Debosmita Sardar

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Equisetin synthetase (EqiS), from the filamentous fungus Fusarium heterosporum ATCC 74349, was initially assigned on the basis of genetic knockout and expression analysis. Increasing inconsistencies in experimental results led us to question this assignment. Here, we sequenced the F. heterosporum genome, revealing two hybrid polyketide-peptide proteins that(More)
In Nature, protein capsids function as molecular containers for a wide variety of molecular cargoes. Such containers have great potential for applications in nanotechnology, which often require encapsulation of non-native guest molecules. Charge complementarity represents a potentially powerful strategy for engineering novel encapsulation systems. In an(More)
Ribosomally synthesized and posttranslationally modified peptide (RiPP) natural products are of broad interest because of their intrinsic bioactivities and potential for synthetic biology. The RiPP cyanobactin pathways pat and tru have been experimentally shown to be extremely tolerant of mutations. In nature, the pathways exhibit "substrate evolution",(More)
A conventional metabolic pathway leads to a specific product. In stark contrast, there are diversity-generating metabolic pathways that naturally produce different chemicals, sometimes of great diversity. We demonstrate that for one such pathway, tru, each ensuing metabolic step is slower, in parallel with the increasing potential chemical divergence(More)
BACKGROUND Peroxidations mediated by heme-enzymes have been traditionally studied under a single-site (heme distal pocket), non-sequential (ping-pong), two-substrates binding scheme of Michaelis-Menten paradigm. We had reported unusual modulations of peroxidase and P450 reaction outcomes and explained it invoking diffusible reactive species [Manoj, 2006;(More)
Macrocyclases and other posttranslational enzymes afford derived peptides with improved properties for pharmaceutical and biotechnological applications. Here, we asked whether multiple posttranslational modifications could be simultaneously controlled and matched to rationally generate new peptide derivatives. We reconstituted the cyanobactin peptide(More)
Ribosomally synthesized natural products are found in all forms of life. Their biosynthesis uses simple ribosomally synthesized peptides as starting materials that are transformed into complex structures via posttranslational modifications, enriched with elaborate chemical scaffolds that make them desirable as pharmacological tools. In addition, these(More)
Recent innovations in peptide natural product biosynthesis reveal a surprising wealth of previously uncharacterized biochemical reactions that have potential applications in synthetic biology. Among these, the cyanobactins are noteworthy because these peptides are protected at their N- and C-termini by macrocyclization. Here, we use a novel bifunctional(More)
The increasingly rapid accumulation of genomic information is revolutionizing natural products discovery. However, the translation of sequence data to chemical products remains a challenge. Here, we detail methods used to circumvent the supply problem of cyanobactin natural products, both by engineered synthesis in Escherichia coli and by using purified(More)
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