Prof. Yusong Guo and his collaborators, Prof. Liwen Jiang at the Chinese University of Hong Kong and Prof. Yan Yan at LIFS of HKUST, have discovered a novel molecular mechanism that controls the delivery of a key protein in PCP. Their findings, published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, can provide useful guidance on the development of new drugs for cancer treatment.
A research team led by Prof. Tuan Anh NGUYEN, Assistant Professor in the Division of Life Science at HKUST, recently discovered how RNA elements in the upper stem of pri-mRNAs affect the action of Microprocessor.
Prof. Mingjie Zhang published in Cell Reports that a point mutation of Myo7a (Myosin VIIa) found in Usher syndrome patients leads to disruption of the hair cell tip-link protein complex formation through liquid-liquid phase separation.
Prof. Mingjie Zhang and his collaborators decoded the binding mechanisms governing the WW domain tandem-containing proteins. Their findings, published in eLife, reveal the recognition mechanisms of tandem WW domains with their peptide ligands which can serve as a guiding tool for functional studies of WW domain-containing proteins in the future.
Prof. Mingjie Zhang and his team reported that stargazin uses its entire C-terminal tail bind PSD-95 via a specific and multivalent interaction mode. Their findings, published in Neuron, reveal the mechanism of AMPA receptor synaptic trafficking and transmission at the neuronal synapses.
Prof. Mingjie Zhang and his collaborators Prof. Ming from the University of Pennsylvania reported a DISC1 and ATF4 interaction in iPSC-derived neurons with a DISC1 mutation. Their findings, published in Molecular Psychiatry, reveal the underlying mechanisms linking the genetic lesion and functional phenotypes of psychiatric disorders.
Prof. Yusong Guo and his collaborators reported that the endoplasmic reticulum fusogen atlastin was involved in regulating cargo mobility and COPII formation in the ER. Their finding, published in PNAS on June 25, provides important insight into the physiological role of the tubular ER network.
Dr. Zilong Wen’s laboratory has recently identified a myeloid-like cell population in zebrafish epidermis. This newly identified myeloid-like cell population, designated as metaphocytes, are of ectodermal origin but shares high similarities with mesoderm-derived conventional macrophages in the skin.
A research team consisting of scientists from the HKUST, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Jinan University discovered a new mechanism that could delay the degeneration of injured nerves, bringing new hope to the treatment of nerve damage and neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).