Yunjie Zhao

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Building tertiary structures of non-coding RNA is required to understand their functions and design new molecules. Current algorithms of RNA tertiary structure prediction give satisfactory accuracy only for small size and simple topology and many of them need manual manipulation. Here, we present an automated and fast program, 3dRNA, for RNA tertiary(More)
A range of in vitro, experimental and clinical intervention studies have implicated an important role for hyperglycaemia-induced activation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) in the development and progression of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Blockade of RAS by angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors is an effective strategy in treating diabetic(More)
Macrophage infiltration contributes to the pathogenesis of diabetic renal injury. However, the regulatory mechanisms between macrophage infiltration and epithelial cell activation are still unclear. Our previous study found that C66, a novel curcumin analog, was able to inhibit inflammatory cytokine expression in vitro and in vivo. This study further(More)
Mammals and other complex organisms can transcribe an abundance of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) that fulfill a wide variety of regulatory roles in many biological processes. These roles, including as scaffolds and as guides for protein-coding genes, mainly depend on the structure and expression level of lncRNAs. In this review, we focus on the current(More)
Riboswitches are novel RNA regulatory elements. Each riboswitch molecule consists of two domains: aptamer and express platform. The three-dimensional (3D) structure of the aptamer domain, depending on ligand binding or not, controls that of the express platform, which then switches on or off transcriptional or translational process. Here we study the two(More)
Riboswitches play roles in transcriptional or translational regulation through specific ligand binding of their aptamer domains. Although a number of ligand-bound aptamer complex structures have been solved, it is important to know ligand-free conformations of the aptamers in order to understand the mechanism of specific binding by ligands. In this paper,(More)