Nicholas Coldham

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Methionine can be used as the sole sulfur source by the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex although it is not obvious from examination of the genome annotation how these bacteria utilize methionine. Given that genome annotation is a largely predictive process, key challenges are to validate these predictions and to fill in gaps for known functions for which(More)
Previous work on the population structure of Mycobacterium bovis strains in Great Britain has identified highly successful clones which are expanding across the country. One such clone, designated M. bovis type 17, differs from all other members of the Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex in having a region of deletion, termed RDbovis(d)_0173, of seven genes(More)
To better understand the global effects of "natural" lesions in genes involved in the pyruvate metabolism in Mycobacterium bovis, null mutations were made in the Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv ald and pykA genes to mimic the M. bovis situation. Like M. bovis, the M. tuberculosis DeltapykA mutant yielded dysgonic colonies on solid medium lacking pyruvate,(More)
Genistein is a phytoestrogen-a plant-derived compound that binds to and activates the estrogen receptor-occurring at high levels in soy beans and food products, leading to widespread human exposure. The numerous scientific publications available describing genistein's dosimetry, mechanisms of action, and identified or putative health effects in both(More)
Cytosols of human breast tumours have been assayed for DNA dependent DNA polymerase alpha activity. DNA polymerase alpha activity in benign tumours was found to be significantly lower than in untreated malignant tumours. Biopsy samples removed surgically before and after endocrine therapy showed reduced DNA polymerase alpha activity in 6 out of 9 patients(More)
Over 230 serovars of Leptospira interrogans have been identified; however few have been completely characterised. The aim of this study was to characterise the proteome of serovar Canicola and to compare this against the serovars of Copenhageni and Pomona. 2D-LC/MS analysis identified 1653 Leptospira proteins in serovar Canicola; 60 of these proteins were(More)
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