Chandrashekar Ganesa

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Killer toxins are polypeptides secreted by some fungal species that kill sensitive cells of the same or related species. In the best-characterized cases, they function by creating new pores in the cell membrane and disrupting ion fluxes. Immunity or resistance to the toxins is conferred by the preprotoxins (or products thereof) or by nuclear resistance(More)
Lysosomal acid lipase (LAL) is the critical enzyme for the hydrolysis of triglycerides (TGs) and cholesteryl esters (CEs) in lysosomes. LAL defects cause Wolman disease (WD) and CE storage disease (CESD). An LAL null (lal-/-) mouse model closely mimics human WD/CESD, with hepatocellular, Kupffer cell and other macrophage, and adrenal cortical storage of CEs(More)
The toxin from the P4 strain of Ustilago maydis was purified and characterized using a series of gel-filtration and ion-exchange columns. The apparent molecular weight of the purified toxin was estimated from gel electrophoresis to be 11.3 kd in the presence of 2-mercaptoethanol and 10.3 kd in the absence of 2-mercaptoethanol. Amino acid analysis indicated(More)
Recombinant human glucocerebrosidase (imiglucerase, Cerezyme) is used in enzyme replacement therapy for Gaucher disease. Complex oligosaccharides present on Chinese hamster ovary cell-expressed glucocerebrosidase (GCase) are enzymatically remodeled into a mannose core, facilitating mannose receptor-mediated uptake into macrophages. Alternative expression(More)
KP4 is a virally encoded and highly specific toxin that kills fungi closely related to the fungus Ustilago maydis. The toxin was purified and crystals were formed using ammonium sulfate as precipitant. The crystals belong to the space group P6(1)(5)22 and diffracted to approximately 2.2 A resolution. Circular dicroism spectroscopy suggests that the protein(More)
Polyphenoloxidase was purified from chloroplasts of broad bean leaves (Vicia faba L.) to apparent homogeneity. The enzyme was composed of two proteins with an apparent mass of 65 and 68 kilodaltons after sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The isolated enzyme contained covalently attached carbohydrates and bound concanavalin A,(More)
The toxin from Ustilago maydis virus P4 was purified to homogeneity and characterized. The native molecular mass, using size-exclusion HPLC was estimated to be 7.2 kDa. The purified toxin was composed of a single subunit. Sodium dodecyl sulfate-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis analysis under reduced and nonreduced conditions resulted in estimated(More)
Posttranslational modification can influence the biologic activity of recombinant proteins. The effects of beta-subunit C-terminal truncation, oligosaccharide heterogeneity, and chemical oxidation on the in vitro activity of recombinant human thyroid-stimulating hormone (rhTSH) were investigated. beta-Subunit C-terminal truncation up to residue 113 did not(More)
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