Ghan Shyam Khatri

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Although many bacterial chromosomes require only one replication initiator protein, e.g., DnaA, most plasmid replicons depend on dual initiators: host-encoded DnaA and plasmid-encoded Rep initiator protein for replication initiation. Using the plasmid pSC101 as a model system, this work investigates the biological rationale for the requirement for dual(More)
We have cloned the tus gene that encodes the replication terminator protein of Escherichia coli and have efficiently expressed its gene product. The overproducer strain has been used to purify the terminator (ter) protein in high yield to near homogeneity. The protein is a single 36 kd polypeptide. Using the ter protein and highly purified dnaB helicase, we(More)
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus is a major problem in the world, causing hospital acquired infections and the infections/pathogenesis in community. Lysostaphin is a novel therapeutic molecule to kill the multidrug-resistant S. aureus. Mature lysostaphin is a single polypeptide (approximately 27 kDa) chain metalloprotease glycylglycine(More)
We have purified approximately 6600-fold an approximately 40-kDa protein (Ter protein) encoded by Escherichia coli that specifically binds to two sites at the 216-base-pair replication terminus (tau) of the plasmid R6K. Chemical footprinting experiments have shown that the Ter protein binds to two 14- to 16-base-pair sequences that exist as inverted repeats(More)
We have developed an in vitro replication system in which purified replication termination protein (Ter) elicits specific and polarized termination of DNA replication at terminator sites (tau) in a cell extract of tus- Escherichia coli that does not encode Ter protein. Using this system and two-dimensional agarose gel electrophoresis, we have identified(More)
A recombinant vector for overproduction of the E. coli single stranded DNA binding protein (E. coli SSBP) has been constructed. An E. coli strain carrying this plasmid produces up to 150 mg pure SSBP per litre of bacterial culture in a laboratory shake flask. Electron microscopy of the single stranded DNA complexed with SSBP shows characteristic "beaded(More)
A hypothetical open reading frame from Bacillus subtilis genome, yjbI [NCBI genome database Accession No. ] having homology to many globin and globin-like proteins from different microbial genomes, was selectively amplified from the chromosomal DNA of B. subtilis strain DB104 based on genome sequence database of B. subtilis strain 168. The gene was cloned(More)
A gene responsible for the degradation of ß-N-Oxalyl diaminopropionic acid (ODAP) was fused to the maIE gene, which codes for maltose binding protein, by cloning into an expression vector pMAL c2. The gene has been expressed as fusion protein of mol wt approximately 62 kD. It has been purified by affinity chromatography. The fusion protein has been cleaved(More)