Amitava Mitra

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Arabidopsis thaliana carries three functional copies of the chlorophyll a/b-binding protein (cab) gene which code for an identical mature protein. DNA sequence comparison of all three cab promoters indicated that cab2 and cab3 are more closely related compared to cab1. Although the highest degree of homology was found between the TATA box and -256 of cab3(More)
UNLABELLED Endothelial cells in tumor angiogenesis are highly accessible, genetically stable and present unique molecular markers for targeted therapy. Neoplasia is also characterized by enhanced vascular permeability and disordered lymphatics so that both active and passive targeting strategies may play a role in localizing angiogenesis-targeted agents. To(More)
Fine deletion mutants were generated in the upstream control region of the nopaline synthase (nos) promoter to define the position and role of upstream regulatory elements. The results indicated that the 8 bp sequence (CAGAAACC) at -106/-113 and its inverted repeat (GGTTTCTG) at -140/-147 are important for promoter function. The downstream element appears(More)
Genetic engineering plays a unique role in fundamental plant biology studies and in improving crop traits. These efforts often necessitate introduction and expression of multiple genes using promoters from a very limited repertoire. Current common practice of expressing multiple genes is the repeated use of the same or similar promoters. This practice(More)
A bacterial rnc gene coding for a double-stranded RNA-dependent RNase III endoribonuclease and a mutant, rnc70, were expressed in tobacco plants. The RNase III protein produced in the transgenic plants was the same size as the bacterial protein. Expression of the wild-type gene could cause stunting in some plant lines, but not in others. Expression of the(More)
The feasibility of applying biodegradable polybutylcyanoacrylate (PBCA) nanoparticulate delivery systems (NDSs) for the controlled release of paclitaxel was investigated. Paclitaxel-loaded and unloaded PBCA-NDSs containing various surfactants (dextran 70, cholesterol, polyvinyl alcohol and lecithin) were prepared by anionic polymerization. The effects of(More)
Several nanoscale carriers (nanoparticles, liposomes, water-soluble polymers, micelles and dendrimers) have been developed for targeted delivery of cancer diagnostic and therapeutic agents. These carriers can selectively target cancer sites and carry large payloads, thereby improving cancer detection and therapy effectiveness. Further, the combination of(More)
An rnc70 gene encoding a mutant bacterial ribonuclease III (RNase III) was introduced into wheat (Triticum aestivum cv. Bobwhite) by microprojectile bombardment. T1, T2, and T3 plants regenerated from three transgenic callus lines were challenged with barley stripe mosaic virus. Plants expressing RNase III exhibited a high level of resistance to the virus(More)