Zhonglei Chen

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We describe structure-based design and chemical synthesis of a simplified analog of bistramide A, which potently and reversibly binds monomeric actin with a K(d) of 9.0 nM, depolymerizes filamentous actin in vitro and in A549 (nonsmall cell lung cancer) cells, inhibits growth of cancer cell lines in vitro at submicromolar concentrations, and significantly(More)
Chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP) serves as a central experimental technique in epigenetics research, yet there are serious drawbacks: it is a relative measurement, which untethered to any external scale obscures fair comparison among experiments; it employs antibody reagents that have differing affinities and specificities for target epitopes that vary(More)
Considerable mechanistic insight into the function of histone post-translational modifications and the enzymes that install and remove them derives from in vitro experiments with modified histones, often embedded in nucleosomes. We report the first semisyntheses of native-like histone 3 (H3) bearing tri- and dimethyllysines at position 79 and(More)
Recent research reveals that the YEATS domains preferentially recognize crotonylated lysines on histones. Here, we discuss the molecular mechanisms that enable this recognition and the biological significances of this interaction. The dynamics of histone crotonylation and its potential roles in the regulation of gene expression will also be discussed.
Histone post-translational modifications (PTMs) carry an epigenetic layer of message to regulate diverse cellular processes at the chromatin level. Many of these PTMs are selectively recognized by dedicated effector proteins for normal cell growth and development, while dysregulation of these recognition events is often implicated in human diseases, notably(More)
Acetylation is correlated with chromatin decondensation and transcriptional activation, but its regulation by histone deacetylase (HDAC)-bearing corepressor complexes is poorly understood. Here, we describe the mechanism of assembly of the mammalian Sin3L/Rpd3L complex facilitated by Sds3, a conserved subunit deemed critical for proper assembly. Sds3(More)
Chemical modifications on histones and DNA/RNA constitute a fundamental mechanism for epigenetic regulation. These modifications often function as docking marks to recruit or stabilize cognate "reader" proteins. So far, a platform for quantitative and high-throughput profiling of the epigenetic interactome is urgently needed but still lacking. Here, we(More)
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