Yuan-Chih Chang

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The RecA family of proteins mediates homologous recombination, an evolutionarily conserved pathway that maintains genomic stability by protecting against DNA double strand breaks. RecA proteins are thought to facilitate DNA strand exchange reactions as closed-rings or as right-handed helical filaments. Here, we report the crystal structure of a left-handed(More)
Saccharomyces cerevisiae Hop2 and Mnd1 are abundant meiosisspecific chromosomal proteins, and mutations in the corresponding genes lead to defects in meiotic recombination and in homologous chromosome interactions during mid-prophase. Analysis of various double mutants suggests that HOP2, MND1, and DMC1 act in the same genetic pathway for the establishment(More)
Saccharomyces cerevisiae Dmc1, a meiosis-specific homologue of RecA, catalyzes homologous pairing and strand exchange during meiotic DNA recombination. The purified budding yeast Dmc1 (ScDmc1) protein exhibits much weaker recombinase activity in vitro as compared to that of the Escherichia coli RecA protein. Using atomic force microscopy (AFM) with carbon(More)
Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor (GDNF) supports the growth and survival of dopaminergic neurons. CNS gene delivery currently relies on invasive intracerebral injection to transit the blood-brain barrier. Non-viral gene delivery via systematic transvascular route is an attractive alternative because it is non-invasive, but a high-yield and(More)
In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, a constitutive biosynthetic transport pathway, termed the cytoplasm-to-vacuole targeting (Cvt) pathway, sequesters precursor aminopeptidase I (prApe1) dodecamers in the form of a large complex into a Cvt vesicle using autophagic machinery, targeting it into the vacuole (the yeast lysosome) where it is proteolytically processed(More)
Focused ultrasound (FUS) with microbubbles has been used to achieve local blood-brain barrier opening (BBB opening) and increase the penetration of therapeutic drugs into brain tumors. However, inertial cavitation of microbubbles during FUS-induced BBB opening causes intracerebral hemorrhaging (ICH), leading to acute and chronic brain injury and limiting(More)
Dmc1 is specifically required for homologous recombination during meiosis. Here we report that the calcium ion enabled Dmc1 from budding yeast to form regular helical filaments on single-stranded DNA (ssDNA) and activate its strand assimilation activity. Relative to magnesium, calcium increased the affinity of Dmc1 for ATP and but reduces its DNA-dependent(More)
Bacterial RibG is an attractive candidate for development of antimicrobial drugs because of its involvement in the riboflavin biosynthesis. The crystal structure of Bacillus subtilis RibG at 2.41-A resolution displayed a tetrameric ring-like structure with an extensive interface of approximately 2400 A(2)/monomer. The N-terminal deaminase domain belongs to(More)
In patients who survive myocardial infarction, many go on to develop congestive heart failure (CHF). Despite ongoing efforts to develop new approaches for postinfarction therapy, there are still no effective therapeutic options available to CHF patients. Currently, the delivery of cardioprotective drugs relies entirely on passive uptake via the enhanced(More)