Kyung-Won Park

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SWI/SNF, an evolutionarily conserved ATP-dependent chromatin-remodeling complex, has an important role in transcriptional regulation. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, SWI/SNF regulates the expression of approximately 6% of total genes through activation or repression. Swi1, a subunit of SWI/SNF, contains an N-terminal region rich in glutamine and asparagine, a(More)
The bacterium, Vitreoscilla, can induce the synthesis of a homodimeric hemoglobin under hypoxic conditions. Expression of VHb in heterologous bacteria often enhances growth and increases yields of recombinant proteins and production of antibiotics, especially under oxygen-limiting conditions. There is evidence that VHb interacts with bacterial respiratory(More)
Yeast prions are a group of non-Mendelian genetic elements transmitted as altered and self-propagating conformations. Extensive studies in the last decade have provided valuable information on the mechanisms responsible for yeast prion propagation. How yeast prions are formed de novo and what cellular factors are required for determining prion "strains" or(More)
To test if Caenorhabditis elegans could be established as a model organism for prion study, we created transgenic C. elegans expressing the cytosolic form of the mouse prion protein, MoPrP(23-231), which lacks the N-terminal signal sequence and the C-terminal glycosylphosphatidylinisotol (GPI) anchor site. We report here that transgenic worms expressing(More)
We have designed and constructed a new fusion expression vector (pKW32), which contains the His-tagged Vitreoscilla hemoglobin (VHb) coding gene upstream of the multiple cloning site. The pKW32 vector was designed to express target proteins as VHb fusions, which can be purified in one step by affinity chromatography. Due to the color of the heme in VHb, the(More)
Prion proteins can adopt self-propagating alternative conformations that account for the infectious nature of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) and the epigenetic inheritance of certain traits in yeast. Recent evidence suggests a similar propagation of misfolded proteins in the spreading of pathology of neurodegenerative diseases including(More)
Yeast prions are non-Mendelian genetic elements that are conferred by altered and self-propagating protein conformations. Such a protein conformation-based transmission is similar to that of PrP(Sc), the infectious protein responsible for prion diseases. Despite recent progress in understanding the molecular nature and epigenetic transmission of prions, the(More)
Mycoplasma virus P1 is a tailed, polyhedral virus isolated from Mycoplasma pulmonis. To characterize the P1 genome, stocks of virus were prepared free of host cell nucleic acids. A single DNA species of 11.3 kb that was shown by plaque hybridization to be of P1 origin was extracted from the virus. Efficient isolation of P1 DNA required digestion with(More)
The Pt nanocrystals as nanonetwork conductors improved electrochromic properties of TiO2 such as increased optical modulation and fast response time, compared to pure TiO2 as well as TiO2 incorporated by amorphous Pt nanophases. It is likely that an enhancement of cathodic electrochromism in TiO2-Pt is due to an improved injection or extraction of(More)