Zhongquan Qi

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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)
Neuronal Cdc2-like kinase (Nclk) is involved in the regulation of neuronal differentiation and neuro-cytoskeleton dynamics. The active kinase consists of a catalytic subunit, Cdk5, and a 25 kDa activator protein (p25nck5a) derived from a 35 kDa neuronal-specific protein (p35nck5a). As an extension of our previous study (Qi, Z., Tang, D., Zhu, X., Fujita,(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)
We have identified and purified from bovine brain a novel protein kinase which catalyzes in vitro phosphorylation of neurofilament proteins NF-H and NF-M and tau proteins at sites implicating the enzyme in the regulation of neurocytoskeleton dynamics and in Alzheimer pathology. The protein kinase displays a phosphorylation site specificity similar or(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)
Streptococcus pyogenes of the M1 serotype can cause streptococcal toxic shock syndrome and acute lung injury. Statins exert beneficial effects in septic patients although the mechanisms remain elusive. This study examined effects of simvastatin on M1 protein-provoked pulmonary inflammation and tissue injury. Male C57BL/6 mice were pretreated with(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)
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)
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)
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)