Xinhong Dong

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Gag proteins direct the process of retroviral particle assembly and form the major protein constituents of the viral core. The matrix region of the HIV-1 Gag polyprotein plays a critical role in the transport of Gag to the plasma membrane assembly site. Recent evidence indicates that Gag trafficking to late endosomal compartments, including multivesicular(More)
Different cell types that occupy the midline of vertebrate embryos originate within the Spemann-Mangold or gastrula organizer. One such cell type is hypochord, which lies ventral to notochord in anamniote embryos. We show that hypochord precursors arise from the lateral edges of the organizer in zebrafish. During gastrulation, hypochord precursors are(More)
Adaptor protein complex 3 (AP-3) is a heterotetramer that is involved in signal-mediated protein sorting to endosomal-lysosomal organelles. AP-3 deficiency in humans, induced by mutations in the AP3B1 gene, which encodes the β3A subunit of the AP-3 complex, results in Hermansky-Pudlak syndrome 2 (HPS2), which is a rare genetic disorder with defective(More)
GB virus type C (GBV-C) is a single-stranded positive-sense RNA virus classified in the Flaviviridae family. Persistent coinfection with GBV-C is associated with lower human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) load, higher CD4(+) T-cell count, and prolonged survival in HIV-1 coinfected patients. The GBV-C envelope glycoprotein E2 has been reported to(More)
Porphyromonas gingivalis is a keystone periopathogen that plays an essential role in the progress of periodontitis. Like other gram-negative bacteria, the ability of P. gingivalis to produce outer membrane vesicles is a strategy used to interact with, and survive within its biological niches. Here we compared the protein components associated with vesicles(More)
Tetherin, also known as bone marrow stromal antigen 2 (BST-2), inhibits the release of a wide range of enveloped viruses, including human immunodeficiency virus, type 1 (HIV-1) by directly tethering nascent virions to the surface of infected cells. The HIV-1 accessary protein Vpu counteracts tetherin restriction via sequestration, down-regulation, and/or(More)
During the late phase of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Type-1 (HIV-1) replication cycle, viral Gag proteins and the intact RNA genome are trafficked to specific sub-cellular membranes where virus assembly and budding occurs. Targeting to the plasma membranes of T cells and macrophages is mediated by interactions between the N-terminal matrix (MA) domain(More)
HIV-1 Gag precursor directs virus particle assembly and release. In a search for Gag-interacting proteins that are involved in late stages of the HIV-1 replication cycle, we performed yeast two-hybrid screening against a human cDNA library and identified the non-muscle actin filament cross-linking protein filamin A as a novel Gag binding partner. The(More)
Porphyromonas gingivalis is a keystone pathogen of periodontitis. One of its bacterial characteristics is the ability to invade various host cells, including nonphagocytic epithelial cells and fibroblasts, which is known to facilitate P. gingivalis adaptation and survival in the gingival environment. In this study, we investigated two small compounds, Alop1(More)
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