Rongsheng Jin

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Professor, Physiology & Biophysics
School of Medicine

Ph.D., Columbia University, 2003

Phone: (949) 824-6580

University of California, Irvine
Medical Sciences I, C-333
Mail Code: 4560
Irvine, CA 92697
Research Interests
Structure and function of bacterial toxins and receptors; synaptic proteins; protein complexes; protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions; X-ray crystallography; high-throughput screening
Academic Distinctions
Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, 2009

Young Investigators Grant, Human Frontier Science Program, 2011

Wonderful Original Work Award (Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute), 2012
Research Abstract
Our research group is dedicated to understand the molecular basis of human diseases using structural biology, which allows us to visualize how proteins function or malfunction at the atomic level. Our current research is focused on three areas: (1) exploring the molecular mechanisms underlying the toxic and therapeutic functions of botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), which will help to develop effective anti-BoNT strategies and improve clinical applications of BoNT; (2) characterizing the structures of Clostridium difficile (C. diff) toxins (TcdA and TcdB) and their interactions with host receptors, and understanding how they contribute to the disease of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) that tops the CDC’s list of urgent threats; (3) advancing mechanistic understanding of ion channels, receptors, and signaling molecules in the nervous system, which will facilitate the design and improvement of therapeutic agents for the treatment of some psychological and neurological disorders. We are also developing cutting-edge small molecule high-throughput screening (HTS) assays based on our understanding of the structure and function of these disease-related proteins, which may lead to novel chemical probes and/or drug candidates for basic research and therapeutic application.
Available Technologies
Lam, K. H., Guo, Z., Krez, N., Matsui, T., Perry, K., Weisemann, J., Rummel, A., Bowen, M. E. & Jin, R. A viral-fusion-peptide-like molecular switch drives membrane insertion of botulinum neurotoxin A1. Nat Commun 9, 5367 (2018) doi: 10.1038/s41467-018-07789-4.

Chen, P., Tao, L., Liu, Z., Dong, M. & Jin, R. Structural insight into Wnt signaling inhibition by Clostridium difficile toxin B. FEBS J (2018) doi: 10.1111/febs.14681.

Chen, P., Tao, L., Wang, T., Zhang, J., He, A., Lam, K. H., Liu, Z., He, X., Perry, K., Dong, M*. & Jin, R*. Structural basis for recognition of frizzled proteins by Clostridium difficile toxin B. Science 360, 664-669 (2018) (*corresponding authors) doi: 10.1126/science.aar1999. PMCID: PMC6231499

Lam, K. H., Sikorra, S., Weisemann, J., Maatsch, H., Perry, K., Rummel, A., Binz, T. & Jin, R. Structural and biochemical characterization of the protease domain of the mosaic botulinum neurotoxin type HA. Pathog Dis 76 (2018) doi: 10.1093/femspd/fty044. PMCID: PMC5961070

Silva, D. A., Stewart, L., Lam, K. H., Jin, R. & Baker, D. Structures and disulfide cross-linking of de novo designed therapeutic mini-proteins. FEBS J 285, 1783-1785 (2018) doi: 10.1111/febs.14394. PMCID: PMC6001749

Lam, K. H., Qi, R., Liu, S., Kroh, A., Yao, G., Perry, K., Rummel, A. & Jin, R. The hypothetical protein P47 of Clostridium botulinum E1 strain Beluga has a structural topology similar to bactericidal/permeability-increasing protein. Toxicon 147, 19-26 (2018) doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2017.10.012. PMCID: PMC5902665

Chevalier, A., Silva, D.A., Rocklin, G.J., Hicks, D.R., Vergara, R., Murapa, P., Bernard, S.M., Zhang, L., Lam, K.H., Yao, G., Bahl, C.D., Miyashita, S.I., Goreshnik, I., Fuller, J.T., Koday, M.T., Jenkins, C.M., Colvin, T., Carter, L., Bohn, A., Bryan, C.M., Fernández-Velasco, D.A., Stewart, L., Dong, M., Huang, X., Jin, R., Wilson, I.A., Fuller, D.H. & Baker, D. Massively parallel de novo protein design for targeted therapeutics. Nature 550(7674):74-79 (2017) doi: 10.1038/nature23912. PMCID: PMC5802399

Yao, G., Lam, K.H., Weisemann, J., Peng, L., Krez, N., Perry, K., Shoemaker, C.B., Dong, M., Rummel, A. & Jin, R. A camelid single-domain antibody neutralizes botulinum neurotoxin A by blocking host receptor binding. Sci Rep. 7;7(1):7438. (2017) doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-07457-5. PMCID: PMC5547058

Yao, G., Lam, K.H., Perry, K., Weisemann, J., Rummel, A. & Jin, R. Crystal Structure of the Receptor-Binding Domain of Botulinum Neurotoxin Type HA, Also Known as Type FA or H. Toxins (Basel) 9, 93 (2017) doi: 10.3390/toxins9030093. PMCID: PMC5371848

Yao, G., Zhang, S., Mahrhold, S., Lam, K. H., Stern, D., Bagramyan, K., Perry, K., Kalkum, M., Rummel, A.*, Dong, M.* & Jin, R.* N-linked glycosylation of SV2 is required for binding and uptake of botulinum neurotoxin A. Nat Struct Mol Biol 23 (7):656-662 (2016) (*corresponding authors) doi: 10.1038/nsmb.3245. PMCID: PMC5033645

Lee, K., Lam, K. H., Kruel, A. M., Mahrhold, S., Perry, K., Cheng, L. W., Rummel, A. & Jin, R. Inhibiting oral intoxication of botulinum neurotoxin A complex by carbohydrate receptor mimics. Toxicon 107, 43-49 (2015) doi: 10.1016/j.toxicon.2015.08.003. PMCID: PMC4658216

Lam, K.H. & Jin, R. Architecture of the botulinum neurotoxin complex: a molecular machine for protection and delivery. Current Opinion in Structural Biology 31:89-95 (2015) doi: 10.1016/ PMCID: PMC4476938

Lam, K.H., Yao, G. & Jin, R. Diverse binding modes, same goal: The receptor recognition mechanism of botulinum neurotoxin. Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology 117(2-3):225-31 (2015) doi: 10.1016/j.pbiomolbio.2015.02.004. PMCID: PMC4417461

Lam, T.I., Stanker, L.H., Lee, K., Jin, R. & Cheng, L.W. Translocation of botulinum neurotoxin serotype A and associated proteins across the intestinal epithelia. Cellular Microbiology 17(8):1133-1143 (2015) doi: 10.1111/cmi.12424. PMCID: PMC4610714

Matsui, T.*, Gu, S., Lam, K.H., Carter, L.G., Rummel, A., Mathews, II. & Jin, R.* Structural Basis of the pH-Dependent Assembly of a Botulinum Neurotoxin Complex. J. Mol. Biol. 426(22):3773-3782 (2014) doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2014.09.009. (*corresponding authors) PMCID: PMC4252799

Lee, K., Zhong, X., Gu, S., Kruel, A.M., Dorner, M.B., Perry, K., Rummel, A., Dong, M. & Jin, R. Molecular basis for disruption of E-cadherin adhesion by botulinum neurotoxin A complex. Science 344(6190):1405-1410 (2014) doi: 10.1126/science.1253823. PMCID: PMC4164303

Lee, K., Lam, K.H., Kruel, A.M., Perry, K., Rummel, A. and Jin, R. High-resolution crystal structure of HA33 of botulinum neurotoxin type B progenitor toxin complex. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun. 446(2):568-573 (2014) doi: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2014.03.008. PMCID: PMC4020412

Yao, Y., Lee, K., Gu, S., Lam, K.H. & Jin, R. Botulinum Neurotoxin A Complex Recognizes Host Carbohydrates through Its Hemagglutinin Component, Toxins (Basel) 6(2):624-635 (2014) doi: 10.3390/toxins6020624. PMCID: PMC3942755

Lee, K., Gu, S., Jin, L., Le, T.T.N., Cheng, L.W., Strotmeier, J., Kruel, A.M., Yao, G., Perry, K., Rummel, A.* & Jin, R.* Structure of a Bimodular Botulinum Neurotoxin Complex Provides Insights into Its Oral Toxicity. PLoS Pathog. 9(10): e1003690 (2013) doi:10.1371/journal.ppat.1003690. (*corresponding authors) PMCID: PMC3795040

Zong, Y. and Jin, R. Structural mechanisms of the agrin-LRP4-MuSK signaling pathway in neuromuscular junction differentiation. Cell. Mol. Life Sci. 70(17):3077-88 (2013) doi: 10.1007/s00018-012-1209-9. PMCID: PMC4627850

Gu, S. and Jin, R. Assembly and function of the botulinum neurotoxin progenitor complex. Curr. Top. Microbiol. Immunol. 364:21-44 (2013) doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-33570-9_2. PMCID: PMC3875173

Gu, S., Rumpel, S., Zhou, J., Strotmeier, J., Bigalke, H., Perry, K., Shoemaker, C.B., Rummel, A. & Jin, R. Botulinum neurotoxin is shielded by NTNHA in an interlocked complex. Science 335(6071):977-81 (2012) doi: 10.1126/science.1214270. PMCID: PMC3545708

Zong, Y., Zhang, B., Gu, S., Lee, K., Zhou, J., Yao, G., Figueiredo, D., Perry, K., Mei, L.* & Jin, R.* Structural basis of neuron-specific regulation of postsynaptic differentiation. Gene & Development 26:247-258 (2012) doi: 10.1101/gad.180885.111. (*corresponding authors) PMCID: PMC3278892

Yao, G., Zong, Y., Gu, S., Zhou, J., Xu, H., Mathews, II. & Jin, R. Crystal structure of the glutamate receptor GluA1 amino-terminal domain. Biochem. J. 438(2):255-63 (2011) doi: 10.1042/BJ20110801. PMCID: PMC3296483

Strotmeier, J., Gu, S., Jutzi, S., Mahrhold, S., Zhou, J., Pich, A., Eichner, T., Bigalke, H., Rummel, A.*, Jin, R.* & Binz, T*. The biological activity of botulinum neurotoxin type C is dependent upon novel types of ganglioside binding sites. Mol. Microbiol. 81(1):143-56 (2011) doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2958.2011.07682.x. Epub 2011 Jun 2. (*corresponding authors)

Strotmeier, J., Lee, K., Völker, A.K., Mahrhold, S., Zong, Y., Zeiser, J., Zhou, J., Pich, A., Bigalke, H., Binz, T., Rummel, A.* & Jin, R.* Botulinum neurotoxin serotype D attacks neurons via two carbohydrate-binding sites in a ganglioside-dependent manner. Biochem. J. 431(2):207-16 (2010) (*corresponding authors)

Jin, R.*, Singh, S.K., Gu, S., Furukawa, H., Sobolevsky, A.I., Zhou, J., Jin, Y. & Gouaux E.* Crystal structure and association behavior of the GluR2 amino-terminal domain. EMBO J. 28(12):1812-23 (2009) (*corresponding authors) PMCID: PMC2699365

Kumar, J., Schuck. P., Jin, R. & Mayer, M.L. The N-terminal domain of GluR6-subtype glutamate receptor ion channels. Nat. Struct. Mol. Biol. 16(6):631-8 (2009) PMCID: PMC2729365

Jin, R., Rummel, A., Binz, T. & Brunger, A.T. Botulinum neurotoxin B recognizes its protein receptor with high affinity and specificity. Nature 444:1092-5 (2006)

Jin, R., Clark, S., Weeks, A.M., Dudman, J.T., Gouaux, E. & Partin, K.M. Mechanism of positive allosteric modulators acting on AMPA receptors. J. Neurosci. 25(39):9027-36 (2005)

Jin, R., Junutula, J.R., Matern, H.T., Ervin, K.E., Scheller, R.H. & Brunger, A.T. Exo84 and Sec5 are competitive regulatory Sec6/8 effectors to the RalA GTPase. EMBO J. 24:2064-74 (2005)

Jin, R., Bank, T., Mayer, M. L., Traynelis, S. & Gouaux, E. Structural basis for partial agonist action at ionotropic glutamate receptors. Nat. Neurosci. 6(8):803-10 (2003)
Professional Societies
Society for Neuroscience
American Crystallographic Association
Biophysical Society
The Protein Society
International Society for Toxinology
Graduate Programs
Cellular and Molecular Biosciences

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

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