Junwei Yu

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Monomeric (m)Eos2 is an engineered photoactivatable fluorescent protein widely used for super-resolution microscopy. We show that mEos2 forms oligomers at high concentrations and forms aggregates when labeling membrane proteins, limiting its application as a fusion partner. We solved the crystal structure of tetrameric mEos2 and rationally designed improved(More)
Little is known about the ability of Drosophila circadian neurons to promote sleep. Here we show, using optogenetic manipulation and video recording, that a subset of dorsal clock neurons (DN1s) are potent sleep-promoting cells that release glutamate to directly inhibit key pacemaker neurons. The pacemakers promote morning arousal by activating these DN1s,(More)
UNC-31 or its mammalian homologue, Ca(2+)-dependent activator protein for secretion (CAPS), is indispensable for exocytosis of dense core vesicle (DCV) and synaptic vesicle (SV). From N- to the C-terminus, UNC-31 contains putative functional domains, including dynactin 1 binding domain (DBD), C2, PH, (M)UNC-13 homology domain (MHD) and DCV binding domain(More)
Animals integrate various environmental stimuli within the nervous system to generate proper behavioral responses. However, the underlying neural circuits and molecular mechanisms are largely unknown. The insulin-like signaling pathway is known to regulate dauer formation, fat metabolism, and longevity in Caenorhabditis elegans (C. Elegans). Here, we show(More)
AIM Ca(2+)-release-activated Ca(2+) (CRAC) channel, a subfamily of store-operated channels, is formed by calcium release-activated calcium modulator 1 (ORAI1), and gated by stromal interaction molecule 1 (STIM1). CRAC channel may be a novel target for the treatment of immune disorders and allergy. The aim of this study was to identify novel small molecule(More)
The molecular mechanisms by which dense core vesicles (DCVs) translocate, tether, dock and prime are poorly understood. In this study, Caenorhabditis elegans was used as a model organism to study the function of Rab proteins and their effectors in DCV exocytosis. RAB-27/AEX-6, but not RAB-3, was found to be required for peptide release from neurons. By(More)
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