Yuan Fu

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Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is caused by an expanded CUG repeat (CUG(exp)) that sequesters muscleblind-like 1 protein (MBNL1), a protein that regulates alternative splicing. CUG(exp) RNA is a validated drug target for this currently untreatable disease. Herein, we develop a bioactive small molecule (1) that targets CUG(exp) RNA and is able to inhibit(More)
In pre-mRNA splicing, a conserved AG/G at the 3'-splice site is recognized by U2AF(35). A disease-causing mutation abrogating the G nucleotide at the first position of an exon (E(+1)) causes exon skipping in GH1, FECH and EYA1, but not in LPL or HEXA. Knockdown of U2AF(35) enhanced exon skipping in GH1 and FECH. RNA-EMSA revealed that wild-type FECH(More)
Myotonic dystrophy type 2 (DM2) is an incurable neuromuscular disease caused by expanded CCUG repeats that may exhibit toxicity by sequestering the splicing regulator MBNL1. A series of triaminotriazine- and triaminopyrimidine-based small molecules (ligands 1-3) were designed, synthesized and tested as inhibitors of the MBNL1-CCUG interaction. Despite the(More)
An expanded CUG repeat transcript (CUG(exp)) is the causative agent of myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) by sequestering muscleblind-like 1 protein (MBNL1), a regulator of alternative splicing. On the basis of a ligand (1) that was previously reported to be active in an in vitro assay, we present the synthesis of a small library containing 10 dimeric ligands(More)
  • Gaurav Sablok, Yuan Fu, Valentina Bobbio, Marina Laura, Giuseppe L Rotino, Paolo Bagnaresi +6 others
  • 2014
The development of inexpensive and highly productive biomass sources of biofuel is a priority in global climate change biology. Arundo donax, also known as the giant reed, is recognized as one of the most promising nonfood bioenergy crops in Europe. Despite its relevance, to date no genomic resources are available to support the characterization of the(More)
  • Chia-Chen Liu, Chih-Wei Tsai, Ferenc Deak, Justin Rogers, Michael Penuliar, You Me Sung +9 others
  • 2014
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is an age-related neurological disorder characterized by synaptic loss and dementia. The low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 6 (LRP6) is an essential coreceptor for Wnt signaling, and its genetic variants have been linked to AD risk. Here we report that neuronal LRP6-mediated Wnt signaling is critical for synaptic(More)
An Eimeria intestinalis isolated from a rabbit in China was first identified by amplifying the 18S small subunit (SSU) ribosomal RNA gene. The size of the amplified fragment was 1521 bp. The 18S SSU RNA gene of the E. intestinalis isolate shared 99 % sequence identity with E. intestinalis isolates from France and the Czech Republic, with 100 and 96 %(More)
The transcription factor early growth response protein 3 (EGR3) is involved in schizophrenia. We developed a putative rat model of schizophrenia by transfecting lentiviral particles carrying the Egr3 gene into bilateral hippocampal dentate gyrus. We assessed spatial working memory using the Morris water maze test, and neuronal metabolite levels in bilateral(More)
Aberrant activation of lymphoid enhancer-binding factor-1 (LEF1) has been identified in several cancers, including chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). As a key transcription factor of the Wnt/β-catenin pathway, LEF1 helps to regulate important genes involved in tumor cell death mechanisms. In this study, we determined LEF1 gene expression levels in CLL (n =(More)
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE Sprawling (Swl) is a radiation-induced mutation which has been identified to have a nine base pair deletion in dynein heavy chain 1 (DYNC1H1: encoded by a single gene Dync1h1). This study is to investigate the phenotype and the underlying mechanism of the Dync1h1 mutant. METHODS AND RESULTS To display the phenotype of Swl mutant(More)