Yong-kang Zhang

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Compressive sensing (CS) is an emerging methodology in computational signal processing that has recently attracted intensive research activities. At present, the basic CS theory includes recoverability and stability: the former quantifies the central fact that a sparse signal of length n can be exactly recovered from far fewer than n measurements via(More)
Aminoacyl-transfer RNA (tRNA) synthetases, which catalyze the attachment of the correct amino acid to its corresponding tRNA during translation of the genetic code, are proven antimicrobial drug targets. We show that the broad-spectrum antifungal 5-fluoro-1,3-dihydro-1-hydroxy-2,1-benzoxaborole (AN2690), in development for the treatment of onychomycosis,(More)
Benzoxaboroles are a novel class of drug-like compounds that have been rich sources of novel inhibitors for various enzymes and of new drugs. While examining benzoxaborole activity in phenotypic screens, our attention was attracted by the (aminomethylphenoxy)benzoxaborole family, which potently inhibited Toll-like receptor-stimulated cytokine secretion from(More)
OBJECTIVE The expression of UDP-GalNAc:polypeptide N-acetylgalactosaminyltransferase-12 (pp-GalNAc-T12) was studied in 3 normal human tissues (stomach, small intestine and colon), 3 stomach and 6 colon cancer cell lines, as well as in the resected cancer tissues and normal tissues (control) from 19 patients with colorectal cancer. METHODS Marathon Ready(More)
Gram-negative bacteria cause approximately 70% of the infections in intensive care units. A growing number of bacterial isolates responsible for these infections are resistant to currently available antibiotics and to many in development. Most agents under development are modifications of existing drug classes, which only partially overcome existing(More)
Purpose: To study the structural alterations of asparagine-linked sugar chains (N-glycans) on urine fibronectin (Fn) from bladder cancer (BCa) patients and its enzymatic mechanism. Methods: Eight pairs of urine samples from eight BCa patients pre-operation and 3 months post-operation (which proved to be normal) were collected, and the Fn in the urine(More)
Relative to carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen and oxygen, very little is currently known about boron in therapeutics. In addition, there are very few boron-containing natural products identified to date to serve as leads for medicinal chemists. Perceived risks of using boron and lack of synthetic methods to handle boron-containing compounds have caused the(More)
Onychomycosis is a challenging fungal infection to treat topically, likely due to the unique properties of the nail plate. This seemingly impenetrable barrier has high resistance to the passage of antifungal drugs in sufficient concentrations to kill the causative fungi deep in the nail bed. Recently, a new class of antifungal agent was described, termed(More)
A series of phenoxy benzoxaboroles were synthesized and screened for their inhibitory activity against PDE4 and cytokine release. 5-(4-Cyanophenoxy)-2,3-dihydro-1-hydroxy-2,1-benzoxaborole (AN2728) showed potent activity both in vitro and in vivo. This compound is now in clinical development for the topical treatment of psoriasis and being pursued for the(More)
The activities ofN-acetylglucosaminyltransferase (GnT) III, IV and V were determined in 10 cases of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) and compared with the normal kidney cortex (NKC) regions of the same kidney resected from RCC patients. It was found that the GnT III and GnT IV activities decreased consistently in all samples of RCC, while GnT V activity(More)