Mingxiong Guo

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We used a bovine brain cDNA library to perform a yeast two-hybrid assay with bovine mature PrP(C) as bait. The screening result showed that alphaB-crystalline interacted with PrP(C). The interaction was further evaluated both in vivo and in vitro with different methods, such as immunofluorescent colocalization, native polyacrylamide-gel electrophoresis, and(More)
MicroRNAs have been extensively studied as regulators of hematopoiesis and leukemogenesis. We identified miR-638 as a novel regulator in myeloid differentiation and proliferation of leukemic cells. We found that miR-638 was developmentally up-regulated in cells of myeloid but not lymphoid lineage. Furthermore, significant miR-638 down-regulation was(More)
The human ZNF300 gene is a member of the KRAB/C2H2 zinc finger gene family, the members of which are known to be involved in various developmental and pathological processes. Here, we show that the ZNF300 gene encodes a 68-kDa nuclear protein that binds DNA in a sequence-specific manner. The ZNF300 DNA binding site, C(t/a)GGGGG(c/g)G, was defined via a(More)
Multiple nuclear localization domains have been identified in nuclear proteins, and they finely control nuclear import and functions of those proteins. ZNF268 is a typical KRAB-containing zinc finger protein (KRAB-ZFP), and previous studies have shown that the KRAB domain reinforces nuclear localization of KRAB-ZFPs by interacting with KAP1. In this study,(More)
The ZNF268 gene was originally isolated from an early human embryo cDNA library. Several different transcripts have been isolated for the ZNF268 gene and developmental expression studies suggest that ZNF268 plays a role in the development of human fetal liver and the differentiation of blood cells. In our effort to study the functions of ZNF268 in different(More)
MicroRNAs (miRNAs), approximately 22-nucleotide non-coding RNA molecules, regulate a variety of pivotal physiological or pathological processes, including embryonic development and tumorigenesis. To obtain comprehensive expression profiles of miRNAs in human embryos, we characterized miRNA expression in weeks 4-6 of human embryonic development using miRNA(More)
MicroRNA-720 (miR-720), a nonclassical miRNA, is involved in the initiation and progression of several tumors. In our previous studies, miR-720 was shown to be significantly upregulated in cervical cancer tissues compared with normal cervical tissues. However, the precise biological functions of miR-720, and its molecular mechanisms of action, are still(More)
The human ZNF268 gene encodes a typical KRAB-C2H2 zinc finger protein that may participate in hematopoiesis and leukemogenesis. A recent microarray study revealed that ZNF268 expression continuously decreases during erythropoiesis. However, the molecular mechanisms underlying regulation of ZNF268 during hematopoiesis are not well understood. Here we found(More)
BACKGROUND The hERG potassium channel can modulate the proliferation of the chronic myelogenous leukemic K562 cells, and its role in the erythroid differentiation of K562 cells still remains unclear. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS The hERG potassium channel blockage by a new 36-residue scorpion toxin BmKKx2, a potent hERG channel blocker with IC50 of 6.7 ± 1.7 nM,(More)
Previously, we found that two isoforms of the ZNF268 gene (ZNF268a and ZNF268b2, with and without the KRAB domain, respectively) might play distinct roles in normal epithelia and in cervical cancer. Here we further investigated that KRAB domain defined the function disparity in part by reinforcing nuclear localization of ZNF268a. We found that the A-box of(More)