Yan-Liang Zhang

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The precise molecular mechanisms by which cells transduce a mechanical stimulus into an intracellular biochemical response have not yet been established. Here, we show for the first time that the fluorescence emission of an environment-sensitive membrane probe Laurdan is modulated by mechanical strain of the lipid bilayer membrane. We have measured(More)
The Alcaligenes faecalis PGA gene encoding heterodimeric penicillin G acylase (PGA) was cloned and successfully expressed in Escherichia coli and Bacillus subtilis respectively. In contrast to E.coli hosts where the enzymes were retained in the periplasm, B. subtilis cell secreted the recombinant enzyme into the medium. Contrary to limited expression yield(More)
Hemodynamic shear stress stimulates a number of intracellular events that both regulate vessel structure and influence development of vascular pathologies. The precise molecular mechanisms by which endothelial cells transduce this mechanical stimulus into intracellular biochemical response have not been established. Here, we show that mechanical(More)
BACKGROUND Multiple MicroRNAs (miRNAs) have been identified in the development and progression of osteosarcoma. However, the expression and roles of miR-212 in osteosarcoma remain largely undefined. METHODS Real-time PCR assays were used to detect the expression of miR-212 in human osteosarcoma tissues. MiR-212 mimics were introduced into MG63 and U2OS(More)
The molecular mechanisms by which bone cells transduce mechanical stimuli into intracellular biochemical responses have yet to be established. There is evidence that mechanical stimulation acts synergistically with parathyroid hormone PTH(1-34) in mediating bone growth. Using picosecond time-resolved fluorescence microscopy and G protein-coupled receptor(More)
We studied hypoxia-induced dynamic changes in the balance between PKA and PKA-counteracting phosphatases in the microfluidic environment in single cells using picosecond fluorescence spectroscopy and intramolecular fluorescence resonance energy transfer (FRET)-based sensors of PKA activity. First, we found that the apparent PKA activity in bone cells(More)
Active immunization has benefited human health perhaps more than any other biomedical advancement. Today, passive immunization is profoundly changing the practice of medicine by enabling antibody targeting of toxic, self, and other antigens not conducive to active immunization. Recombinant antibody libraries have contributed greatly to this progress and(More)
In the Moloney murine leukemia virus (MoMuLV) envelope glycoprotein (Env) we identified a membrane-proximal cytoplasmic domain (residues 598-616) that facilitates the Env incorporation into virions and Env-mediated fusion [Rozenberg, Y., Conner, J., Aguilar-Carreno, H., Chakraborti, S., Dimiter, D.S., Anderson, W.F., 2008. Viral entry: membrane-proximal(More)
GCN5-related N-acetyltransferases (GNATs) are the most widely distributed acetyltransferase systems among all three domains of life. GNATs appear to be involved in several key processes, including microbial antibiotic resistance, compacting eukaryotic DNA, controlling gene expression, and protein synthesis. Here, we report the crystal structure of a(More)