Neel Sarovar Bhavesh

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Microtubules are filamentous polymers essential for cell viability. Microtubule plus-end tracking proteins (+TIPs) associate with growing microtubule plus ends and control microtubule dynamics and interactions with different cellular structures during cell division, migration, and morphogenesis. EB1 and its homologs are highly conserved proteins that play(More)
Two triple resonance experiments, HNN and HN(C)N, are presented which correlate HN and 15N resonances sequentially along the polypeptide chain of a doubly (13C, 15N) labeled protein. These incorporate several improvements over the previously published sequences for a similar purpose and have several novel features. The spectral characteristics enable direct(More)
Microtubule plus-end tracking proteins (+TIPs) are involved in many microtubule-based processes. End binding (EB) proteins constitute a highly conserved family of +TIPs. They play a pivotal role in regulating microtubule dynamics and in the recruitment of diverse +TIPs to growing microtubule plus ends. Here we used a combination of methods to investigate(More)
The glyoxalase system constitutes the major pathway for the detoxification of metabolically produced cytotoxin methylglyoxal (MG) into a non-toxic metabolite D-lactate. Glyoxalase I (GLY I) is an evolutionarily conserved metalloenzyme requiring divalent metal ions for its activity: Zn(2+) in the case of eukaryotes or Ni(2+) for enzymes of prokaryotic(More)
Chloroplasts offer high-level transgene expression and transgene containment due to maternal inheritance, and are ideal hosts for biopharmaceutical biosynthesis via multigene engineering. To exploit these advantages, we have expressed 12 enzymes in chloroplasts for the biosynthesis of artemisinic acid (precursor of artemisinin, antimalarial drug) in an(More)
Sequence specific resonance assignment is the primary requirement for all investigations of proteins by NMR methods. In the present postgenomic era where structural genomics and protein folding have occupied the center stage of NMR research, there is a high demand on the speed of resonance assignment, whereas the presently available methods based either on(More)
A novel protocol, based on the HN(C)N experiment, has been developed for rapid assignment of backbone H(N) and (15)N resonances in ((15)N, (13)C) labeled proteins. The protocol exploits the directly observable (15)N and H(N) sequential correlations and the distinctive peak patterns in the different planes of the HN(C)N spectrum, depending upon the nature of(More)
A novel design of silk-based scaffold is developed using a custom-made winding machine, with fiber alignment resembling the anatomical criss-cross lamellar fibrous orientation features of the annulus fibrosus of the intervertebral disc. Crosslinking of silk fibroin fibers with chondroitin sulphate (CS) was introduced to impart superior biological(More)
Higher ordered structures formed by different DNA sequences have been widely investigated in recent years because of their implications in a variety of biological functions. Among these, G-quadruplexes have exhibited a great variety depending on the exact sequence, the lengths of the G-stretches, interception by other nucleotides, and environmental(More)
N-Acetylglucosamine (GlcNAc) is an important signaling molecule that plays multiple roles in Candida albicans. Induction of galactose metabolic pathway by GlcNAc is an intriguing aspect of C. albicans biology. In order to investigate the role of galactose metabolic genes (GAL genes) in presence of GlcNAc, we created knockouts of galactokinase (GAL1) and UDP(More)