Jun-yi Tang

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The heavy metal cadmium is a non-degradable pollutant. By screening the effects of a panel of metal ions on the phosphatase activity, we unexpectedly identified cadmium as a potent inhibitor of PPM1A and PPM1G. In contrast, low micromolar concentrations of cadmium did not inhibit PP1 or tyrosine phosphatases. Kinetic studies revealed that cadmium inhibits(More)
Protein phosphorylation is an important post-translational modification that regulates almost every aspect of signal transduction in cells. Activation of the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) family kinase extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) is a point of convergence for many cellular activities in response to external stimulation. With(More)
PP2C family phosphatases (the type 2C family of protein phosphatases; or metal-dependent phosphatase, PPM) constitute an important class of signaling enzymes that regulate many fundamental life activities. All PP2C family members have a conserved binuclear metal ion active center that is essential for their catalysis. However, the catalytic role of each(More)
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