Sang Jung Ahn

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Cathepsin F is a recently described papain-like cysteine protease of unknown function, and unique among cathepsins due to an elongated N-terminal pro-region, which contains a cystatin domain. In the present study, the cDNA of olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) cathepsin F (PoCtF) was cloned by the combination of homology molecular cloning and rapid(More)
The habenulo-interpeduncular pathway, a highly conserved cholinergic system, has emerged as a valuable model to study left-right asymmetry in the brain. In larval zebrafish, the bilaterally paired dorsal habenular nuclei (dHb) exhibit prominent left-right differences in their organization, gene expression, and connectivity, but their cholinergic nature was(More)
Nanotechnology has opened new and exhilarating opportunities for exploring glucose biosensing applications of the newly prepared nanostructured materials. Nanostructured metal-oxides have been extensively explored to develop biosensors with high sensitivity, fast response times, and stability for the determination of glucose by electrochemical oxidation.(More)
Optimization of hairpin DNA is introduced to detect ochratoxin A (OTA) by chemically conjugating its cofactor, hemin, toward the 5'-end. The newly designed OTA aptasensor showed enhanced stability and sensitivity, thereby lowering the detection limit to an ~1 nM level. Furthermore, an optimal spacer for hemin conjugation was investigated for stable(More)
A cysteine protease gene (ScCtL) homologous to the cathepsin L genes was isolated from a cDNA library of the scuticociliate parasite (Uronema marinum). To express the ScCtL recombinant protein in heterologous system, 17 codons were redesigned to conform to the standard eukaryotic genetic code using PCR-based site-directed mutagenesis. The synthetic U.(More)
A novel Tc1-like transposable element has been identified as a new DNA transposon in the mud loach, Misgurnus mizolepis. The M. mizolepis Tc1-like transposon (MMTS) is comprised of inverted terminal repeats and a single gene that codes Tc1-like transposase. The deduced amino acid sequence of the transposase-encoding region of MMTS transposon contains motifs(More)
The phospholipase D1 (PLD1) cDNA, designated PoPLD, encoding a predicted protein of 1053 amino acids in olive flounder (Paralichthys olivaceus) has been cloned. The deduced amino acid sequence shares high identity with that of PLD1s and PLD2 in human, rat and mouse. The phylogenic analysis and sequence comparison of PoPLD with other PLD isozymes were found(More)
Cathepsin L is an important protease in the initiation of protein degradation and one of the most powerful endopeptidases. In this study, we cloned mud loach (Misgurnus mizolepis) cathepsin L (MlCtL) cDNA, and the pro-mature enzyme of MlCtL (proMlCtL) was expressed in Escherichia coli as a fusion protein with glutathione S-transferase in a pGEX-4 T-1(More)
This paper presents an overview of recent experimental progress by the Duke DNA NanoTech Group in our efforts to utilize novel DNA nanostructures for computational self-assembly as well as for templates in the fabrication of functional nano-patterned materials. We have prototyped a new DNA tile type known as the 4x4 (a cross-like structure composed of four(More)