Qiaojun Fang

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A distance-dependent atom-pair potential that treats long range and local interactions separately has been developed and optimized to distinguish native protein structures from sets of incorrect or decoy structures. Atoms are divided into 30 types based on chemical properties and relative position in the amino acid side-chains. Several parameters affecting(More)
The frequencies of occurrence of atom arrangements in high-resolution protein structures provide some of the most accurate quantitative measures of interaction energies in proteins. In this report we extend our development of a consistent set of statistical potentials for quantifying local interactions between side-chains and the polypeptide backbone, as(More)
We describe and demonstrate the proteomics computational toolkit provided in the open-source msInspect software distribution. The toolkit includes modules written in Java and in the R statistical programming language to aid the rapid development of proteomics software applications. It contains tools for processing and manipulating standard MS data files,(More)
We integrated five sets of proteomics data profiling the constituents of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) derived from Huntington disease (HD)-affected and -unaffected individuals with genomics data profiling various human and mouse tissues, including the human HD brain. Based on an integrated analysis, we found that brain-specific proteins are 1.8 times more(More)
P-glycoprotein (P-gp) can actively pump paclitaxel (PTX) out of cells and induces drug resistance. Abraxane, a nanoparticle (NP) formulation of PTX, has multiple clinical advantages over the single molecule form. However, it is still unclear whether Abraxane overcomes the common small molecule drug resistance problem mediated by P-gp. Here we were able to(More)
Herein, computational-aided one-bead-one-compound (OBOC) peptide library design combined with in situ single-bead sequencing microarray methods were successfully applied in screening peptides targeting at human epidermal growth factor receptor-2 (HER2), a biomarker of human breast cancer. As a result, 72 novel peptides clustered into three sequence motifs(More)
The prediction strategy used in the CASP5 experiment was premised on the assumption that local side-chain/backbone interactions are the principal determinants of protein structure at low resolution. Our implementation of this assumption made extensive use of a scoring function based on the propensities of the 20 amino acids for 137 different sub-regions of(More)
To identify peptides with high affinity and specificity against human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2), a series of peptides were designed based on the structure of HER2 and its Z(HER2:342) affibody. By using a combination protocol of molecular dynamics modeling, MM/GBSA binding free energy calculations, and binding free energy decomposition(More)
In the preceding article in this issue of Proteins, an empirical energy function consisting of 4 statistical potentials that quantify local side-chain-backbone and side-chain-side-chain interactions has been demonstrated to successfully identify the native conformations of short sequence fragments and the native structure within large sets of high-quality(More)
Abraxane, an FDA-approved albumin-bound nanoparticle (NP) form of paclitaxel (PTX) to treat breast cancer and nonsmall cell lung cancer (NSCLC), has been demonstrated to be more effective than the original Taxol, the single molecule form. We have established a cell line from NSCLC A549 cells to be resistant to Abraxane. To further understand the molecular(More)