Arjun K. Mishra

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Polyamine biosynthesis pathway has long been considered an essential drug target for trypanosomatids including Leishmania. S-adenosylmethionine decarboxylase (AdoMetDc) and spermidine synthase (SpdSyn) are enzymes of this pathway that catalyze successive steps, with the product of the former, decarboxylated S-adenosylmethionine (dcSAM), acting as an(More)
Trypansomatids maintain their redox balance by the trypanothione-based redox system, enzymes of which exhibit differences from mammalian homologues. γ-Glutamylcysteine synthetase (Gcs) is an essential enzyme in this pathway that performs the first and rate-limiting step. l-Buthionine-(S,R)-sulfoximine (BSO), a specific inhibitor of Gcs, induces toxicity in(More)
SpaE is the predicted basal pilin subunit in the sortase-dependent SpaFED pilus from the gut-adapted and commensal Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG. Thus far, structural characterization of the cell-wall-anchoring basal pilins has remained difficult and has been limited to only a few examples from pathogenic genera and species. To gain a further structural(More)
Nucleoside diphosphate kinases (NDKs) are ubiquitous enzymes that catalyze the transfer of the γ-phosphate moiety from an NTP donor to an NDP acceptor, crucial for maintaining the cellular level of nucleoside triphosphates (NTPs). The inability of trypanosomatids to synthesize purines de novo and their dependence on the salvage pathway makes NDK an(More)
A thermo-alkalistable and surfactant stable endoglucanase (PHS) gene consisting of 554 amino acids was identified from metagenomic library of Puga hot spring using functional screening. PHS gene was overexpressed and purified to homogeneity using affinity chromatography The purified PHS protein presented a single band of 60kDa on the SDS-PAGE gel and(More)
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