Kangnian Fan

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The membrane fusion protein (MFP) AcrA is proposed to link the inner membrane transporter AcrB and outer membrane protein TolC, forming the tripartite AcrAB-TolC efflux pump, and was shown to be functionally indispensible. Structural and EPR studies showed that AcrA has high conformational flexibility and exhibited pH-induced conformational change. In this(More)
The gap junction protein connexin43 (Cx43) binds to the second PDZ domain of Zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1) through its C-terminal tail, mediating the regulation of gap junction plaque size and dynamics. Biochemical study demonstrated that the very C-terminal 12 residues of Cx43 are necessary and sufficient for ZO-1 PDZ2 binding and phosphorylation at residues(More)
ATP-binding cassette transporter BtuCD mediating vitamin B(12) uptake in Escherichia coli couples the energy of ATP hydrolysis to the translocation of vitamin B(12) across the membrane into the cell. Elastic normal mode analysis of BtuCD demonstrates that the simultaneous substrate trapping at periplasmic cavity and ATP binding at the ATP-binding cassette(More)
The Lamarckian genetic algorithm of AutoDock 3.0 has been used to dock 27 3(S)-amino-2(S)-hydroxyl-4-phenylbutanoic acids (AHPBAs) into the active site of HIV-1 protease (HIVPR). The binding mode was demonstrated in the aspects of the inhibitor's conformation, subsite interaction, and hydrogen bonding. The data of geometrical parameters (tau(1), tau(2), and(More)
BtuCD is a member of the ATP-binding cassette transporters in Escherichia coli that imports vitamin B(12) into the cell by utilizing the energy of ATP hydrolysis. Crystal structures of BtuCD and its homologous protein HI1470/1 in various conformational states support the "alternating access" mechanism which proposes the conformational transitions of the(More)
Putative metal-chelate-type ABC transporter HI1470/1 is homologous with vitamin B(12) importer BtuCD but exhibits a distinct inward-facing conformation in contrast to the outward-facing conformation of BtuCD. Normal-mode analysis of HI1470/1 reveals the intrinsic asymmetric conformational flexibility in this transporter and demonstrates that the transition(More)
The AcrAB-TolC drug efflux system, energized by proton movement down the transmembrane electrochemical gradient, is responsible for the resistance of the organism to a wide range of drugs. Experimental data suggest functional roles of each part of the assembly, but the detailed working mechanism of this machinery remains elusive. We used elastic(More)
A new plasmonic photocatalyst of Ag-AgCl@TiO(2) was prepared by deposition-precipitation and photoreduction. This photocatalyst exhibited efficient photocatalytic activity for the degradation of 4-chlorophenol and photoreduction of Cr(VI) ion under visible light irradiation. Its high photocatalytic activity can be attributed to the surface plasmon resonance(More)
Molecules that contain boron-boron multiple bonds are extremely rare due to the electron-deficient nature of boron. Here we report experimental and theoretical evidence of a neutral OCBBCO molecule with some boron-boron triple bond character. The molecule was produced and unambiguously characterized by matrix isolation infrared spectroscopy. Quantum(More)