Kushal Das

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Characterization of amorphous protein aggregates may offer insights into the process of aggregation. Eleven single amino acid mutants of lipase (LipA of Bacillus subtilis) were subjected to temperature-induced aggregation, and the resultant aggregates were characterized for recovery of activity in the presence of guanidinium chloride (GdmCl). Based on(More)
The Bcl-2 family protein Bim triggers mitochondrial apoptosis. Bim is expressed in nonapoptotic cells at the mitochondrial outer membrane, where it is activated by largely unknown mechanisms. We found that Bim is regulated by formation of large protein complexes containing dynein light chain 1 (DLC1). Bim rapidly inserted into cardiolipin-containing(More)
The prosurvival Bcl-2 proteins exhibit a specific pattern of interactions with BH3-only proteins that determines the cellular dependence on apoptotic stress. This specificity is crucial for the development of BH3 mimetics, a class of anticancer molecules based on the BH3 domain with promising activity in clinical trials. Although complex formation mainly(More)
The Bcl-2 proteins form a complex interaction network that controls mitochondrial permeabilization and apoptosis. The relative importance of different Bcl-2 complexes and their spatio-temporal regulation is debated. Using fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy to quantify the interactions within a minimal Bcl-2 network, comprised by cBid, Bax, and(More)
The BCL-2 family members are key regulators of the intrinsic apoptotic pathway, which is defined by permeabilization of the mitochondrial outer membrane by members of the BAX-like subfamily. BOK is classified as a BAX-like protein; however, its (patho-)physiological role remains largely unclear. We therefore assessed the membrane permeabilization potential(More)
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