Li A Kung

Yale University, New Haven, CT, United States

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Publications (4)64.84 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: To further understand the roles of protein glycosylation in eukaryotes, we globally identified glycan-containing proteins in yeast. A fluorescent lectin binding assay was developed and used to screen protein microarrays containing over 5000 proteins purified from yeast. A total of 534 yeast proteins were identified that bound either Concanavalin A (ConA) or Wheat-Germ Agglutinin (WGA); 406 of them were novel. Among the novel glycoproteins, 45 were validated by mobility shift upon treatment with EndoH and PNGase F, thereby extending the number of validated yeast glycoproteins to 350. In addition to many components of the secretory pathway, we identified other types of proteins, such as transcription factors and mitochondrial proteins. To further explore the role of glycosylation in mitochondrial function, the localization of four mitochondrial proteins was examined in the presence and absence of tunicamycin, an inhibitor of N-linked protein glycosylation. For two proteins, localization to the mitochondria is diminished upon tunicamycin treatment, indicating that protein glycosylation is important for protein function. Overall, our studies greatly extend our understanding of protein glycosylation in eukaryotes through the cataloguing of glycoproteins, and describe a novel role for protein glycosylation in mitochondrial protein function and localization.
    Molecular Systems Biology 01/2009; 5:308. · 11.34 Impact Factor
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    Expert Review of Proteomics 01/2007; 3(6):565-7. · 3.90 Impact Factor
  • Li A Kung, Michael Snyder
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    ABSTRACT: Over the past 5 years, protein-chip technology has emerged as a useful tool for the study of many kinds of protein interactions and biochemical activities. The construction of Saccharomyces cerevisiae whole-proteome arrays has enabled further studies of such interactions in a proteome-wide context. Here, we explore some of the recent advances that have been made at the '-omic' level using protein microarrays.
    Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology 09/2006; 7(8):617-22. · 37.16 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Functional analysis of the proteome is an essential part of genomic research. To facilitate different proteomic approaches, a MORF (moveable ORF) library of 5854 yeast expression plasmids was constructed, each expressing a sequence-verified ORF as a C-terminal ORF fusion protein, under regulated control. Analysis of 5573 MORFs demonstrates that nearly all verified ORFs are expressed, suggests the authenticity of 48 ORFs characterized as dubious, and implicates specific processes including cytoskeletal organization and transcriptional control in growth inhibition caused by overexpression. Global analysis of glycosylated proteins identifies 109 new confirmed N-linked and 345 candidate glycoproteins, nearly doubling the known yeast glycome.
    Genes & Development 01/2006; 19(23):2816-26. · 12.44 Impact Factor