Mrinal Kanti Bhattacharyya

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We have isolated and characterized Tgmr, a copia-like retrotransposon, linked tightly to the Rps1-k allele that confers race-specific resistance of soybean to the the fungal pathogen Phytophthora sojae. Southern analysis followed by PCR and sequence analyses, using primers based on sequences flanking the insertion site confirmed that the element was(More)
We isolated two full-length cDNA clones encoding 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase (HMGR) from potato (Solanum tuberosum) L. tubers. The clones, designated hmg2.2 and hmg3.3, are members of previously described gene subfamilies. In addition to being induced by arachidonic acid in tubers, hmg2.2 transcript accumulates developmentally in young(More)
In recent years, Hsp90 is found to interact with several telomeric proteins at various phases of cell cycle. The Hsp90 chaperone system controls assembly and disassembly of telomere structures and thus maintains the dynamic state of telomere. Here, for the first time we report that the activity of another telomeric protein Sir2p is modulated by Hsp82, the(More)
Two thioredoxin cDNAs from soybean were isolated by screening an expression library using an anti-(plasma membrane) serum. The nucleotide sequences of the two cDNAs were found to be 89% identical. The polypeptides encoded by the two cDNAs, designated TRX1 and TRX2, contain a disulfide active site, as found in other thioredoxins. TRX1 was expressed as a(More)
In plants, the dominant sterols are 24-alkyl sterols, which play multiple roles in plant growth and development, i.e. as membrane constituents and as precursors to steroid growth regulators such as brassinosteroids. The initial step in the conversion of the phytosterol intermediate cycloartenol to the 24-alkyl sterols is catalyzed by(More)
The eukaryotic Meiotic Recombination protein 11 (Mre11) plays pivotal roles in the DNA damage response (DDR). Specifically, Mre11 senses and signals DNA double strand breaks (DSB) and facilitates their repair through effector proteins belonging to either homologous recombination (HR) or non-homologous end joining (NHEJ) repair mechanisms. In the human(More)
It is well documented that elevated body temperature causes tumors to regress upon radiotherapy. However, how hyperthermia induces DNA damage sensitivity is not clear. We show that a transient heat shock and particularly the concomitant induction of Hsp90 lead to increased genomic instability under DNA-damaging conditions. Using Saccharomyces cerevisiae as(More)
Plasmodium falciparum topoisomerase VIB (TopoVIB)-TopoVIA (TopoVIB-VIA) complex can be potentially exploited as a drug target against malaria due to its absence from the human genome. Previous work in our laboratory has suggested that P. falciparum TopoVIB (PfTopoVIB) might be a target of radicicol since treatment of parasite cultures with this antibiotic(More)
Repairing double strand breaks (DSBs) is absolutely essential for the survival of obligate intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii. Thus, DSB repair mechanisms could be excellent targets for chemotherapeutic interventions. Recent genetic and bioinformatics analyses confirm the presence of both homologous recombination (HR) as well as non homologous end(More)
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