Navin C. Khanna

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High-level expression and efficient assembly of Hepatitis B surface Antigen (HBsAg) particles have been reported in Pichia pastoris by integrating a single copy of the HBsAg gene under the control of the alcohol oxidase (AOX1) promoter. However, the time taken to reach peak product concentration is usually very long ( approximately 240 h). In this paper, we(More)
High-level expression and efficient assembly of hepatitis B surface Antigen (HBsAg) has been reported in Pichia pastoris by integrating a single copy of the HBsAg gene under control of the AOX1 promoter. To fully utilize the expression potential of the P. pastoris expression system, we investigated the influence of gene copy number on the expression of(More)
Scatchard analysis of equilibrium dialysis studies have revealed that in the presence of 3.0 mM MgCl2 and 150 mM KCl, calregulin has a single binding site for Ca2+ with an apparent dissociation constant (apparent Kd) of 0.05 microM and 14 binding sites for Zn2+ with apparent Kd(Zn2+) of 310 microM. Ca2+ binding to calregulin induces a 5% increase in the(More)
BACKGROUND The prevalence of diabetes is predicted to rise significantly in the coming decades. A recent analysis projects that by the year 2030 there will be ~366 million diabetics around the world, leading to an increased demand for inexpensive insulin to make this life-saving drug also affordable for resource poor countries. RESULTS A synthetic insulin(More)
The methylotrophic yeast, Pichia pastoris, has been used as a host to express the envelope protein (Den2E) of dengue type 2 virus (NGC strain) as a chimera with hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg): a protein known to self assemble into virus-like particles (VLPs) and to be efficiently expressed in P. pastoris. The Den2E gene used in this study is a(More)
A truncated version of the dengue virus type 2 envelope protein (Den2E) encoding the first 395 amino acid (aa) residues, and Den2E fused in-frame with the full-length 226-aa hepatitis B surface antigen (Den2E-HBsAg) protein were expressed in the methylotrophic yeast, Pichia pastoris. Both the recombinant proteins showed evidence of the capacity to form high(More)
BACKGROUND A protective immune response against Hepatitis B infection can be obtained through the administration of a single viral polypeptide, the Hepatitis B surface antigen (HBsAg). Thus, the Hepatitis B vaccine is generated through the utilization of recombinant DNA technology, preferentially by using yeast-based expression systems. However, the(More)
In vivo gene delivery using human adenovirus serotype 5 (AdV5) vectors is being explored for vaccination purposes. The presence of anti-AdV5 antibodies in human serum arising from natural exposure to AdV5 can interfere potentially with and compromise the efficacy of rAdV5-based vaccine vectors. In this report, a collection of 114 sera from healthy adult(More)
BACKGROUND Hepatitis B is a serious global public health concern. Though a safe and efficacious recombinant vaccine is available, its use in several resource-poor countries is limited by cost. We have investigated the production of Hepatitis B virus surface antigen (HBsAg) using the yeast Pichia pastoris GS115 by inserting the HBsAg gene into the alcohol(More)
Dengue is a re-emerging public health problem in many developing nations. There is neither a specific antiviral therapy to treat nor a licensed vaccine to prevent dengue infections. In recent years, the carboxy-terminal region of the major dengue virion envelope (E) protein, known as domain III, has emerged as a significant sub-unit vaccine candidate. In(More)