Stephen M. Chong

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Troponin T (TnT) binds to tropomyosin (Tm) to anchor the troponin complex in the thin filament, and it thus serves as a vital link in the Ca(2+) regulation of striated muscle contraction. Pioneer work three decades ago determined that the T1 and T2 chymotryptic fragments of TnT each contains a Tm-binding site. A more precise localization of the two(More)
Spectroscopic methods such as circular dichroism and Förster resonance energy transfer are current approaches for monitoring protein conformational changes. Those analyses require special equipment and expertise. The need for fluorescence labeling of the protein may interfere with the native structure. We have developed a microtiter plate-based monoclonal(More)
The conserved central and COOH-terminal regions of troponin T (TnT) interact with troponin C, troponin I, and tropomyosin to regulate striated muscle contraction. Phylogenic data show that the NH2-terminal region has evolved as an addition to the conserved core structure of TnT. This NH2-terminal region does not bind other thin filament proteins, and its(More)
Cardiac muscle contraction is regulated by Ca(2+) through the troponin complex consisting of three subunits: troponin C (TnC), troponin T (TnT), and troponin I (TnI). We reported previously that the abnormal splicing of cardiac TnT in turkeys with dilated cardiomyopathy resulted in a greater binding affinity to TnI. In the present study, we characterized a(More)
Material remains of ancestor nucleotides and proteins are largely unavailable, thus sequence comparison among homologous genes in present-day organisms forms the core of current knowledge of molecular evolution. Variation in protein three-dimensional structure is a basis for functional diversity. To study the evolution of three-dimensional structures in(More)
Slow troponin T (TnT) plays an indispensable role in skeletal muscle function. Alternative RNA splicing in the NH(2)-terminal region produces high-molecular-weight (HMW) and low-molecular-weight (LMW) isoforms of slow TnT. Normal adult slow muscle fibers express mainly HMW slow TnT. Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT) is a group of inherited peripheral(More)
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