Devapriya Choudhury

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Xenorhabdus nematophila is an insect pathogen and produces protein toxins which kill the larval host. Previously, we characterized an orally toxic, large, outer membrane-associated protein complex from the culture medium of X. nematophila. Here, we describe the cloning, expression, and characterization of a 17-kDa pilin subunit of X. nematophila isolated(More)
The major facilitator superfamily (MFS) is one of the two largest superfamilies of membrane transporters present ubiquitously in bacteria, archaea, and eukarya and includes members that function as uniporters, symporters or antiporters. We report here the complete transportome of MFS proteins of a human pathogenic yeast Candida albicans. Computational(More)
S pili are sialic acid binding hair-like appendages expressed by pathogenic strains of Escherichia coli. The presence of S pili has been implicated as a virulence factor in both urinary-tract infections and new-born meningitis. Assembly of S pili proceeds via the ubiquitous chaperone/usher pathway. Previously, structures of the homologous chaperones PapD(More)
Type-1 fimbriae are important virulence factors for the establishment of Escherichia coli urinary tract infections. Bacterial adhesion to the high-mannosylated uroplakin Ia glycoprotein receptors of bladder epithelium is mediated by the FimH adhesin. Previous studies have attributed differences in mannose-sensitive adhesion phenotypes between faecal and(More)
The controversy over the existence or the need for G-protein coupled receptors (GPCRs) in plant G-protein signalling has overshadowed a more fundamental quest for the role of AtGCR1, the most studied and often considered the best candidate for GPCR in plants. Our whole transcriptome microarray analysis of the GCR1-knock-out mutant (gcr1-5) in Arabidopsis(More)
The recent completion of the sequencing project of the opportunistic human pathogenic yeast, Candida albicans (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/), led us to analyze and classify its ATP-binding cassette (ABC) proteins, which constitute one of the largest superfamilies of proteins. Some of its members are multidrug transporters responsible for the commonly(More)
Xenorhabdus nematophila is an insect pathogenic bacterium, known to produce protein toxins that kill the larval host. We have described a cytotoxic pilin subunit of X. nematophila, which is expressed on the cell surface and also secreted in the extracellular medium associated with outer membrane vesicles. A 17kDa pilin subunit was isolated and purified from(More)
The structure-based design, synthesis, and screening of a glucuronic acid scaffold library of affinity ligands directed toward the catalytic cleft on porcine pancreas alpha-amylase are presented. The design was based on the simulated docking to the enzyme active site of 53 aryl glycosides from the Available Chemicals Directory (ACD) selected by in silico(More)
The identity of intermolecular contact residues in sickle hemoglobin (HbS) fiber is largely known. However, our knowledge about combinatorial effects of two or more contact sites or the mechanistic basis of such effects is rather limited. Lys16, His20, and Glu23 of the alpha-chain occur in intra-double strand axial contacts in the sickle hemoglobin (HbS)(More)
Nitrate response element (NRE) was originally reported to be comprised of an Ag/cTCA core sequence motif preceded by a 7-bp AT rich region, based on promoter deletion analyses in nitrate and nitrite reductases from Arabidopsis thaliana and birch. In view of hundreds of new nitrate responsive genes discovered recently, we sought to computationally verify(More)