Nandita Madhavan

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Cytochrome P450 (CYP) family of redox enzymes metabolize drugs and xenobiotics in liver microsomes. Isozyme CYP2C9 is reported to be inhibited by benzbromarone (BzBr) and this phenomenon was hitherto explained by classical active-site binding. Theoretically, it was impossible to envisage the experimentally derived sub-nM Ki for an inhibitor, when supra-nM(More)
Protein pores that selectively transport ions across membranes are among nature's most efficient machines. The selectivity of these pores can be exploited for ion sensing and water purification. Since it is difficult to reconstitute membrane proteins in their active form for practical applications it is desirable to develop robust synthetic compounds that(More)
Ion-channel mimics are able to transmit electrical signals across phospholipid membranes, and can be envisioned as nanoswitches for molecular electronics. Here, we reported the use of pH to alter ion-transport rates through a synthetic aminocyclodextrin ion channel. Both cation- and anion-transport rates were found to increase with an increase in pH due to(More)
Synthetic pores that selectively transport ions of biological significance through membranes could be potentially used in medical diagnostics or therapeutics. Herein, we report cation-selective octapeptide pores derived from alanine and aminopicolinic acid. The ion transport mechanism through the pores has been established to be a cation-chloride symport.(More)
Anion transporters play a vital role in cellular processes and their dysregulation leads to a range of diseases such as cystic fibrosis, Bartter's syndrome and epilepsy. Synthetic chloride transporters are known to induce apoptosis in cancer cell lines. Herein, we report triamide macrocycles that are easily synthesized and externally functionalized by(More)
Ion transporters have been developed from acyclic octapeptides comprising L/D alanine and m-aminobenzoic acid. These octapeptides transport cations up to 3 times faster than their cyclic analog through lipid vesicles. Preliminary CD, XRD and computational studies allude to a 6-9 Å wide tetrameric ion channel as the active ion transporter.
Solid-phase peptide synthesis has been an attractive method for synthesizing peptides because it is quick and can be automated. The heterogeneous reaction medium in solid-phase peptide synthesis necessitates the use of large equivalents of reagents to drive the reactions to completion. Peptide synthesis using soluble, yet isolable, supports is an attractive(More)
Synthetic channels or pores that are easy to synthesize, stable and cation-selective are extremely attractive for the development of therapeutics and materials. Herein, we report a pore developed from a small tetrapeptide scaffold that shows a preference for sodium over lithium/potassium. The sodium selectivity is attributed to the appended oligoether tail(More)