Professional Education


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Cornell University (2016)
  • Bachelor of Science, Peking University (2016)

Stanford Advisors


All Publications


  • ESCRT-III activation by parallel action of ESCRT-I/II and ESCRT-0/Bro1 during MVB biogenesis ELIFE Tang, S., Buchkovich, N. J., Henne, W. M., Banjade, S., Kim, Y. J., Emr, S. D. 2016; 5

    Abstract

    The endosomal sorting complexes required for transport (ESCRT) pathway facilitates multiple fundamental membrane remodeling events. Previously, we determined X-ray crystal structures of ESCRT-III subunit Snf7, the yeast CHMP4 ortholog, in its active and polymeric state (Tang et al., 2015). However, how ESCRT-III activation is coordinated by the upstream ESCRT components at endosomes remains unclear. Here, we provide a molecular explanation for the functional divergence of structurally similar ESCRT-III subunits. We characterize novel mutations in ESCRT-III Snf7 that trigger activation, and identify a novel role of Bro1, the yeast ALIX ortholog, in Snf7 assembly. We show that upstream ESCRTs regulate Snf7 activation at both its N-terminal core domain and the C-terminus α6 helix through two parallel ubiquitin-dependent pathways: the ESCRT-I-ESCRT-II-Vps20 pathway and the ESCRT-0-Bro1 pathway. We therefore provide an enhanced understanding for the activation of the spatially unique ESCRT-III-mediated membrane remodeling.

    View details for DOI 10.7554/eLife.15507

    View details for Web of Science ID 000376391800001

    View details for PubMedID 27074665

  • Structural basis for activation, assembly and membrane binding of ESCRT-III Snf7 filaments ELIFE Tang, S., Henne, W. M., Borbat, P. P., Buchkovich, N. J., Freed, J. H., Mao, Y., Fromme, J. C., Emr, S. D. 2015; 4

    Abstract

    The endosomal sorting complexes required for transport (ESCRTs) constitute hetero-oligomeric machines that catalyze multiple topologically similar membrane-remodeling processes. Although ESCRT-III subunits polymerize into spirals, how individual ESCRT-III subunits are activated and assembled together into a membrane-deforming filament remains unknown. Here, we determine X-ray crystal structures of the most abundant ESCRT-III subunit Snf7 in its active conformation. Using pulsed dipolar electron spin resonance spectroscopy (PDS), we show that Snf7 activation requires a prominent conformational rearrangement to expose protein-membrane and protein-protein interfaces. This promotes the assembly of Snf7 arrays with ~30 Å periodicity into a membrane-sculpting filament. Using a combination of biochemical and genetic approaches, both in vitro and in vivo, we demonstrate that mutations on these protein interfaces halt Snf7 assembly and block ESCRT function. The architecture of the activated and membrane-bound Snf7 polymer provides crucial insights into the spatially unique ESCRT-III-mediated membrane remodeling.

    View details for DOI 10.7554/eLife.12548

    View details for Web of Science ID 000374007500001

    View details for PubMedID 26670543

  • Vesicular stomatitis virus expressing interferon-beta is oncolytic and promotes antitumor immune responses in a syngeneic murine model of non-small cell lung cancer ONCOTARGET Patel, M. R., Jacobson, B. A., Ji, Y., Drees, J., Tang, S., Xiong, K., Wang, H., Prigge, J. E., Dash, A. S., Kratzke, A., Mesev, E., Etchison, R., Federspiel, M. J., Russell, S. J., Kratzke, R. A. 2015; 6 (32): 33165-33177

    Abstract

    Vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) is a potent oncolytic virus for many tumors. VSV that produces interferon-β (VSV-IFNβ) is now in early clinical testing for solid tumors. Here, the preclinical activity of VSV and VSV-IFNβ against non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is reported. NSCLC cell lines were treated in vitro with VSV expressing green fluorescence protein (VSV-GFP) and VSV-IFNβ. VSV-GFP and VSV-IFNβ were active against NSCLC cells. JAK/STAT inhibition with ruxolitinib re-sensitized resistant H838 cells to VSV-IFNβ mediated oncolysis. Intratumoral injections of VSV-GFP and VSV-IFNβ reduced tumor growth and weight in H2009 nude mouse xenografts (p < 0.01). A similar trend was observed in A549 xenografts. Syngeneic LM2 lung tumors grown in flanks of A/J mice were injected with VSV-IFNβ intratumorally. Treatment of LM2 tumors with VSV-IFNβ resulted in tumor regression, prolonged survival (p < 0.0001), and cure of 30% of mice. Intratumoral injection of VSV-IFNβ resulted in decreased tumor-infiltrating regulatory T cells (Treg) and increased CD8+ T cells. Tumor cell expression of PDL-1 was increased after VSV-IFNβ treatment. VSV-IFNβ has potent antitumor effects and promotes systemic antitumor immunity. These data support further clinical investigation of VSV-IFNβ for NSCLC.

    View details for DOI 10.18632/oncotarget.5320

    View details for Web of Science ID 000363186600080

    View details for PubMedID 26431376

  • Triptolide and its prodrug minnelide suppress Hsp70 and inhibit in vivo growth in a xenograft model of mesothelioma. Genes & cancer Jacobson, B. A., Chen, E. Z., Tang, S., Belgum, H. S., McCauley, J. A., Evenson, K. A., Etchison, R. G., Jay-Dixon, J., Patel, M. R., Raza, A., Saluja, A. K., D'Cunha, J., Kratzke, R. A. 2015; 6 (3-4): 144-152

    Abstract

    Malignant mesothelioma is a devastating disease with a poor prognosis for which there is a clear need for more successful therapeutic approaches. Triptolide, a diterpenoid triepoxide, is a highly effective agent against several cancer types in animal models. Owing to triptolide's poor solubility in water, a water-soluble analog, minnelide, was synthesized. Minnelide is a prodrug of triptolide and is activated by exposure to phosphatases that are found in all body tissues, including blood. Mesothelioma cells were treated in vitro with minnelide or its parent compound, triptolide. Minnelide and triptolide were both found to significantly reduce mesothelioma cell viability and induce apoptosis. The level of Hsp70, a protein that promotes cancer cell survival, was measured in mesothelioma cells before and after treatment with triptolide. Hsp70 levels were decreased in a dose-dependent manner. In addition, triptolide sensitized cells to gemcitabine and pemetrexed as measured by cell viability. Mice bearing mesothelioma flank tumors were treated with daily injections (28 d) of minnelide or saline solution and xenograft tumor growth recorded. Mice displayed significantly reduced tumor burden. These findings support the clinical evaluation of minnelide therapy for mesothelioma.

    View details for PubMedID 26000097

  • Efficient assembly of oligomannosides using the hydrophobically assisted switching phase method ORGANIC & BIOMOLECULAR CHEMISTRY Meng, S., Tian, T., Han, D., Wang, L., Tang, S., Meng, X., Li, Z. 2015; 13 (24): 6711-6722

    Abstract

    The hydrophobically assisted switching phase (HASP) method was applied in the assembly of oligomannosides. A new mannosyl donor with high reactivity was selected after a series of optimization studies, which was suitable for the synthesis of oligomannosides via the HASP method. The practicability of the HASP method towards the synthesis of branched oligosaccharides was explored and two branched penta-mannosides were assembled efficiently.

    View details for DOI 10.1039/c5ob00730e

    View details for Web of Science ID 000355985800007

    View details for PubMedID 25967589

  • Essential N-Terminal Insertion Motif Anchors the ESCRT-III Filament during MVB Vesicle Formation DEVELOPMENTAL CELL Buchkovich, N. J., Henne, W. M., Tang, S., Emr, S. D. 2013; 27 (2): 201-214

    Abstract

    The endosomal sorting complexes required for transport (ESCRTs) have emerged as key cellular machinery that drive topologically unique membrane deformation and scission. Understanding how the ESCRT-III polymer interacts with membrane, promoting and/or stabilizing membrane deformation, is an important step in elucidating this sculpting mechanism. Using a combination of genetic and biochemical approaches, both in vivo and in vitro, we identify two essential modules required for ESCRT-III-membrane association: an electrostatic cluster and an N-terminal insertion motif. Mutating either module in yeast causes cargo sorting defects in the MVB pathway. We show that the essential N-terminal insertion motif provides a stable anchor for the ESCRT-III polymer. By replacing this N-terminal motif with well-characterized membrane insertion modules, we demonstrate that the N terminus of Snf7 has been tuned to maintain the topological constraints associated with ESCRT-III-filament-mediated membrane invagination and vesicle formation. Our results provide insights into the spatially unique, ESCRT-III-mediated membrane remodeling.

    View details for DOI 10.1016/j.devcel.2013.09.009

    View details for Web of Science ID 000326913900010

    View details for PubMedID 24139821