Gautam Pennathur

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Prodigiosin produced by Serratia marcescens is a promising drug owing to its reported characteristics of having antifungal, immunosuppressive and antiproliferative activity. From an industrial point of view the necessity to obtain a suitable medium to simultaneously enhance the growth of Serratia marcescens and the pigment production was the aim of this(More)
An efficient building block for protein structure prediction can be tripeptides. 8000 different tripeptides from a dataset of 1220 high resolution (≤ 2.0°A) structures from the Protein Data Bank (PDB) have been looked at, to determine which are structurally rigid and non-rigid. This data has been statistically analyzed, discussed and summarized. The entire(More)
A novel methodology to predict the local conformational changes in a protein as a consequence of missense mutations is proposed. A pentapeptide at the locus of mutation plays the dominant role and it is analyzed in terms of tripeptides. A measure for spatial and temporal fluctuations in a pentapeptide is devised and validated. The method does not involve(More)
Mammalian gastric lipases are stable and active under acidic conditions and also in the duodenal lumen. There has been considerable interest in acid stable lipases owing to their potential application in the treatment of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency. In order to gain insights into the domain movements of these enzymes, molecular dynamics simulations of(More)
Transcription is the first step in cellular information processing. It is regulated by cis-acting elements such as promoters and operators in the DNA, and trans-acting elements such as transcription factors and sigma factors. Identification of cis-acting regulatory elements on a genomic scale requires computational analysis. We have used oligonucleotide(More)
Beta-hairpins are the simplest form of beta-sheets which, due to the presence of long-range interactions, can be considered as tertiary structures. Molecular dynamics simulation is a powerful tool that can unravel whole pathways of protein folding/unfolding at atomic resolution. We have performed several molecular dynamics simulations, to a total of over(More)
The interaction of proteins with quantum dots is an interesting field of research. These interactions occur at the nanoscale. We have probed the interaction of Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) and Candida rugosa lipase (CRL) with rhamnolipid capped ZnS (RhlZnSQDs) using absorption and fluorescence spectroscopy. Optical studies on mixtures of RhlZnSQDs and(More)
Protein classification is the first step to functional annotation; SCOP and Pfam databases are currently the most relevant protein classification schemes. However, the disproportion in the number of three dimensional (3D) protein structures generated versus their classification into relevant superfamilies/families emphasizes the need for automated(More)
The interfacing of a commonly used spectrophotometer, the Hitachi U2000, through its RS-232C port to a IBM compatible computer is described. The hardware for data acquisation was designed by suitably modifying readily available materials, and the software was written using the C programming language. The various steps involved in these procedures are(More)
Molecular Dynamics simulations were performed on aminoglycoside N-acetyltransferase ((AAC) (2')-Ic) of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, to gain insight into enzyme flexibility and conformation around the ligand and acetyl-CoA binding sites in nano scale. Simulations were performed in water and methanol to further study the effect of solvation on the enzyme.(More)