Gopalakrishnan Karthikeyan

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The ability of Saccharomyces cerevisiae to tolerate ionizing radiation damage requires many DNA-repair and checkpoint genes, most having human orthologs. A genome-wide screen of diploid mutants homozygous with respect to deletions of 3,670 nonessential genes revealed 107 new loci that influence gamma-ray sensitivity. Many affect replication, recombination(More)
Frataxin protein controls iron availability in mitochondria and reduced levels lead to the human disease, Friedreich's ataxia (FRDA). The molecular aspects of disease progression are not well understood. We developed a highly regulatable promoter system for expressing frataxin in yeast to address the consequences of chronically reduced amounts of this(More)
The mitochondrial protein frataxin helps maintain appropriate iron levels in the mitochondria of yeast and humans. A deficiency of this protein in humans causes Friedreich's ataxia, while its complete absence in yeast (Delta yfh1 mutant) results in loss of mitochondrial DNA, apparently due to radicals generated by excess iron. We found that the absence of(More)
Rad50, Mre11, and Xrs2 form a nuclease complex that functions in both nonhomologous end-joining (NHEJ) and recombinational repair of DNA double-strand breaks (DSBs). A search for highly expressed cDNAs that suppress the DNA repair deficiency of rad50 mutants yielded multiple isolates of two genes: EXO1 and TLC1. Overexpression of EXO1 or TLC1 increased the(More)
Assembly of new chromatin during S phase requires the histone chaperone complexes CAF-1 (Cac2p, Msi1p and Rlf2p) and RCAF (Asf1p plus acetylated histones H3 and H4). Cells lacking CAF-1 and RCAF are hypersensitive to DNA-damaging agents, such as methyl methanesulfonate and camptothecin, suggesting a possible defect in double-strand break (DSB) repair.(More)
The higher levels of cytochrome P-450 dependent enzyme activities reported earlier are traced to higher levels of cytochrome P-450 (CYPIIB1/B2 like) messenger RNA in the chloroquine resistant than the sensitive strains. The messenger RNA is also induced by phenobarbitone in the sensitive strain. Pretreatment with phenobarbitone affords partial protection to(More)
Di-2-ethyl hexyl phthalate (DEHP), an industrial plasticizer and a ubiquitous environmental contaminant, is an established endocrine disruptor (ED). Increasing evidences indicate that some EDs interfere with osteoblast differentiation and function. In the present study, we investigated the effects of DEHP on the expression of cell cycle proteins,(More)
Inducible promoter fusions are commonly employed to study the biological functions of genes as well as to investigate mechanisms of transcription regulation. A concern for many studies of heterologous gene expression is that steady state transcription may be too high under non-inducing conditions, producing undesired phenotypes prior to induction. Fusions(More)
Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) is shown to have definite anabolic effects on skeletal metabolism. Previous studies have demonstrated that Insulin-like growth factors (IGF-I and IGF-II) and their six high affinity binding proteins (IGFBPs 1–6) regulate proliferation and differentiation of bone-forming osteoblasts. The current study was intended to(More)
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