Baskar Bakthavachalu

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Insulin is the key regulator of glucose homeostasis in mammals, and glucose-stimulated insulin biosynthesis is essential for maintaining glucose levels in a narrow range in mammals. Glucose specifically promotes the translation of insulin in pancreatic β-islet, and the untranslated regions of insulin mRNA play a role in such regulation. Specific factors in(More)
Insulin is a secreted peptide that controls glucose homeostasis in mammals, and insulin biosynthesis is regulated by glucose at many levels. Rodent insulin is encoded by two non-allelic genes. We have identified a novel splice variant of the insulin2 gene in mice that constitutes about 75% of total insulin2 mRNA. The alternate splicing does not alter the(More)
Glucose induced translation of insulin in pancreatic beta cells is mediated by the 5'UTR of insulin mRNA. We determined the minimal sequence/structure in the 5'UTR of rat insulin gene1 for this regulation. We show that specific factors in the pancreatic islets bind to the 5'UTR of the insulin mRNA upon glucose stimulation. We identified a minimal(More)
A spontaneous mutation in BALB/c mice that causes congenital dense cataract and microphthalmia (dcm) was reported previously. This abnormality was found to be inheritable and the mode of inheritance indicated that this phenotype is due to mutation of an autosomal recessive gene. We performed genetic screen to identify the underlying mutations through(More)
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