Martin Ghosh

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The Drosophila adipose tissue, or fat body, and the bodywall muscle are two major tissues derived from the mesoderm. Although much is known about the lineage of muscle cells, little is known about the development of the fat body. Using known genes and an enhancer trap (29D), we have begun to trace the lineage of the cells comprising the fat body. The genes(More)
Aspergillus sydowii MG49 produces a 30-kDa exosplitting xylobiohydrolase during growth on xylan. A specific chemical modification and substrate protection analysis of purified xylanase provided evidence that tryptophan and carboxy and amino groups are present at the catalytic site of this enzyme. Thermal inactivation of the xylanase occurs because of(More)
Leishmania donovani, like all other kinetoplastida, is a purine auxotroph. Comparative studies of adenosine transport in L. donovani amastigotes and promastigotes revealed that, unlike the promastigote stage, the amastigote possesses two distinct adenosine transporters (T(1) and T(2)) both with high affinities (K(m), 1.14+/-0.05 and 2. 09+/-0.13 microM,(More)
Inactivation of adenosine kinase (Adk) from Leishmania donovani correlates with the modification of two conformationally vicinal cysteine residues. In contrast, Adk from hamster liver, despite being sensitive to monothiol-blocking reagents, was insensitive to dithiol modifiers. Inactivation kinetics and substrate-protection studies along with(More)
The unique catalytic characteristics of adenosine kinase (Adk) and its stage-specific differential activity pattern have made this enzyme a prospective target for chemotherapeutic manipulation in the purine-auxotrophic parasitic protozoan Leishmania donovani. However, nothing is known about the structure of the parasite Adk. We report here the cloning of(More)
To identify genes important in fat-cell metabolism and development, we have screened Drosophila stocks carrying an engineered transposable element that can reveal the presence of nearby enhancer elements. We have identified those "enhancer-trap lines" that contain transposable P elements integrated near fat-cell specific enhancer elements. We anticipate(More)
The presence of arginine at the active site of Leishmania donovani adenosine kinase was studied by chemical modification, followed by the characterization of the modified enzyme. The arginine-specific reagents phenylglyoxal (PGO), butane-2,3-dione and cyclohexane-1,2-dione all irreversibly inactivated the enzyme. In contrast, adenosine kinase from hamster(More)
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