Alap P. Chavda

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Interactions between proteins are a hallmark of all cellular activities. Such interactions often occur with low affinity, a feature that allows them to be rapidly reversible, but it makes them difficult to detect using conventional methods such as yeast 2-hybrid analyses, co-immunoprecipitation or analytical ultracentrifugation. We developed a simple and(More)
The interaction between the calcium-binding protein S100A4 and the C-terminal fragments of nonmuscle myosin heavy chain IIA has been studied by equilibrium and kinetic methods. Using site-directed mutants, we conclude that Ca(2+) binds to the EF2 domain of S100A4 with micromolar affinity and that the K(d) value for Ca(2+) is reduced by several orders of(More)
A single-stranded DNA binding protein (SSB), labeled with a fluorophore, interacts with single-stranded DNA (ssDNA), giving a 6-fold increase in fluorescence. The labeled protein is the adduct of the G26C mutant of the homotetrameric SSB from Escherichia coli and a diethylaminocoumarin {N-[2-(iodoacetamido)ethyl]-7-diethylaminocoumarin-3-carboxamide}. This(More)
IP3 receptors (IP3Rs) release Ca2+ from the ER when they bind IP3 and Ca2+. The spatial organization of IP3Rs determines both the propagation of Ca2+ signals between IP3Rs and the selective regulation of cellular responses. Here we use gene editing to fluorescently tag endogenous IP3Rs, and super-resolution microscopy to determine the geography of IP3Rs and(More)
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