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A new psychrophilic marine protease was found from a marine bacterium Flavobacterium YS-80 in the Chinese Yellow Sea. The protease is about 49 kD with an isoelectric point about 4.5. It consists of 480 amino acids and is homologous to a psychrophilic alkaline protease (PAP) from an Antarctic Pseudomonas species. The protein was purified from the natural(More)
Human 3-alpha hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 3 (3α-HSD3) has an essential role in the inactivation of 5α-dihydrotestosterone (DHT). Notably, human 3α-HSD3 shares 97.8% sequence identity with human 20-alpha hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase (20α-HSD) and there is only one amino acid difference (residue 54) that is located in their steroid binding pockets.(More)
Human 3α-HSD3 (3α-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 3) plays an essential role in the inactivation of the most potent androgen 5α-DHT (5α-dihydrotestosterone). The present study attempts to obtain the important structure of 3α-HSD3 in complex with 5α-DHT and to investigate the role of 3α-HSD3 in breast cancer cells. We report the crystal structure of human(More)
The emission spectrum of widely used CyPet is pH-sensitive. In order to synthesize a pH-insensitive cyan fluorescent protein by rational design, we solved the crystal structures of CyPet under different pH conditions. The indole group of the CyPet chromophore adopts a cis-coplanar conformation in acidic and neutral conditions, while it converts to(More)
Sau3AI is a type II restriction enzyme that recognizes the 5'-GATC-3' sequence in double-strand DNA and cleaves at 5' to the G residue. The C-terminal domain of Sau3AI (Sau3AI-C), which contains amino acids from 233 to 489, was crystallized and its structure was solved by using the Multi-wavelength Anomalous Diffraction method. The Sau3AI-C structure at 1.9(More)
The study investigated the effects and underlying mechanisms of silent information regulation of transcription 1 (Sirt1) action on apoptosis in chondrocytes and degradation of the extracellular matrix. Cartilage tissue samples were derived from knee arthroplasty of patients with osteoarthritis (OA). The three groups were as follows: Control, resveratrol(More)
The red fluorescent protein variant TagRFP-T has greatly improved photostability over its parent molecule, TagRFP, but the underlying mechanism leading to this improvement is to date unknown. The 1.95 Å resolution crystallographic structure of TagRFP-T showed that its chromophore exists as a mixture of cis and trans coplanar isomers in roughly equal(More)
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