Zefang Wang

Zefang Wang
NYU Langone Medical Center | NYUMC · Department of Cell Biology

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The process of recycling poly(ethylene terephthalate) (PET) remains a major challenge due to the enzymatic degradation of high-crystallinity PET (hcPET). Recently, a bacterial PET-degrading enzyme, PETase, was found to have the ability to degrade the hcPET, but with low enzymatic activity. Here we present an engineered whole-cell biocatalyst to sim...
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Cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI) results when Wolbachia bacteria-infected male insects mate with uninfected females, leading to embryonic lethality. “Rescue” of viability occurs if the female harbors the same Wolbachia strain. CI is caused by linked pairs of Wolbachia genes called CI factors (CifA and CifB). The co-evolution of CifA-CifB pairs may...
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The existing zoonotic coronaviruses (CoVs) and viral genetic variants are important microbiological pathogens that cause severe disease in humans and animals. Currently, no effective broad-spectrum antiviral drugs against existing and emerging CoVs are available. The CoV main protease (Mpro) plays an essential role in viral replication, making it a...
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Significance Mosquito-borne diseases cause more than 700,000 deaths annually. Wolbachia pipientis , an intracellular bacterium infecting many insect species, can manipulate host reproduction through cytoplasmic incompatibility (CI) and is being used in several promising strategies for controlling mosquito populations and reducing the spread of mosq...
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The development of rapid and efficient tools to modulate neurons is vital for the treatment of nervous system diseases. Here, a novel non-invasive neurite outgrowth modulation method based on a controllable acoustic streaming effect induced by an electromechanical gigahertz resonator microchip is reported. The results demonstrate that the gigahertz...
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The important role of BV in clinical diagnostics of liver-related diseases has been established in veterinary medicine. However, the sensitivity and selectivity of the current BV assays remain relatively low compromising its wider application in clinical diagnosis. Herein, we developed a rapid and sensitive BV-detecting biosensor based on a novel f...
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Significance Guanylate-binding proteins (GBPs) belong to interferon-inducible GTPases and mediate a broad spectrum of innate immune responses against various pathogens. Their protective functions require oligomerization induced by nucleotide binding and/or catalysis, but the actual molecular mechanisms are still elusive. Here, we report the crystal...
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Enzymatic hydrolysis of polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is considered to be an environmentally friendly method for the recycling of plastic waste. Recently, a bacterial enzyme named IsPETase was found in Ideonella sakaiensis with the ability to degrade amorphous PET at ambient temperature suggesting its possible use in recycling of PET. However, a...
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Tick-borne encephalitis virus (TBEV) is a positive-sense single-stranded RNA virus belonging to the genus Flavivirus in Flaviviridae. It can cause the server infectious diseases named tick-borne encephalitis (TBE), which is characterized by paralysis and epilepsy. However, no effective treatment for TBE has been developed targeting TBEV. The NS3 he...
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In article number 2000364 by Yanyan Wang, Zefang Wang, and co‐workers, an ultrasensitive and rapid thrombin biosensor is developed based on rationally designed trifunctional protein HTs, comprising three functional units, including a far‐red fluorescent protein smURFP, hydrophobin HGFI, and a thrombin cleavage site (TCS). smURFP is used as a detect...
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Rapid and sensitive detection of thrombin is imperative for the early diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of thrombin‐related diseases. Here, an ultrasensitive and rapid thrombin biosensor is developed based on rationally designed trifunctional protein HTs, comprising three functional units, including a far‐red fluorescent protein smURFP, hydropho...
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Hydrophobins are small, secreted amphiphilic proteins produced by filamentous fungi. Due to their charming ability to self-assemble at different interfaces, several efforts have been made in recent years to produce hydrophobins at a large scale for industrial applications. However, producing soluble and functional hydrophobins in bacterial expressi...
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Ninhydrin-based fluorometric quantification of phenylalanine is one of the most widely used methods for hyperphenylalaninemia (HPA) screening in neonates due to its high sensitivity, high accuracy, and low cost. Here we report an increase of false positive cases in neonatal HPA screening with this method, caused by contamination of blood specimen c...
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Polyethylene terephthalate (PET) is one of the most widely used plastics in the world. Accumulation of the discarded PET in the environment is creating a global environmental problem. Recently, a bacterial enzyme named PETase was found to have the novel ability to degrade the highly crystallized PET. However, the enzymatic activity of native PETase...
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Film bulk acoustic wave resonators have demonstrated great potential in the detection of volatile organic compounds owing to their high sensitivity, miniature size, low power consumption, capacity for integration, and other beneficial characteristics. However, it is necessary to functionalize the surfaces of these resonators to enhance the adsorpti...
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Mouse hepatitis virus A59 (MHV-A59) is a representative member of the genus betacoronavirus within the subfamily Coronavirinae, which infects the liver, brain and respiratory tract. Through different inoculation routes, MHV-A59 can provide animal models for encephalitis, hepatitis and pneumonia to explore viral life machinery and virus-host interac...
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Hierarchical assemblies of nanomaterial superstructures with controlled orientation affords a multitude of novel properties of plasmonics and broad applications. Yet constructing multi-functional superstructures with nanoparticles positioned in desired locations remains challenging. Herein, gold nanorods (GNRs) assembled in stripe patterns with con...
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A novel fluorescent probe was constructed by the self-assembly of monosubstituted BODIPY and a novel targeted hydrophobin named hereafter as HFBI-RGD.
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During its life cycle, Zika virus (ZIKV), an arthropod-borne flavivirus that is associated with Guillain-Barré syndrome and causes microencephaly in fetuses and newborn children, encodes a critical and indispensable helicase domain that has 5'-triphosphatase activity and performs ATP hydrolysis to generate energy and thus, sustains unwinding of dou...
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Low water solubility and poor selectivity are two fundamental limitations that compromise applications of near-infrared (NIR) fluorescent probes. Methods: Here, a simple strategy that can resolve these problems simultaneously was developed by using a novel hybrid protein named RGD-HFBI that is produced by fusion of hydrophobin HFBI and arginine-gly...
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The worldwide outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003 had caused a high rate of mortality. Main protease (Mpro) of SARS-associated coronavirus (SARS-CoV) is an important target to discover pharmaceutical compounds for the therapy of this life-threatening disease. During the course of screening new anti-SARS agents, we have iden...
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In article number 1602962, Xuexin Duan and co-workers, explore a novel chemical-free cell poration method – “hypersonic poration”, which is developed to improve the cellular uptake, especially nucleus uptake, using a designed piezoelectric nanoelectromechanical resonator. The hypersound has a typical frequency larger than GHz, which can directly in...
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Type I interferon (IFN) serves as the first line of defense against invading pathogens. Inhibition of IFN-triggered signaling cascade by Zika virus (ZIKV) plays a critical role for ZIKV to evade antiviral responses from host cells. Here we demonstrate that ZIKV nonstructural proteins NS1, NS4B and NS2B3 inhibit the induction of IFN and downstream I...
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An unprecedented epidemic of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection had spread to South and Central America. ZIKV infection was recently confirmed by CDC (the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) to cause neonatal microcephaly, which posed a significant public health emergency of international concern. No specific vaccines or drugs are currently availa...
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Efficient delivery of genes and therapeutic agents to the interior of the cell is critical for modern biotechnology. Herein, a new type of chemical-free cell poration method— hypersonic poration—is developed to improve the cellular uptake, especially the nucleus uptake. The hypersound (≈GHz) is generated by a designed piezoelectric nano-electromech...
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A novel one-step strategy to exfoliate and functionalize two dimensional layered materials (2DLM) is described to promote the production and performance of the 2DLM for bio-related and molecule adsorption based practical applications. This method applies sonication to the 2DLM dissolved in the aqueous solution of hydrophobin protein, during which p...
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An outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection has been reported in South and Central America and the Caribbean. Neonatal microcephaly potentially associated with ZIKV infection has already caused a public health emergency of international concern. Currently, there are no clinically effective vaccines or antiviral drugs available to treat ZIKV infectio...
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The recent explosive outbreak of Zika virus (ZIKV) infection has been reported in South and Central America and the Caribbean. Neonatal microcephaly associated with ZIKV infection has already caused a public health emergency of international concern. No specific vaccines or drugs are currently available to treat ZIKV infection. The ZIKV helicase, w...
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Low water solubility and poor membrane permeability are major disadvantages that compromise applications of most fluorescent dyes. To resolve these problems, herein, using Boron-dipyrromethene (BODIPY) as a model fluorescent dye, for the first time, we provide a new strategy for the rapid and efficient production of a water-soluble and membrane-per...
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Porcine epidemic diarrhea virus (PEDV) mainly infects neonatal pigs, resulting in significant morbidity and mortality. Owing to problems such as long periods of virus shedding, existing vaccines cannot provide complete protection from PEDV infection. The PEDV genome encodes two polyprotein precursors required for genome replication and transcriptio...
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Human blood outgrowth endothelial cells (HBOECs)-specific binding peptide, TPSLEQRTVYAK (TPS), was proposed to be applied on autologous cell therapy for treating cardiovascular diseases. Hydrophobins, as a family of self-assembly proteins originated from fungi, have demonstrated unique characteristics to modulate surface properties of other materia...
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The apical surface of mammalian bladder urothelium is covered by large (500-1000 nm) two-dimensional (2D) crystals of hexagonally packed 16-nm uroplakin particles (urothelial plaques), which play a role in permeability barrier function and uropathogenic bacterial binding. How the uroplakin proteins are delivered to the luminal surface is unknown. W...
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Herein we reported that a hydrophobin film was used as a solid support on the polystyrene surface for immobilizing antibodies in the time-resolved immunofluorometric assay (TR-IFMA). Quartz crystal microbalance with dissipative monitoring (QCM-D), X-ray photoelectron spectroscopy (XPS) and water contact angle (WCA) measurements, as well as atomic f...
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Hydrophilicity improvement and bioactive surface design of poly(ɛ-caprolactone) (PCL) grafts are of key importance for their application in tissue engineering. Herein, we develop a convenient approach for achieving stable hydrophilic surfaces by modifying electrospun PCL grafts with a class II hydrophobin (HFBI) coating. Static water contact angles...
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Hydrophobins are small secreted proteins produced by filamentous fungi, which can form an amphipathic membrane at various surfaces. Hydrophobins have been considered as excellent substrates for protein immobilization. However, the driven force for protein adsorption on hydrophobin surface is not clear. In this work, we systematically investigated t...
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Hydrophobins are amphiphilic proteins with high surface activity, which can readily adsorb on interfacial surfaces, especially on hydrophobic surfaces. Based on their properties, we used the class I hydrophobin isolated from Grifola frondosa (HGFI) to disperse multi-walled carbon nanotubes (MWCNTs) in water. MWCNTs could be effectively dispersed by...
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Hydrophobins are small fungal proteins that self-assemble spontaneously at hydrophilic-hydrophobic interfaces and change the polar nature of the surfaces to which they attach. A new hydrophobin gene hgfI was identified recently from the edible mushroom Grifola frondosa. In this paper, the cloning, expression, purification, and polyclonal antibody p...
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Hydrophobins are adhesive proteins produced by filamentous fungi. They are in many cases secreted into the medium and adsorb readily to a number of different surfaces. They fulfill many different tasks such as the formation of various coatings and mediating adhesion of fungi to surfaces. The mechanism of how hydrophobins adhere and how they mediate...
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Hydrophobins are small secreted proteins produced by filamentous fungi. Being amphipathic and self-assembling, hydrophobins have drawn great attention since their discovery. The increase of production can reduce the cost and open up several new applications of hydrophobins. We successfully expressed recombinant Class I hydrophobin HGFI (rHGFI) by u...
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Hydrophobins are a group of low-molecular-mass, cysteine-rich proteins that have unusual biophysical properties. They are highly surface-active and can self-assemble at hydrophobic-hydrophilic interfaces, forming surface layers that are able to reverse the hydropathy of surfaces. Here we describe a novel hydrophobin from the edible mushroom Grifola...

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