Zhengzhi Fang

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Urate oxidase is a potential therapeutic protein in the prevention and treatment of tumor lysis syndrome and hyperuricemia. However, its severe immunogenicity limits its clinical application. In our work, several strides have been made toward engineering site-specific modifications of keto groups in urate oxidase by using evolved Methanocaldococcus(More)
Urate oxidase catalyzes the oxidation of uric acid with poor solubility to produce 5-hydroxyisourate and allantoin. Since allantoin is excreted in vivo, urate oxidase has the potential to be a therapeutic target for the treatment of gout. However, its severe immunogenicity limits its clinical application. Furthermore, studies on the structure-function(More)
The Methanococcus jannaschii tRNA(Tyr)/tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase pair has been engineered to incorporate unnatural amino acids into proteins in Escherichia coli site-specifically. In order to add other unnatural amino acids into proteins by this approach, the amino acid binding site of M. jannaschii tyrosyl-tRNA synthetase need to be mutated. The crystal(More)
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