1. Structure of the NS3 helicase from Zika virus.

    Nature Structural & Molecular Biology 23(8):752 (2016) PMID 27399257

    Zika virus has emerged as a pathogen of major health concern. Here, we present a high-resolution (1.62-Å) crystal structure of the RNA helicase from the French Polynesia strain. The structure is similar to that of the RNA helicase from Dengue virus, with variability in the conformations of loops...
  2. A Small Molecule RAS-Mimetic Disrupts RAS Association with Effector Proteins to Block Signaling.

    Cell 165(3):643 (2016) PMID 27104980

    Oncogenic activation of RAS genes via point mutations occurs in 20%-30% of human cancers. The development of effective RAS inhibitors has been challenging, necessitating new approaches to inhibit this oncogenic protein. Functional studies have shown that the switch region of RAS interacts with a...
  3. Structure of Type IIL Restriction-Modification Enzyme MmeI in Complex with DNA Has Implications for Engineering New Specificities.

    PLoS Biology 14(4):e1002442 (2016) PMID 27082731 PMCID PMC4833311

    The creation of restriction enzymes with programmable DNA-binding and -cleavage specificities has long been a goal of modern biology. The recently discovered Type IIL MmeI family of restriction-and-modification (RM) enzymes that possess a shared target recognition domain provides a framework for...
  4. Discovery of 2-(1H-indol-5-ylamino)-6-(2,4-difluorophenylsulfonyl)-8-methylpyrido[2,3-d]pyrimidin-7(8H)-one (7ao) as a potent selective inhibitor of Polo like kinase 2 (PLK2).

    Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry 24(4):521 (2016) PMID 26762835

    Several families of protein kinases have been shown to play a critical role in the regulation of cell cycle progression, particularly progression through mitosis. These kinase families include the Aurora kinases, the Mps1 gene product and the Polo Like family of protein kinases (PLKs). The PLK f...
  5. Human DNA polymerase α in binary complex with a DNA:DNA template-primer.

    Scientific reports 6:23784 (2016) PMID 27032819 PMCID PMC4817131

    The Polα/primase complex assembles the short RNA-DNA fragments for priming of lagging and leading strand DNA replication in eukaryotes. As such, the Polα polymerase subunit encounters two types of substrates during primer synthesis: an RNA:DNA helix and a DNA:DNA helix. The engagement of the pol...
  6. An Inhibitor of PIDDosome Formation.

    Molecular Cell 58(5):767 (2015) PMID 25936804 PMCID PMC4458193

    The PIDDosome-PIDD-RAIDD-caspase-2 complex-is a proapoptotic caspase-activation platform of elusive significance. DNA damage can initiate complex assembly via ATM phosphorylation of the PIDD death domain (DD), which enables RAIDD recruitment to PIDD. In contrast, the mechanisms limiting PIDDosom...
  7. Phosphatidylinositol 4,5-bisphosphate clusters the cell adhesion molecule CD44 and assembles a specific CD44-Ezrin heterocomplex, as revealed by small angle neutron scattering.

    Journal of Biological Chemistry 290(10):6639 (2015) PMID 25572402 PMCID PMC4358296

    The cell adhesion molecule CD44 regulates diverse cellular functions, including cell-cell and cell-matrix interaction, cell motility, migration, differentiation, and growth. In cells, CD44 co-localizes with the membrane-cytoskeleton adapter protein Ezrin that links the CD44 assembled receptor si...
  8. Ligand-dependent enhancer activation regulated by topoisomerase-I activity.

    Cell 160(3):367 (2015) PMID 25619691 PMCID PMC4422651

    The discovery that enhancers are regulated transcription units, encoding eRNAs, has raised new questions about the mechanisms of their activation. Here, we report an unexpected molecular mechanism that underlies ligand-dependent enhancer activation, based on DNA nicking to relieve torsional stre...
  9. Structural basis of asymmetric DNA methylation and ATP-triggered long-range diffusion by EcoP15I.

    Nature Communications 6:7363 (2015) PMID 26067164 PMCID PMC4490356

    Type III R-M enzymes were identified >40 years ago and yet there is no structural information on these multisubunit enzymes. Here we report the structure of a Type III R-M system, consisting of the entire EcoP15I complex (Mod2Res1) bound to DNA. The structure suggests how ATP hydrolysis is coupl...
  10. Bisphosphonates inactivate human EGFRs to exert antitumor actions.

    PNAS 111(50):17989 (2014) PMID 25453081 PMCID PMC4273397

    Bisphosphonates are the most commonly prescribed medicines for osteoporosis and skeletal metastases. The drugs have also been shown to reduce cancer progression, but only in certain patient subgroups, suggesting that there is a molecular entity that mediates bisphosphonate action on tumor cells....
  11. Repurposing of bisphosphonates for the prevention and therapy of nonsmall cell lung and breast cancer.

    PNAS 111(50):17995 (2014) PMID 25453078 PMCID PMC4273392

    A variety of human cancers, including nonsmall cell lung (NSCLC), breast, and colon cancers, are driven by the human epidermal growth factor receptor (HER) family of receptor tyrosine kinases. Having shown that bisphosphonates, a class of drugs used widely for the therapy of osteoporosis and met...
  12. An iron-sulfur cluster in the polymerase domain of yeast DNA polymerase ε.

    Journal of Molecular Biology 426(2):301 (2014) PMID 24144619 PMCID PMC4061903

    DNA polymerase ε (Polε) is a multi-subunit polymerase that contributes to genomic stability via its roles in leading strand replication and the repair of damaged DNA. Polε from Saccharomyces cerevisiae is composed of four subunits--Pol2, Dpb2, Dpb3, and Dpb4. Here, we report the presence of a [F...
  13. Crystal structure of yeast DNA polymerase ε catalytic domain.

    PLoS ONE 9(4):e94835 (2014) PMID 24733111 PMCID PMC3986358

    DNA polymerase ε (Polε) is a multi-subunit polymerase that contributes to genomic stability via its roles in leading strand replication and the repair of damaged DNA. Here we report the ternary structure of the Polε catalytic subunit (Pol2) bound to a nascent G:C base pair (Pol2G:C). Pol2G:C has...
  14. The architecture of yeast DNA polymerase ζ.

    Cell Reports 5(1):79 (2013) PMID 24120860 PMCID PMC3883112

    DNA polymerase ζ (Polζ) is specialized for the extension step of translesion DNA synthesis (TLS). Despite its central role in maintaining genome integrity, little is known about its overall architecture. Initially identified as a heterodimer of the catalytic subunit Rev3 and the accessory subuni...
  15. Structural basis of DNA ligase IV-Artemis interaction in nonhomologous end-joining.

    Cell Reports 2(6):1505 (2012) PMID 23219551 PMCID PMC3538150

    DNA ligase IV (LigIV) and Artemis are central components of the nonhomologous end-joining (NHEJ) machinery that is required for V(D)J recombination and the maintenance of genomic integrity in mammalian cells. We report here crystal structures of the LigIV DNA binding domain (DBD) in both its apo...
  16. Structural insights into the assembly and shape of Type III restriction-modification (R-M) EcoP15I complex by small-angle X-ray scattering.

    Journal of Molecular Biology 420(4-5):261 (2012) PMID 22560991 PMCID PMC3807213

    EcoP15I is the prototype of the Type III restriction enzyme family, composed of two modification (Mod) subunits to which two (or one) restriction (Res) subunits are then added. The Mod subunits are responsible for DNA recognition and methylation, while the Res subunits are responsible for ATP hy...
  17. Structural basis for cisplatin DNA damage tolerance by human polymerase η during cancer chemotherapy.

    Nature Structural & Molecular Biology 19(6):628 (2012) PMID 22562137 PMCID PMC3502009

    A major clinical problem in the use of cisplatin to treat cancers is tumor resistance. DNA polymerase η (Pol-η) is a crucial polymerase that allows cancer cells to cope with the cisplatin-DNA adducts that are formed during chemotherapy. We present here a structure of human Pol-η inserting deoxyc...
  18. Artemis C-terminal region facilitates V(D)J recombination through its interactions with DNA Ligase IV and DNA-PKcs.

    Journal of Experimental Medicine 209(5):955 (2012) PMID 22529269 PMCID PMC3348108

    Artemis is an endonuclease that opens coding hairpin ends during V(D)J recombination and has critical roles in postirradiation cell survival. A direct role for the C-terminal region of Artemis in V(D)J recombination has not been defined, despite the presence of immunodeficiency and lymphoma deve...
  19. The ins and outs of bcr-abl inhibition.

    Genes & Cancer 3(5-6):447 (2012) PMID 23226582 PMCID PMC3513788

    The development of inhibitors against Abl has changed the landscape for the treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) and cancer in general. Beginning with the monumental discovery and approval of imatinib for CML, a second generation of inhibitors, nilotinib and dasatinib, has now gained ...
  20. Human DNA polymerase η is pre-aligned for dNTP binding and catalysis.

    Journal of Molecular Biology 415(4):627 (2012) PMID 22154937 PMCID PMC3265613

    Pre-steady-state kinetic studies on Y-family DNA polymerase η (Polη) have suggested that the polymerase undergoes a rate-limiting conformational change step before the phosphoryl transfer of the incoming nucleotide to the primer terminus. However, the nature of this rate-limiting conformational ...