Victor H. Obungu

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Menin is a 70-kDa protein encoded by MEN1, the tumor suppressor gene disrupted in multiple endocrine neoplasia type 1. In a yeast two-hybrid system based on reconstitution of Ras signaling, menin was found to interact with the 32-kDa subunit (RPA2) of replication protein A (RPA), a heterotrimeric protein required for DNA replication, recombination, and(More)
Resolution of the crystal structure of the mitochondrial cytochrome bc(1) complex has indicated that the extra-membranous extrinsic domain of the iron-sulfur protein containing the 2Fe2S cluster is connected by a tether to the transmembrane helix that anchors the iron-sulfur protein to the complex. To investigate the role of this tether in the cytochrome(More)
MEN1 is a likely tumor suppressor gene that encodes a novel protein, menin. Menin is a 610 amino-acid residue protein with as yet unknown function(s). We have used tandem affinity purification and mass spectroscopy to isolate and identify proteins associating with menin from cultured HeLa cell extracts. This strategy has resulted in the isolation and(More)
Assembly studies in vitro of deletion mutants of the iron-sulfur protein into the cytochrome bc1 complex revealed that mutants localized in the extramembranous regions of the protein were not assembled into the complex in contrast to the efficient assembly of mutants in the membrane-spanning region. Charged amino acids located in the extramembranous(More)
The pathway of NADH oxidation in the procyclic Trypanosoma brucei brucei was investigated in a crude mitochondrial membrane fraction and in whole cells permeabilized with digitonin. NADH:cytochrome c reductase activity was 75% inhibited by concentrations of antimycin that inhibited 95% succinate:cytochrome c reductase activity suggesting that the major(More)
SDF-1 and CXCR4 are a chemokine and chemokine receptor pair playing critical roles in tumorigenesis. Overexpression of CXCR4 is a hallmark of many hematological malignancies including acute myeloid leukemia, chronic lymphocytic leukemia and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, and generally correlates with a poor prognosis. In this study, we developed a humanized(More)
Previous experiments using deletion mutants of the iron-sulfur protein had indicated that amino acid residues 138-153 might be involved in the assembly of this protein into the cytochrome bc1 complex. To determine which specific residues might be involved in the assembly process, charged amino acids located in the alpha1-beta4 loop of the iron-sulfur(More)
Fas ligand (FasL) is a 40-kDa type II transmembrane protein belonging to the tumor necrosis factor (TNF) family of proteins and binds to its specific receptor, Fas, a member of the TNF receptor family. Membrane-bound FasL can be processed into a soluble form by a metalloprotease similar to that which cleaves TNFalpha. Elevated levels of FasL have been(More)
The assembly of six deletion mutants of the Rieske iron-sulfur protein into the cytochrome bc1 complex was investigated by immunoprecipitation from detergent-solubilized mitochondria with specific antisera against either the iron-sulfur protein or the intact cytochrome bc1 complex. After import, the mutant proteins lacking residues 41-55 or 66-78, located(More)
Sclerostin antibodies increase bone mass by stimulating bone formation. However, human and animal studies show that bone formation increases transiently and returns to pre-treatment level despite ongoing antibody treatment. To understand its mechanism of action, we studied the time course of bone formation, correlating the rate and extent of accrual of bone(More)