Professional Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University, BIO-PHD (2023)
  • PhD, Stanford University, Biology (2023)
  • MS, Seoul National University, Biochemistry (2012)
  • BS, Seoul National University, Plant Sciences (2008)

Stanford Advisors

All Publications

  • Antibody toolkit to investigate eEF1A methylation dynamics in mRNA translation elongation. The Journal of biological chemistry Mealey-Farr, R., Jeong, J., Park, J., Liu, S., Hausmann, S., Francis, J. W., Angulo Ibanez, M., Cho, J., Chua, K., Mazur, P. K., Gozani, O. 2023: 104747


    Protein synthesis is a fundamental step in gene expression, with modulation of mRNA translation at the elongation step emerging as an important regulatory node in shaping cellular proteomes. In this context, five distinct lysine methylation events on eEF1A (eukaryotic elongation factor 1A), a fundamental non-ribosomal elongation factor, are proposed to influence mRNA translation elongation dynamics. However, a lack of affinity tools has hindered progress in fully understanding how eEF1A lysine methylation impacts protein synthesis. Here we develop and characterize a suite of selective antibodies to investigate eEF1A methylation and provide evidence that methylation levels decline in aged tissue. Determination of the methyl state and stoichiometry on eEF1A in various cell lines by mass spectrometry shows modest cell-to-cell variability. We also find by Western blot analysis that knockdown of individual eEF1A-specific lysine methyltransferases (KMTs) leads to depletion of the cognate lysine methylation event and indicates active crosstalk between different sites. Further, we find that the antibodies are specific in immunohistochemistry (IHC) applications. Finally, application of the antibody toolkit suggests that several eEF1A methylation events decrease in aged muscle tissue. Together our study provides a roadmap for leveraging methyl state and sequence selective antibody reagents to accelerate discovery of eEF1A methylation-related functions and suggests a role for eEF1A methylation, via protein synthesis regulation, in aging biology.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.jbc.2023.104747

    View details for PubMedID 37094697