Fan Hao

Organic cation transporter 3 (Oct3) is a distinct catecholamines clearance route in adipocytes mediating the beiging of white adipose tissue

Published date : 17 Jan 2019

Beiging of white adipose tissue (WAT) is a particularly appealing target for therapeutics in the treatment of metabolic diseases through norepinephrine (NE)-mediated signaling pathways. Although previous studies report NE clearance mechanisms via SLC6A2 on sympathetic neurons or proinflammatory macrophages in adipose tissues (ATs), the low catecholamine clearance capacity of SLC6A2 may limit the cleaning efficiency.

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PLOS Biology, January 17 2019, doi: 10.1371/journal.pbio.2006571
Impact Factor
9.163

A dual substrate-accessing mechanism of a major facilitator superfamily protein facilitates lysophospholipid flipping across the cell membrane

Published date : 29 Oct 2018

Lysophospholipid transporter (LplT) is a member of the major facilitator superfamily (MFS) present in many Gram-negative bacteria. LplT catalyzes flipping of lysophospholipids (LPLs) across the bacterial inner membrane, playing an important role in bacterial membrane homeostasis. We previously reported that LplT promotes both uptake of exogenous LPLs and intramembranous LPL flipping across the bilayer.

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Journal of Biological Chemistry, 2018, October 29, doi: 10.1074/jbc.RA118.005548
Impact Factor
4.01

Identification of FDA-approved drugs as novel allosteric inhibitors of human executioner caspases

Published date : 14 Sep 2018

The regulation of apoptosis is a tightly-coordinated process and caspases are its chief regulators. Of special importance are the executioner caspases, caspase-3/7, the activation of which irreversibly sets the cell on the path of death. Dysregulation of apoptosis, particularly an increased rate of cell death lies at the root of numerous human diseases. Although several peptide-based inhibitors targeting the homologous active site region of caspases have been developed, owing to their non-specific activity and poor pharmacological properties their use has largely been restricted.

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Proteins: Structure, Function and Bioinformatics, 2018 Sep 8. doi: 10.1002/prot.25601
Impact Factor
2.274

Structures of the Human PGD2 Receptor CRTH2 Reveal Novel Mechanisms for Ligand Recognition

Published date : 13 Sep 2018

The signaling of prostaglandin D 2 (PGD 2) through G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) CRTH2 is a major pathway in type 2 inflammation. Compelling evidence suggests the therapeutic benefits of blocking CRTH2 signaling in many inflammatory disorders. Currently, a number of CRTH2 antagonists are under clinical investigation, and one compound, fevipiprant, has advanced to phase 3 clinical trials for asthma. Here, we present the crystal structures of human CRTH2 with two antagonists, fevipiprant and CAY10471.

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Molecular Cell, 2018, doi: 10.1016/j.molcel.2018.08.009
Impact Factor
14.428

Oncogenic activation of STAT3 pathway drives PD-L1 expression in natural killer/T cell lymphoma

Published date : 27 Jul 2018

Mature T-cell lymphomas, including peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) and extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma (NKTL), represent a heterogeneous group of non-Hodgkin lymphomas with dismal outcomes and limited treatment options. To determine the extent of involvement of JAK/STAT pathway in this malignancy, we performed targeted capture sequencing of 188 genes in this pathway in 171 PTCL and NKTL cases. A total of 272 non-synonymous somatic mutations in 101 genes were identified in 73% of the samples, including 258 single nucleotide variants and 14 insertions or deletions.

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Blood 2018 Jul 27, doi: 10.1182/blood-2018-01-829424
Impact Factor
15.132

A benchmarking study on virtual ligand screening against homology models of human GPCRs

Published date : 27 Jul 2018

G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) is an important target class of proteins for drug discovery, with over 27% of FDA-approved drugs targeting GPCRs. However, being a membrane protein, it is difficult to obtain the 3D crystal structures of GPCRs for virtual screening of ligands by molecular docking. Thus, we evaluated the virtual screening performance of homology models of human GPCRs with respect to the corresponding crystal structures.

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Proteins: Structure, Function, and Bioinformatics, 2018 Jul 27, doi: 10.1002/prot.25533
Impact Factor
2.274

Homozygous mutation in MFSD2A, encoding a lysolipid transporter for docosahexanoic acid, is associated with microcephaly and hypomyelination

Published date : 24 Jul 2018

The major facilitator superfamily domain-containing protein 2A (MFSD2A) is a constituent of the blood-brain barrier and functions to transport lysophosphatidylcholines (LPCs) into the central nervous system. LPCs such as that derived from docosahexanoic acid (DHA) are indispensable to neurogenesis and maintenance of neurons, yet cannot be synthesized within the brain and are dependent on MFSD2A for brain uptake. Recent studies have implicated MFSD2A mutations in lethal and non-lethal microcephaly syndromes, with the severity correlating to the residual activity of the transporter.

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Neurogenetics 2018 Jul 24. doi: 10.1007/s10048-018-0556-6
Impact Factor
3.09

Calmidazolium Chloride and Its Complex with Serum Albumin Prevent Huntingtin Exon1 Aggregation

Published date : 06 Jul 2018

Huntington's disease (HD) is a genetic disorder caused by a CAG expansion mutation in Huntingtin gene leading to polyglutamine (polyQ) expansion in the N-terminus side of Huntingtin (Httex1) protein. Neurodegeneration in HD is linked to aggregates formed by Httex1 bearing expanded polyQ. Initiation and elongation steps of Httex1 aggregation are potential target steps for the discovery of therapeutic molecules, for yet untreatable and cruel, HD. Here we report Httex1 aggregation inhibition by calmidazolium chloride (CLC) by acting on the initial aggregation event.

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Molecular Pharmaceutics, 2018, Aug 6, 15 (8), pp 3356–3368, doi:10.1021/acs.molpharmaceut.8b00380


Impact Factor
4.556

Orthosteric and allosteric action of the C5a receptor antagonists

Published date : 11 Jun 2018

The C5a receptor (C5aR) is a G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) that can induce strong inflammatory response to the anaphylatoxin C5a. Targeting C5aR has emerged as a novel anti-inflammatory therapeutic method. However, developing potent C5aR antagonists as drugs has proven difficult. Here, we report two crystal structures of human C5aR in ternary complexes with the peptide antagonist PMX53 and a non-peptide antagonist, either avacopan or NDT9513727.

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Natural Structural & Molecular Biology, Vol 25, June 2018, Pg 472-481, doi:10.1038/s41594-018-0067-z
Impact Factor
12.595