Mujib Rahman

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The complete structure of the lipooligosaccharide (LOS) from Neisseria meningitidis strain NMB (serotype 2b:P1.2,5), a serogroup B cerebrospinal fluid isolate, was determined. Two oligosaccharide (OS) fractions and lipid-A were obtained following mild acid hydrolysis of the LOS. The structures in these fractions were determined using glycosyl composition(More)
The phospholipids of Neisseria meningitidis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae were characterized by fast atom bombardment (FAB)-MS and GLC-MS. The major phospholipids were phosphatidylethanolamine (PE), followed by phosphatidylglycerol (PG), with minor amounts of phosphatidic acid (PA) and trace levels of cardiolipin (DPG). All of the phospholipid preparations were(More)
The molecular basis for the resistance of serogroup B Neisseria meningitidis to the bactericidal activity of normal human sera (NHS) was examined with a NHS-resistant, invasive serogroup B meningococcal isolate and genetically and structurally defined capsule-, lipooligosaccharide (LOS)-, and sialylation-altered mutants of the wild-type strain. Expression(More)
We have characterized an operon required for inner-core biosynthesis of the lipooligosaccharide (LOS) of Neisseria meningitidis. Using Tn916 mutagenesis, we recently identified the alpha-1,2-N-acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) transferase gene (rfaK), which when inactivated prevents the addition of GlcNAc and alpha chain to the meningococcal LOS inner core (C. M.(More)
12-O-tetradecanoylphorbolacetate (TPA) influences proliferation, differentiation, and apoptosis in a variety of cells including prostate cancer cells. Here, we show that androgen treatment potentiates TPA-induced apoptosis in androgen-sensitive prostate cancer LNCaP cells but not in androgen-independent prostate cancer cell lines DU145 and PC-3. The use of(More)
In patients with prostate cancer who manifest disease progression during combined androgen blockade therapy, discontinuation of antiandrogen treatment might result in prostate-specific antigen decline, often associated with clinical improvement. The response called antiandrogen withdrawal syndrome is thus acknowledged as a general phenomenon. However,(More)
Swarming by Proteus mirabilis is characterized by cycles of rapid and coordinated population migration across surfaces following differentiation of vegetative cells into elongated hyperflagellated swarm cells. It has been shown that surface colony expansion by the swarm cell population is facilitated by a colony migration factor (Cmf), a capsular(More)
Mice (Mus musculus) captured in henhouses were assessed for the presence of salmonellae in spleens. Of 621 and 526 spleens cultured during the first and second years of collection, 25.0 and 17.9%, respectively, were positive for Salmonella enterica serovar Enteritidis. Contaminated eggs were cultured from nine houses during the first year of sampling, and(More)
Introduction The transcriptional activity of androgen receptor (AR) is modulated by coregulators that have a significant influence on a number of functional properties of AR, including the ligand specificity as well as the DNA binding capacity. Because androgens and AR have pivotal roles in the development and growth of normal prostate as well as prostate(More)
Lysophosphatidic acid (LPA) and phosphatidic acid (PA) are critical phospholipid intermediates in the biosynthesis of cell membranes. In Escherichia coli, LPA acyltransferase (1-acyl-sn-glycerol-3-phosphate acyltransferase; EC catalyses the transfer of an acyl chain from either acyl-coenzyme A or acyl-acyl carrier protein onto LPA to produce PA.(More)