Wenrui Chang

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The major light-harvesting complex of photosystem II (LHC-II) serves as the principal solar energy collector in the photosynthesis of green plants and presumably also functions in photoprotection under high-light conditions. Here we report the first X-ray structure of LHC-II in icosahedral proteoliposome assembly at atomic detail. One asymmetric unit of a(More)
In order to maximize their use of light energy in photosynthesis, plants have molecules that act as light-harvesting antennae, which collect light quanta and deliver them to the reaction centres, where energy conversion into a chemical form takes place. The functioning of the antenna responds to the extreme changes in the intensity of sunlight encountered(More)
CP29, one of the minor light-harvesting complexes of higher-plant photosystem II, absorbs and transfers solar energy for photosynthesis and also has important roles in photoprotection. We have solved the crystal structure of spinach CP29 at 2.80-Å resolution. Each CP29 monomer contains 13 chlorophyll and 3 carotenoid molecules, which differs considerably(More)
Seven fibrinolytic enzymes were purified from the earthworm Eisenia fetida. The molecular weights of the enzymes were 24 663, 29 516, 29 690, 24 201, 24 170, 23 028 and 29 595, and the respective isoelectric points were 3.46, 3.5, 3.5, 3.68, 3.62, 3.94 and 3.46. All the proteases showed different fibrinolytic activity on fibrin plates. Studies on substrate(More)
The three-dimensional structure of a thermostable beta-glycosidase (Gly(Tn)) from the thermophilic eubacterium Thermus nonproteolyticus HG102 was determined at a resolution of 2.4 A. The core of the structure adopts the (betaalpha)(8) barrel fold. The sequence alignments and the positions of the two Glu residues in the active center indicate that Gly(Tn)(More)
During photosynthesis, the plant photosystem II core complex receives excitation energy from the peripheral light-harvesting complex II (LHCII). The pathways along which excitation energy is transferred between them, and their assembly mechanisms, remain to be deciphered through high-resolution structural studies. Here we report the structure of a(More)
When LHCII forms aggregates, the internal conformational changes will result in chlorophyll fluorescence quenching. Uncovering the molecular mechanism of this phenomenon will help us to understand how plants dissipate the excess excitation energy through non-photochemical quenching (NPQ) process. The crystal structure of spinach and pea LHCII have been(More)
Sulfur oxygenase reductase (SOR) simultaneously catalyzes oxidation and reduction of elemental sulfur to produce sulfite, thiosulfate, and sulfide in the presence of molecular oxygen. In this study, crystal structures of wild type and mutants of SOR from Acidianus tengchongensis (SOR-AT) in two different crystal forms were determined and it was observed(More)
Zeta-crystallin-like quinone oxidoreductase is NAD(P)H-dependent and catalyzes one-electron reduction of certain quinones to generate semiquinone. Here we present the crystal structures of zeta-crystallin-like quinone oxidoreductase from Pseudomonas syringae pv. tomato DC3000 (PtoQOR) and its complexes with NADPH determined at 2.4 and 2.01A resolutions,(More)