Wei-juan Zheng

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As a non-toxic metal to humans, zinc is essential for cell proliferation, differentiation, regulation of DNA synthesis, genomic stability and mitosis. Zinc homeostasis in cells, which is crucial for normal cellular functioning, is maintained by various protein families including ZnT (zinc transporter/SLC30A) and ZIP (Zrt-, Irt-like proteins/SLC39A) that(More)
As the second most abundant transition metal in humans, zinc plays essential roles in normal cellular biological functions, including metabolism, signalling, proliferation, gene expression and apoptosis. We use ZnSO(4) as a stressor in this study to investigate for the first time the effects of exogenous Zn(2+) on both the cellular distribution of zinc and(More)
Intracellular metal elements exist in mammalian cells with the concentration range from picomoles per litre to micromoles per litre and play a considerable role in various biological procedures. Element provided by different species can influence the availability and distribution of the element in a cell and could lead to different biological effects on the(More)
Establishing codon usage biases are crucial for understanding the etiology of central nervous system neurodegenerative diseases (CNSNDD) especially Alzheimer's disease (AD) as well as genetic factors. G and C ending codons are strongly biased in the coding sequences of these proteins as a result of genomic GC composition constraints. On the other hand,(More)
Zinc plays a critical role in many biological processes. However, it is toxic at high concentrations and its homeostasis is strictly regulated by metal-responsive transcription factor 1 (MTF-1) together with many other proteins to protect cells against metal toxicity and oxidative stresses. In this paper, we used high-resolution two-dimensional gel(More)
Neuronal growth inhibitory factor (GIF) of porcine brain, was isolated and purified by a similar procedure which was used on the isolation of human and bovine GIF. The native porcine protein with stoichiometry of 4Cu+, 3Zn2+ was obtained for the first time. The kinetics of zinc transfer from Cu4Zn3MT-3 to apo-carbonic anhydrase were studied, and zinc(More)
Human metallothionein III (MT III) gene was synthesized with Escherichia coli preference codon usage and expressed in E. coli in glutathione-S-transferase (GST) fusion form. The recombinant MT III was released by proteinase Factor Xa digestion and purified with the yield of 2 mg/L culture, and its specific Cd2+ binding capability was confirmed. E. coli(More)
Zinc, an essential trace element, is involved in many important physiological processes. Cell responses to zinc stress show time-dependent effects besides concentration-dependence and tissue-specificity. Herein, we investigated the time-dependent differential expression of the proteome in A549 cells after administered with ZnSO4 for both 9 and 24 h using(More)
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