Weijian Jiang

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Efficacious bone regeneration could revolutionize the clinical management of bone and musculoskeletal disorders. Although several bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs) (mostly BMP-2 and BMP-7) have been shown to induce bone formation, it is unclear whether the currently used BMPs represent the most osteogenic ones. Until recently, comprehensive analysis of(More)
Lurcher (Lc) is a spontaneous, semidominant mouse neurological mutation. Heterozygous Lurcher mice (Lc/+) display ataxia as a result of a selective, cell-autonomous and apoptotic death of cerebellar Purkinje cells during postnatal development. Homozygous Lurcher mice (Lc/Lc) die shortly after birth because of a massive loss of mid- and hindbrain neurons(More)
Due to large sizes and complex nature, few large macromolecular complexes have been solved to atomic resolution. This has lead to an under-representation of these structures, which are composed of novel and/or homologous folds, in the library of known structures and folds. While it is often difficult to achieve a high-resolution model for these structures,(More)
The RUB1/NEDD-8 family of ubiquitin-related genes is widely represented among eukaryotes. Here we report that Cdc53p in Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a member of the Cullin family of proteins, is stably modified by the covalent attachment of a single Rub1p molecule. Two genes have been identified that are required for Rub1p conjugation to Cdc53p. The first(More)
We describe several new cloning vectors for mutagenesis and allele replacement experiments. These plasmids have the R6K gamma DNA replication origin (oriR(R6K gamma) so they replicate only in bacteria supplying the pi replication protein (encoded by pir), and they can be maintained at low or high plasmid copy number by using Escherichia coli strains(More)
CDC55 encodes a Saccharomyces cerevisiae protein phosphatase 2A (PP2A) regulatory subunit. cdc55-null cells growing at low temperature exhibit a failure of cytokinesis and produce abnormally elongated buds, but cdc55-null cells producing the cyclin-dependent kinase Cdc28-Y19F, which is unable to be inhibited by Y19 phosphorylation, show a loss of the(More)
CspA, the major cold-shock protein of Escherichia coli, is dramatically induced during the cold-shock response. The amino acid sequence of CspA shows 43% identity to the "cold-shock domain" of the eukaryotic Y-box protein family, which interacts with RNA and DNA to regulate their functions. Here, we demonstrate that CspA binds to RNA as a chaperone. First,(More)
Sequence-specific 1H and 15N resonance assignments have been determined for the major cold shock protein (CspA) from Escherichia coli with recently developed three-dimensional triple-resonance NMR experiments. By use of these assignments, five antiparallel beta-strands were identified from analysis of NMR data. Strands 1-4 have a classical 3-2-1-4 Greek key(More)
The major cold shock protein of Escherichia coli, CspA, produced upon a rapid downshift in growth temperature, is involved in the transcriptional regulation of at least two genes. The protein shares high homology with the nucleic acid-binding domain of the Y-box factors, a family of eukaryotic proteins involved in transcriptional and translational(More)
A 70-kDa protein was specifically induced in Escherichia coli when the culture temperature was shifted from 37 to 15 degrees C. The protein was identified to be the product of the deaD gene (reassigned csdA) encoding a DEAD-box protein. Furthermore, after the shift from 37 to 15 degrees C, CsdA was exclusively localized in the ribosomal fraction and became(More)