Zhao-ling Qin

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SARS-associated coronavirus (SCoV) M protein plays a key role in viral assembly and budding. Recent studies revealed that M protein could interact with N protein in the Golgi complex. In this study, we showed that SCoV M protein co-localized in the Golgi apparatus with a Golgi vector marker. To study M protein function, three candidate small interfering(More)
RNA interference (RNAi) has been widely used for the analysis of gene function and represents a new promising approach to develop effective antiviral drugs. In this study, several small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) corresponding to two structural genes (core and E2) of hepatitis C virus (HCV) were designed and in vitro transcribed to explore the possibility of(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection was recently recognized as an independent risk factor for insulin resistance (IR), the onset phase of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Phosphatase and tensin homolog deleted on chromosome 10 (PTEN) negatively regulates PI3K/Akt signaling pathway, which is critical for IR development and progression of cirrhosis to(More)
Two candidate small interfering RNAs (siRNAs) corresponding to severe acute respiratory syndrome-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) spike gene were designed and in vitro transcribed to explore the possibility of silencing SARS-CoV S gene. The plasmid pEGFP-optS, which contains the codon-optimized SARS-CoV S gene and expresses spike-EGFP fusion protein(More)
SARS-CoV is a newly identified coronavirus that causes severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS). Currently, there is no effective method available for prophylaxis and treatment of SARS-CoV infections. In the present study, the influence of small interfering RNA (siRNA) on SARS-CoV nucleocapsid (N) protein expression was detected in cultured cells and mouse(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) envelope glycoprotein E2 is involved in virus assembly and initial entry into host cells. The tertiary organization of the E2 ectodomain is mainly composed of domains I-III, followed by the stem (ST) region and transmembrane (TM) domain. The ST region is critical for reorganizing the envelope glycoproteins during the membrane fusion(More)
Hepatitis C virus (HCV) entry is a sequential and multi-step process that includes receptor interactions followed by pH-dependent membrane fusion. Specific and conserved histidine residues on the viral envelope proteins are involved in most pH-induced virus entries. In the case of HCV, some conserved histidines on the E1 and E2 proteins have been(More)
Fetal bovine serum (FBS), used normally as a basic cell culture supplement, inhibits influenza virus growth. However, the role of FBS in the regulation of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has not been studied extensively and remains largely unclear. We adopted the established cell-cultured HCV (HCVcc) isolated from the JFH-1 strain and two sets of(More)
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