Dibyendu Bhattacharyya

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Budding yeast Sec16 is a large peripheral endoplasmic reticulum (ER) membrane protein that functions in generating COPII transport vesicles and in clustering COPII components at transitional ER (tER) sites. Sec16 interacts with multiple COPII components. Although the COPII assembly pathway is evolutionarily conserved, Sec16 homologues have not been(More)
A common application of fluorescent proteins is to label whole cells, but many RFPs are cytotoxic when used with standard high-level expression systems. We engineered a rapidly maturing tetrameric fluorescent protein called DsRed-Express2 that has minimal cytotoxicity. DsRed-Express2 exhibits strong and stable expression in bacterial and mammalian cells,(More)
In mammalian cells, the 'Golgi reassembly and stacking protein' (GRASP) family has been implicated in Golgi stacking, but the broader functions of GRASP proteins are still unclear. The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae contains a single non-essential GRASP homolog called Grh1. However, Golgi cisternae in S. cerevisiae are not organized into stacks, so a(More)
Fluorescent proteins (FPs) with far-red excitation and emission are desirable for multicolor labeling and live-animal imaging. We describe E2-Crimson, a far-red derivative of the tetrameric FP DsRed-Express2. Unlike other far-red FPs, E2-Crimson is noncytotoxic in bacterial and mammalian cells. E2-Crimson is brighter than other far-red FPs and matures(More)
The forkhead box f1 (Foxf1) transcription factor is expressed in the visceral (splanchnic) mesoderm, which is involved in mesenchymal-epithelial signaling required for development of organs derived from foregut endoderm such as lung, liver, gall bladder, and pancreas. Our previous studies demonstrated that haploinsufficiency of the Foxf1 gene caused(More)
Ribosome, the ubiquitous organelle, is the site for protein synthesis in all types of cells. The consecutive peptide bonds are formed by the transpeptidation reaction between carboxyl group of peptidyl moiety and the amino group of the aminoacyl moiety. Both the moieties are attached to the appropiate tRNAs positioned on the ribosome at P and A sites,(More)
COPII vesicles assemble at ER subdomains called transitional ER (tER) sites, but the mechanism that generates tER sites is unknown. To study tER biogenesis, we analyzed the transmembrane protein Sec12, which initiates COPII vesicle formation. Sec12 is concentrated at discrete tER sites in the budding yeast Pichia pastoris. We find that P. pastoris Sec12(More)
BACKGROUND Whole-cell labeling is a common application of fluorescent proteins (FPs), but many red and orange FPs exhibit cytotoxicity that limits their use as whole-cell labels. Recently, a tetrameric red FP called DsRed-Express2 was engineered for enhanced solubility and was shown to be noncytotoxic in bacterial and mammalian cells. Our goal was to create(More)
Ocimumn sanctum, an Indian medicinal plant, has been on trial for its role in generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in hospital based clinical set-up. Hamilton's brief psychiatric rating scale (BPRS) and thorough clinical investigations were used to screen the subjects. Thirty-five subjects (21 male and 14 female; average age 38.4 years) were medicated with(More)
Polycysteine and other polyamino acid functionalized microfiltration membrane sorbents work exceptionally well for the removal and recovery of toxic heavy metals from aqueous streams. These are high capacity sorbents (0.3-3.7 mg/cm2) with excellent accessibility and selectivity for heavy metals, such as Hg(II), Pb(II), and Cd(II) over nontoxic components(More)