Zhi-Chun Ding

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Neuronal growth-inhibitory factor (GIF), also named metallothionein-3, inhibits the outgrowth of neuronal cells. Recent studies on the structure of human GIF, carried out using NMR and molecular dynamics simulation techniques, have been summarized. By studying a series of protein-engineered mutants of GIF, we showed that the bioactivity of GIF is modulated(More)
It has been reported that the (6)CPCP(9) motif near the N-terminus is pivotal to the inhibitory activity of human neuronal growth inhibitory factor (hGIF). In order to better understand the biological significance of this region on the structure, property and function of hGIF, we introduced a highly flexible residue, Gly, either in front of the (6)CPCP(9)(More)
ZNF191, a new human zinc finger protein, probably relates to some hereditary diseases and cancers. To obtain structural information of zinc finger domain a convenient method for obtaining milligram quantities of each zinc finger peptide of ZNF191 is necessary. Here, we report an Escherichia coli expression system for rapid and high-level expression of zinc(More)
Human metallothionein-3 (hMT3), first isolated and identified as a neuronal growth inhibitory factor (GIF), is a metalloprotein expressed predominantly in brain. However, until now, the exact mechanism of the bioactivity of hMT3 is still unknown. In order to study the influence of acid-base catalysis on S-nitrosylation of hMT3, we constructed the E23K(More)
Human metallothionein-3 (hMT3), also named human neuronal growth inhibitory factor (hGIF), is attractive due to its distinct neuronal growth inhibitory activity, which is not shown by other human MT isoforms. It has been reported that the neuronal growth inhibitory activity arises from the N-terminal β-domain rather than its C-terminal α-domain. However,(More)
The beta-domain of metallothionein-3 (MT3) has been reported to be crucial to the neuron growth inhibitory bioactivity. Little detailed three-dimensional structural information is available to present a reliable basis for elucidation on structure-property-function relationships of this unique protein by experimental techniques. So, molecular dynamics(More)
Human neuronal growth inhibitory factor (hGIF) is able to inhibit the outgrowth of neurons. As compared with the amino acid sequences of metallothionein 1/2, hGIF contains two insertions: a Thr at position 5 and an acidic hexapeptide EAAEAE(55-60) close to the C-terminus. Moreover, all mammalian growth inhibitory factor sequences contain a conserved(More)
Metallothinein-3 (MT3), also named neuronal growth inhibitory factor (GIF), is attractive by its distinct neuronal growth inhibitory activity, which is not shared by other MT isoforms. The polypeptide chain of GIF is folded into two individual domains, which are connected by a highly conserved linker, KKS. In order to figure out the significance of the(More)
Human metallothionein-3 (hMT3), also named as human neuronal growth inhibitory factor (hGIF), can inhibit the outgrowth of embryonic cortical neurons in the presence of brain extracts. In order to systematically study the structure-property-reactivity-function relationship of hGIF, our laboratory designed a series of mutants and studied their structure,(More)
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