, Max-E47 binds with high affinity and specificity to the E-box site, 5'-CACGTG, both in vivo and in vitro. We have(More)
During our studies involving protein-DNA interactions, we constructed plasmid pSAM to fulfill two requirements: 1) to facilitate transfer of cloned sequences from widely used expression vector pET-28a(+), and 2) to provide a vector compatible with pBR322-derived plasmids for use in cells harboring two different plasmids. Vector pSAM is a pET-28a(+)-derived(More)
Solving the most critically important scientific problems or engineering groundbreaking technologies often requires teams of researchers from different backgrounds to work together. One might need to make new materials (chemistry), characterize and understand the properties of the material (physics), assemble the material into a useful device (engineering),(More)
Minimalist hybrids comprising the DNA-binding domain of bHLH/PAS (basic-helix-loop-helix/Per-Arnt-Sim) protein Arnt fused to the leucine zipper (LZ) dimerization domain from bZIP (basic region-leucine zipper) protein C/EBP were designed to bind the E-box DNA site, CACGTG, targeted by bHLHZ (basic-helix-loop-helix-zipper) proteins Myc and Max, as well as the(More)
We previously reported that a basic region/leucine zipper (bZIP) protein, a hybrid of the GCN4 basic region and C/EBP leucine zipper, not only recognizes cognate target sites AP-1 (5'-TGACTCA-3') and cAMP-response element (CRE) (5'-TGACGTCA-3') but also binds selectively to noncognate DNA sites: C/EBP (CCAAT/enhancer binding protein, 5'-TTGCGCAA), XRE1(More)
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