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Articles by Yunzhe Zhang in JoVE
Expression Analysis of Mammalian Linker-histone Subtypes
Magdalena Medrzycki, Yunzhe Zhang, Kaixiang Cao, Yuhong Fan
School of Biology and the Parker H. Petit Institute of Bioengineering and Biosciences, Georgia Institute of Technology
We describe a set of assays to analyze expression levels of H1 linker histones. mRNA of individual H1 genes are quantitatively measured by random primer based reverse transcription followed by real-time PCR, whereas protein quantification of H1 histones is achieved by HPLC analysis.
Other articles by Yunzhe Zhang on PubMed
Journal of Medicinal Chemistry. Jan, 2009 | Pubmed ID: 19093884
Inhibition of histone deacetylase inhibitors (HDACi) hold great promise in cancer therapy because of their demonstrated ability to arrest proliferation of nearly all transformed cell types. Of the several structurally distinct small molecule HDACi reported, macrocyclic depsipeptides have the most complex recognition cap-group moieties and present an excellent opportunity for the modulation of the biological activities of HDACi. Unfortunately, the structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies for this class of compounds have been impaired largely because most macrocyclic HDACi known to date comprise complex peptide macrocycles. In addition to retaining the pharmacologically disadvantaged peptidyl backbone, they offer only limited opportunity for side chain modifications. Here, we report the discovery of a new class of macrocyclic HDACi based on the macrolide antibiotics skeletons. SAR studies revealed that these compounds displayed both linker-length and macrolide-type dependent HDAC inhibition activities with IC(50) in the low nanomolar range. In addition, these non-peptide macrocyclic HDACi are more selective against HDACs 1 and 2 relative to HDAC 8, another class I HDAC isoform, and hence have subclass HDAC isoform selectivity.
[Development of a Loop-mediated Isothermal Amplification Assay for Rapid Detection of Enterobacter Sakazakii in Powdered Infant Formula]
Wei Sheng Wu Xue Bao = Acta Microbiologica Sinica. Mar, 2009 | Pubmed ID: 19623963
A loop-mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP) technology with two loop primers was developed for rapidly detecting Enterobacter sakazakii in powdered infant formula.
Frontiers in Bioscience : a Journal and Virtual Library. 2012 | Pubmed ID: 22201751
H1 linker histones play a key role in facilitating higher order chromatin folding. Emerging evidence suggests that H1 and its multiple variants are important epigenetic factors in modulating chromatin function and gene expression. Ovarian cancer is a devastating disease, ranking the fifth leading cause of all women cancer death due to its poor prognosis and difficulty in early diagnosis. Although epigenetic alterations in ovarian cancers are being appreciated in general, the role of H1 has not been explored. Here, using quantitative RT-PCR assays, we systematically examined the expression of 7 H1 genes in 33 human epithelial ovarian tumors. Whereas the expression of H1.3 was markedly increased, the expression of H10, H1.1, H1.4 and H1x were significantly reduced in malignant adenocarcinomas compared with benign adenomas. Strikingly, ovarian adenocarcinomas and adenomas exhibited characteristic expression patterns, and expression profiling of 7 H1 genes in tumor samples discriminated adenocarcinomas vs. adenomas with high accuracy. These findings indicate that the expression of H1 variants is exquisitely regulated and may serve as potential epigenetic biomarkers for ovarian cancer.