Yu-Ying Qian

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Five novel peptides were identified in the brains of mice lacking active carboxypeptidase E, a neuropeptide-processing enzyme. These peptides are produced from a single precursor, termed proSAAS, which is present in human, mouse, and rat. ProSAAS mRNA is expressed primarily in brain and other neuroendocrine tissues (pituitary, adrenal, pancreas); within(More)
ProSAAS is a recently discovered 26-kDa neuroendocrine protein that was previously found to inhibit prohormone convertase (PC) 1 and not PC2. In the present study, the specificity of proSAAS toward other members of the prohormone convertase family was determined. Two microm proSAAS selectively inhibits PC1 but not furin, PACE4, PC5A, or PC7. The PC1(More)
The objective of this study was to investigate whether microtubular structure changes and tau protein hyperphosphorylation exist in hippocampal neurons of experimental diabetic mice, and to study the effect of amyloid precursor protein 17mer peptide. The results showed that the microtubules of hippocampal neurons of diabetic mice manifested prominent signs(More)
Many peptide hormones in a variety of species are produced from larger precursors by limited proteolysis at basic amino acid-containing sites. The marine mollusc Aplysia has homologs of mammalian peptide-processing enzymes, including furin, prohormone convertase 1 (PC1), PC2, and carboxypeptidase E (CPE). A novel neuronal Aplysia enzyme was recently(More)
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