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Articles by Yue-Wei Qian
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  Yan Qun Chen , Ming-Shang Kuo , Shuyu Li , Hai H. Bui , David A. Peake , Philip E. Sanders , Stefan J. Thibodeaux , Shaoyou Chu , Yue-Wei Qian , Yang Zhao , David S. Bredt , David E. Moller , Robert J. Konrad , Anne P. Beigneux , Stephen G. Young and Guoqing Cao
  AGPAT6 is a member of the 1-acylglycerol-3-phosphate O-acyltransferase (AGPAT) family that appears to be important in triglyceride biosynthesis in several tissues, but the precise biochemical function of the enzyme is unknown. In the current study, we show that AGPAT6 is a microsomal glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase (GPAT). Membranes from HEK293 cells overexpressing human AGPAT6 had higher levels of GPAT activity. Substrate specificity studies suggested that AGPAT6 was active against both saturated and unsaturated long-chain fatty acyl-CoAs. Both glycerol 3-phosphate and fatty acyl-CoA increased the GPAT activity, and the activity was sensitive to N-ethylmaleimide, a sulfhydryl-modifying reagent. Purified AGPAT6 protein possessed GPAT activity but not AGPAT activity. Using [13C7]oleic acid labeling and mass spectrometry, we found that overexpression of AGPAT6 increased both lysophosphatidic acid and phosphatidic acid levels in cells. In these studies, total triglyceride and phosphatidylcholine levels were not significantly altered, although there were significant changes in the abundance of specific phosphatidylcholine species. Human AGPAT6 is localized to endoplasmic reticulum and is broadly distributed in tissues. Membranes of mammary epithelial cells from Agpat6-deficient mice exhibited markedly reduced GPAT activity compared with membranes from wild-type mice. Reducing AGPAT6 expression in HEK293 cells through small interfering RNA knockdown suggested that AGPAT6 significantly contributed to HEK293 cellular GPAT activity. Our data indicate that AGPAT6 is a microsomal GPAT, and we propose renaming this enzyme GPAT4.
  Hui Xiao , Wen Qian , Kirk Staschke , Youcun Qian , Grace Cui , Li Deng , Mariam Ehsani , Xiliang Wang , Yue-Wei Qian , Zhijian J. Chen , Raymond Gilmour , Zhengfan Jiang and Xiaoxia Li
  IL-1 receptor-associated kinase (IRAK) is phosphorylated, ubiquitinated, and degraded upon interleukin-1 (IL-1) stimulation. In this study, we showed that IRAK can be ubiquitinated through both Lys-48- and Lys-63-linked polyubiquitin chains upon IL-1 induction. Pellino 3b is the RING-like motif ubiquitin protein ligase that promotes the Lys-63-linked polyubiquitination on IRAK. Pellino 3b-mediated Lys-63-linked IRAK polyubiquitination competed with Lys-48-linked IRAK polyubiquitination for the same ubiquitination site, Lys-134 of IRAK, thereby blocking IL-1-induced IRAK degradation. Importantly, the negative impact of Pellino 3b on IL-1-induced IRAK degradation correlated with the inhibitory effect of Pellino 3b on the IL-1-induced TAK1-dependent pathway, suggesting that a positive role of IRAK degradation in IL-1 induced TAK1 activation. Taken together, our results suggest that Pellino 3b acts as a negative regulator for IL-1 signaling by regulating IRAK degradation through its ubiquitin protein ligase activity.
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