Wenning Wang

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Asymmetric cell division requires the establishment of cortical cell polarity and the orientation of the mitotic spindle along the axis of cell polarity. Evidence from invertebrates demonstrates that the Par3/Par6/aPKC and NuMA/LGN/Gαi complexes, which are thought to be physically linked by the adaptor protein mInscuteable (mInsc), play indispensable roles(More)
The membrane fusion protein (MFP) AcrA is proposed to link the inner membrane transporter AcrB and outer membrane protein TolC, forming the tripartite AcrAB-TolC efflux pump, and was shown to be functionally indispensible. Structural and EPR studies showed that AcrA has high conformational flexibility and exhibited pH-induced conformational change. In this(More)
Outer membrane protein TolC serves as an exit duct for exporting substances out of cell. The occluded periplasmic entrance of TolC is required to open for substrate transport, although the opening mechanism remains elusive. In this study, systematic molecular dynamics (MD) simulations for wild type TolC and six mutants were performed to explore the(More)
LGN plays essential roles in asymmetric cell divisions via its N-terminal TPR-motif-mediated binding to mInsc and NuMA. This scaffolding activity requires the release of the autoinhibited conformation of LGN by binding of Gα(i) to its C-terminal GoLoco (GL) motifs. The interaction between the GL and TPR motifs of LGN represents a distinct GL/target binding(More)
Membrane-associated guanylate kinases (MAGUKs) are a large family of scaffold proteins that play essential roles in tissue developments, cell-cell communications, cell polarity control, and cellular signal transductions. Despite extensive studies over the past two decades, the functions of the signature guanylate kinase domain (GK) of MAGUKs are poorly(More)
The gap junction protein connexin43 (Cx43) binds to the second PDZ domain of Zonula occludens-1 (ZO-1) through its C-terminal tail, mediating the regulation of gap junction plaque size and dynamics. Biochemical study demonstrated that the very C-terminal 12 residues of Cx43 are necessary and sufficient for ZO-1 PDZ2 binding and phosphorylation at residues(More)
The two N-terminal PDZ domains of postsynaptic density protein-95 (PDS-95 PDZ1 and PDZ2) are closely connected in tandem by a conserved peptide linker of five amino acids. The interdomain orientation between PDZ1 and PDZ2 of the ligand-free PDZ12 tandem is restrained, and this conformational arrangement facilitates the synergistic binding of PDZ12 to(More)
GoLoco (GL) motif-containing proteins regulate G protein signaling by binding to Gα subunit and acting as guanine nucleotide dissociation inhibitors. GLs of LGN are also known to bind the GDP form of Gα(i/o) during asymmetric cell division. Here, we show that the C-terminal GL domain of LGN binds four molecules of Gα(i)·GDP. The crystal structures of(More)
ATP-binding cassette transporter BtuCD mediating vitamin B(12) uptake in Escherichia coli couples the energy of ATP hydrolysis to the translocation of vitamin B(12) across the membrane into the cell. Elastic normal mode analysis of BtuCD demonstrates that the simultaneous substrate trapping at periplasmic cavity and ATP binding at the ATP-binding cassette(More)
BtuCD is a member of the ATP-binding cassette transporters in Escherichia coli that imports vitamin B(12) into the cell by utilizing the energy of ATP hydrolysis. Crystal structures of BtuCD and its homologous protein HI1470/1 in various conformational states support the "alternating access" mechanism which proposes the conformational transitions of the(More)