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 synaptic proteins; neurotoxins and receptors; protein complexes; protein-protein and protein-ligand interactions; X-ray crystallography
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 focuses on the structure and function of botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs), which are among the most poisonous substances known to man. BoNTs therefore represent a major bioterrorist threat. Paradoxically, BoNT-containing medicines and cosmetics have been used with great success in clinic. Both the toxic and therapeutic functions of BoNTs indeed rely on a common mechanism to enter neurons, cleave proteins that mediate release of key neurotransmitters, and subsequently paralyze the affected muscles. We are trying to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying the BoNT-host interplay during the course of intoxication. These studies will guide the development of effective anti-BoNT strategies, will help improve clinical efficacy of BoNT-containing drugs, and will suggest novel applications for BoNT.

A second area of our research concerns the structural and functional characterization of ion channels, receptors, and signaling molecules in the nervous system. The brain is a massive network of electrically active cells (neurons) that communicate with each other by signal transmission at specialized intercellular junctions called synapses. We are interested in mechanisms of synapse formation, neurotransmission, and synaptic plasticity. These studies will facilitate the design and improvement of therapeutic agents for the treatment of psychological and neurological disorders.
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.

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. (*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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