Shu-Lin Chang

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Genome sequencing has revealed that fungi have the ability to synthesize many more natural products (NPs) than are currently known, but methods for obtaining suitable expression of NPs have been inadequate. We have developed a successful strategy that bypasses normal regulatory mechanisms. By efficient gene targeting, we have replaced, en masse, the(More)
Fungal secondary metabolites (SMs) are an important source of medically valuable compounds. Genome projects have revealed that fungi have many SM biosynthetic gene clusters that are not normally expressed. To access these potentially valuable, cryptic clusters, we have developed a heterologous expression system in Aspergillus nidulans . We have developed an(More)
Compelling evidence suggests that infiltrating CD4+ type I helper T (Th1) cells in the pancreatic islets play a pivotal role in the progression of diabetes in non-obese diabetic (NOD) mice. We demonstrate in the present report that a butanol fraction of B. pilosa suppressed the development of diabetes, helped maintain levels of blood sugar and insulin in(More)
Bidens pilosa is used as an ethnical medicine for bacterial infection or immune modulation in Asia, America and Africa. Here, we employed an IFN-gamma promoter-driven luciferase reporter construct and T cells to characterize immunomodulatory compounds from this plant based on a bioactivity-guided isolation principle. We found that PHA, a positive control,(More)
An extract of Bidens pilosa, an anti-diabetic Asteraceae plant, has recently been reported to modulate T cell differentiation and prevent the development of non-obese diabetes (NOD) in NOD mice. In this paper, a novel bioactive polyacetylenic glucoside, cytopiloyne (1), was identified from the Bidens pilosa extract using ex vivo T cell differentiation(More)
We reannotated the A. niger NR-PKS gene, e_gw1_19.204, and its downstream R domain gene, est_GWPlus_C_190476, as a single gene which we named dtbA. Heterologous expression of dtbA in A. nidulans demonstrated that DtbA protein produces two polyketides, 2,4-dihydroxy-3,5,6-trimethylbenzaldehyde (1) and 6-ethyl-2,4-dihydroxy-3,5-dimethylbenzaldehyde (2).(More)
We previously found that centaurein enhanced IFN-gamma transcription in T cells. Here, we demonstrate that centaurein increased the IFN-gamma expression in T and NK cells and the serum IFN-gamma level in mice. Centaurein elevated the transcription of T-bet but not GATA-3, which is consistent with its effect on that of IFN-gamma but not IL-4. Additionally,(More)
Secondary metabolites from microorganisms have a broad spectrum of applications, particularly in therapeutics. The growing number of sequenced microbial genomes has revealed a remarkably large number of natural product biosynthetic clusters for which the products are still unknown. These cryptic clusters are potentially a treasure house of medically useful(More)
Some polyacetylenes from the plant Bidens pilosa have been reported to treat diabetes. In this study, we report that the cytopiloyne from B. pilosa, which is structurally different from the above-mentioned polyacetylenes and inhibits CD4(+) T cell proliferation, effectively prevents the development of diabetes in nonobese diabetic mice as evidenced by a(More)
The gene p53 is a critical tumor suppressor that can respond to multiple signals of cellular gatekeepers for growth and division. The mdm2 gene is one of the downstream target genes for transcriptional activation by the product of p53 tumor suppressor gene. Transactivation of mdm2 gene is represented by the presence of a functional P53 protein. To(More)