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Articles by W Jin
Total Records ( 3 ) for W Jin
  T Zhang , X Xu , L Shen , Y Feng , Z Yang , Y Shen , J Wang , W Jin and X. Wang
 

Overexpression of foreign proteins in Escherichia coli often leads to the formation of inclusion bodies (IBs), which becomes the major bottleneck in the preparation of recombinant proteins and their applications. In the present study, 36 proteins from IBs were refolded using a simple refolding method. Refolding yields of these proteins were defined as the percentage of soluble proteins following dilution refolding in the amount of denatured proteins in the samples before diluting into refolding buffer. Furthermore, a mathematical model was deduced to evaluate the role of biochemical properties in the protein refolding. Our results indicated that under the experimental conditions, isoelectric point of proteins might be mostly contributing to the high efficacy of protein refolding since the increment of one unit resulted in a decrease of 14.83% in the refolding yield. Other important mediators were components of protein secondary structure and the molecular weight (R2 = 0.98, P = 0.000, F-test). Six proteins with low efficiency in the protein refolding possessed relatively low isoelectric points. Furthermore, refolding yields of six additional proteins from IBs were predicted and further validated by refolding the proteins under the same conditions. Therefore, the model of protein refolding developed here could be used to predict the refolding yields of proteins from IBs through a simple method. Our study will be suggestive to optimize the methods for protein refolding from IBs according to their intrinsic properties.

  W Jin , G. M Kim , M. S Kim , M. H Lim , C Yun , J Jeong , J. S Nam and S. J. Kim
 

Tropomyosin-related kinase (Trk) C, a member of the Trk family of neurotrophin receptors, has been implicated in the growth and survival of human cancer tissues. Here, we report that TrkC is frequently overexpressed in human breast cancers and plays an essential role in tumor growth and metastasis. Ectopic expression of TrkC in non-malignant mammary epithelial cells suppressed anoikis, which correlated with activation of the Ras-mitogen-activated protein kinase and phosphatidylinositol-3-OH kinase (PI3K)/Akt pathways, and reduced expression of the metastatic regulator Twist. Furthermore, suppression of TrkC expression in highly metastatic mammary carcinoma cells inhibited their growth in vitro, as well as their ability to metastasize from the mammary gland to the lung in vivo. These results have identified TrkC as a critical regulator of breast cancer cell growth and metastasis.

  Z Meng , Y Wang , L Wang , W Jin , N Liu , H Pan , L Liu , L Wagman , B. M Forman and W. Huang
 

Liver repair is key to resuming homeostasis and preventing fibrogenesis as well as other liver diseases. Farnesoid X receptor (FXR, NR1H4) is an emerging liver metabolic regulator and cell protector. Here we show that FXR is essential to promote liver repair after carbon tetrachloride (CCl4)-induced injury. Expression of hepatic FXR in wild-type mice was strongly suppressed by CCl4 treatment, and bile acid homeostasis was disrupted. Liver injury was induced in both wild-type and FXR–/– mice by CCl4, but FXR–/– mice had more severe defects in liver repair than wild-type mice. FXR–/– livers had a decreased peak of regenerative DNA synthesis and reduced induction of genes involved in liver regeneration. Moreover, FXR–/– mice displayed increased mortality and enhanced hepatocyte deaths. During the early stages of liver repair after CCl4 treatment, we observed overproduction of TNF and a strong decrease of phosphorylation and DNA-binding activity of signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 in livers from FXR–/– mice. Exogenous expression of a constitutively active signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 protein in FXR–/– liver effectively reduced hepatocyte death and liver injury after CCl4 treatment. These results suggest that FXR is required to regulate normal liver repair by promoting regeneration and preventing cell death.

 
 
 
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