Ziyan Yuan

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Breast cancer gene 1 carboxy terminus (BRCT) domains are found in a number of proteins that are important for DNA damage response (DDR). The BRCT domains bind phosphorylated proteins and these protein-protein interactions are essential for DDR and DNA repair. High affinity domain specific inhibitors are needed to facilitate the dissection of the(More)
Carboxy terminal BRCT domains of the breast cancer susceptibility gene 1 (BRCA1) bind to phosphorylated proteins through a pSXXF consensus recognition motif. We report a systematic structure-activity relationship study that maps the BRCT(BRCA1)-pSXXF binding interface, leading to identification of peptides with nanomolar binding affinities comparable to(More)
The C-terminal domain of BRCA1(BRCT) is involved in the DNA repair pathway by recognizing the pSXXF motif in interacting proteins. It has been reported that short peptides containing this motif bind to BRCA1(BRCT) in the micromolar range with high specificity. In this work, the binding of pSXXF peptides has been studied computationally and experimentally in(More)
We describe truncation and SAR studies to identify a pentapeptide that binds Cbl tyrosine kinase binding domain with a higher affinity than the parental peptide. The pentapeptide has an alternative binding mode that allows occupancy of a previously uncharacterized groove. A peptide library was used to map the binding site and define the interface landscape.(More)
BRCT(BRCA1) plays a major role in DNA repair pathway, and does so by recognizing the conserved sequence pSXXF in its target proteins. Remarkably, tetrapeptides containing pSXXF motif bind with high specificity and micromolar affinity. Here, we have characterized the binding interactions of pSXXF tetrapeptides using NMR spectroscopy and calorimetry. We show(More)
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