Keka Sarkar

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BACKGROUND Isolation of high-molecular-weight DNA is essential for many molecular biology applications. Owing to the presence of polymerase chain reaction (PCR) inhibitors, there is a scarcity of suitable protocols for PCR-ready DNA extraction from food and natural environments. The conventional chemical methods of DNA extraction are time consuming and(More)
BACKGROUND Nanoparticle-metal oxide and gold represents a new class of important materials that are increasingly being developed for use in research and health related activities. The biological system being extremely critical requires the fundamental understanding on the influence of inorganic nanoparticles on cellular growth and functions. Our study was(More)
Contribution of genes in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) has been explored in various populations, and several genes were speculated to contribute small but additive effects. We have assessed variants in four genes, DDC (rs3837091 and rs3735273), DRD2 (rs1800496, rs1801028, and rs1799732), DRD4 (rs4646984 and rs4646983), and COMT (rs165599(More)
Phosphorus (P) is a limiting nutrient in some freshwater ecosystems. Phosphate solubilizing bacteria (PSB) are candidates for enhancing P availability in rhizoplane, but their P release potential in freshwater environments needs further evaluations. This study conducted in floodplain wetlands correlated PSB abundance, decline in sediment pH, and natural(More)
In the field of nucleic acid-based biosensor technology, DNA-conjugated nanocomposites have attracted much attention due to their unique properties and multimodal applicability. However, quantitative estimation of sequence-specific oligonucleotide in a simpler way is still a challenge. Precise positioning of DNA probes over the surface of the nanocomposite(More)
Transformation of bacteria is an important step in molecular biology. Viral and non-virus-based gene delivery techniques, including chemical/biological and physical approaches, have been applied to bacterial, mammalian and plant cells. E. coli is not competent to take up DNA; hence, different methods are used to incorporate plasmid DNA. A novel method has(More)
Direct isolation of soil DNA comes as an emerging technology to understand the microbial diversity of a particular environment circumventing the dependency on culturable methods. Soil DNA isolation is tough due to the presence of various organic components present in soil which interfere in extraction procedure. Here, we report a novel direct soil DNA(More)
A paper by Saptarshi Chatterjee and Keka Sarkar that was published in this journal is now retracted due to the deliberate and fraudulent use of data in the paper that had previously appeared in other papers of these two authors and in other papers of Dr Sarkar. The paper in question is: ‘‘Surface-functionalized gold nanoparticles mediate bacterial(More)
Community structure of bacteria present in arsenic contaminated agricultural soil was studied with qPCR (quantitative PCR) and DGGE (Denaturing Gradient Gel Electrophoresis) as an indicator of extreme stresses. Copy number of six common bacterial taxa (Acidobacteria, Actinobacteria, α-, β- and γ-Proteobacteria, Firmicutes) was calculated using group(More)
Surface-functionalized adsorbant particles in combination with magnetic separation techniques have received considerable attention in recent years. Selective manipulation on such magnetic nanoparticles permits separation with high affinity in the presence of other suspended solids. Amylase is used extensively in food and allied industries. Purification of(More)