Avijit Pramanik

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The antibiotic albomycin is highly effective against Streptococcus pneumoniae, with an MIC of 10 ng/ml. The reason for the high efficacy was studied by measuring the uptake of albomycin into S. pneumoniae. Albomycin was transported via the system that transports the ferric hydroxamates ferrichrome and ferrioxamine B. These two ferric hydroxamates(More)
Sideromycins are antibiotics covalently linked to siderophores. They are actively transported into gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria. Energy-coupled transport across the outer membrane and the cytoplasmic membrane strongly increases their antibiotic efficiency; their minimal inhibitory concentration is at least 100-fold lower than that of antibiotics(More)
Albomycin belongs to the class of sideromycins, compounds composed of iron carriers linked to antibiotic moieties. Albomycin was found to be active against bacteria that have a functional ferric hydroxamate transport system meaning that bacteria will actively transport albomycin until they die. We examined the activity spectrum of albomycin for bacterial(More)
Energy-coupled transporters in the outer membrane of Escherichia coli and other Gram-negative bacteria allow the entry of scarce substrates, toxic proteins, and bacterial viruses (phages) into the cells. The required energy is derived from the proton-motive force of the cytoplasmic membrane, which is coupled to the outer membrane via the ExbB-ExbD-TonB(More)
The ShlA hemolysin of Serratia marcescens is secreted across the outer membrane by the ShlB protein; ShlB belongs to the two-partner secretion system (type Vb), a subfamily of the Omp85 outer membrane protein assembly and secretion superfamily. During secretion, ShlA is converted from an inactive non-hemolytic form into an active hemolytic form. The(More)
The purified multienzyme complex of fatty acid oxidation from Escherichia coli was found to possess 3-hydroxyacyl-coenzyme A (CoA) epimerase and cis-delta3-trans-delta2-enoyl-CoA isomerase activities in addition to the previously identified enoyl-CoA hydratase, L-3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase, and 3-ketoactyl-CoA thiolase activities. Evidence is presented(More)
A multi-enzyme complex of fatty acid oxidation has been isolated from E. coli B cells and has been purified to near homogeneity by a simple two-step procedure. The complex exhibits thiolase (EC, enoyl-CoA hydratase (EC, and 3-hydroxyacyl-CoA dehydrogenase (EC activities towards short-, medium-, and long-chain substrates. The(More)
In Gram-negative bacteria like Escherichia coli the ExbB-ExbD-TonB protein complex is anchored to the cytoplasmic membrane and is involved in energization of outer membrane transport. Outer membrane proteins catalyze energy-coupled transport of scarce nutrients. Energy is derived from the protonmotive force of the cytoplasmic membrane which is transferred(More)
infC, the gene which codes for translation initiation factor 3, is situated in a cluster in the genome of Escherichia coli with genes for several other components of the translation apparatus. Only three nucleotides separate the termination codon of thrS from the initiation codon of infC. This implies that infC is either cotranscribed with thrS from a thrS(More)
The paper provides a short overview of three investigated bacterial protein toxins, colicin M (Cma) of Escherichia coli, pesticin (Pst) of Yersinia pestis and hemolysin (ShlAB) of Serratia marcescens. Cma and Pst are exceptional among colicins in that they kill bacteria by degrading the murein (peptidoglycan). Both are released into the medium and bind to(More)