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Phosphorylation of the neurofilament proteins of high and medium relative molecular mass, as well as of the Alzheimer's tau protein, is thought to be catalysed by a protein kinase with Cdc2-like substrate specificity. We have purified a novel Cdc2-like kinase from bovine brain capable of phosphorylating both the neurofilament proteins and tau. The purified(More)
The paired helical filament (PHF), which makes up the major fibrous component of the neurofibrillary lesions of Alzheimer's disease, is composed of hyperphosphorylated and abnormally phosphorylated microtubule-associated protein tau. Previous studies have identified serine and threonine residues phosphorylated in PHF-tau and have shown that tau can be(More)
AIMS The aim of this study was to elucidate the potential quorum-sensing (QS) signal molecules of an emerging pathogen (Edwardsiella tarda strain LTB-4) of cultured turbot (Scophthalmus maximus). METHODS AND RESULTS A sensitive and rapid double-layer plate method using biosensor strain Agrobacterium tumefaciens KYC55 was developed to detect the(More)
Cdk5 exists in brain extracts in multiple forms, one of which is a macromolecular protein complex comprising Cdk5, neuron-specific Cdk5 activator p35nck5a and other protein components (Lee, K.-Y., Rosales, J. L., Tang, D., and Wang, J.H. (1996) J. Biol. Chem. 271, 1538-1543). The yeast two-hybrid system was employed to identify p35nck5a-interacting proteins(More)
Cyclin-dependent protein kinase 5 (Cdk5) depends on the association with neuronal Cdk5 activator (Nck5a) for kinase activity. A variety of cellular proteins have been shown to undergo high affinity association with Nck5a, including three novel proteins, C42, C48, and C53 found by a yeast two-hybrid screen (Ching, Y. P., Qi, Z., and Wang, J. H. (2000) Gene(More)
Stroke is a long-term disability and one of the leading causes of death. However, no successful therapeutic intervention is available for the majority of stroke patients. In this study, we explored a traditional Chinese medicine Baifuzi (Typhonium giganteum Engl.). We show, at first, that the ethanol extract of Baifuzi exerts neuroprotective effects against(More)
In order to obtain a salt-tolerant perennial alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.), we transferred the halophyte Salicornia europaea L. Na(+)/H(+) antiporter gene, SeNHX1, to alfalfa by using the Agrobacterium-mediated transformation method. The transformants were confirmed by both PCR and RT-PCR analyses. Of 197 plants that were obtained after transformation, 36(More)
We isolated a 204-base pair carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) promoter core region from a CEA-producing human colorectal carcinoma (CRC) and constructed retrovirus vectors carrying the expression cassette consisting of the CEA promoter core region and the cytosine deaminase (CD) gene. pCD2 retrovirus carrying the CD gene directed by the retrovirus long(More)
Neuronal Cdc2-like kinase is a heterodimer of Cdk5 and a 25-kDa subunit which is derived from a brain-specific 35-kDa novel protein, p35 (Lew, J., Huang, Q.-Q., Qi, Z., Winkfein, R. J., Aebersold, R., Hunt, T., and Wang, J. H. (1994) Nature 371, 423-426). Three truncated forms of p35 including the one corresponding to the 25-kDa subunit of the kinase have(More)
Neuronal Cdc2-like kinase, Nclk, is a heterodimer of a Cdk5 catalytic subunit and a 25 kDa regulatory subunit derived proteolytically from a neuron- and central nervous system-specific 35 kDa protein. The regulatory subunit is mandatory for kinase activity, hence it is designated the neuronal Cdk5 activator, p25/p35nck5a. Nclk has been suggested to play a(More)