Pradeep Kumar Gupta

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Staphylococci are important causes of nosocomial and medical-device-related infections. Their virulence is attributed to the elaboration of biofilms that protect the organisms from immune system clearance and to increased resistance to phagocytosis and antibiotics. Photodynamic treatment (PDT) has been proposed as an alternative approach for the(More)
Anthrax toxin produced by Bacillus anthracis is a tripartite toxin comprising of protective antigen (PA), lethal factor (LF) and edema factor (EF). PA is the receptor-binding component, which facilitates the entry of LF or EF into the cytosol. EF is a calmodulin-dependent adenylate cyclase that causes edema whereas LF is a zinc metalloprotease and leads to(More)
Bcl-2 (B Cell Lymphoma) protein is an anti-apoptotic member of Bcl-2 family, which is comprised of pro- and anti-apoptotic members. It regulates cellular proliferation and death by inter- and intra-family interactions. It has a potential to suppress apoptotic cell death under variety of stress conditions by modulating mitochondrial transmembrane potential.(More)
Spinal abscess due to Aspergillus is rare. A young boy with chronic granulomatous disease and aspergillosis of the rib had been treated with antifungal treatment 3 months earlier. The patient presented with a brief history of progressive paraparesis. Imaging showed D9--11 vertebral involvement and destruction of the D10 vertebral body with angulation and a(More)
External and internal changes occurring during the process of germination of Bacillus anthracis spores were observed through atomic force microscopy (AFM) and transmission electron microscopy (TEM), respectively. AFM studies showed that in response to L-alanine (4 mM), as a germinant, the spore germinates into a vegetative cell in 3 hours. The temporal size(More)
We report the results of our investigations on the effect of antimicrobial photodynamic treatment (APDT) with poly-lysine-conjugated chlorin p6 (pl–cp6) on proinflammatory cytokine expression and wound healing in a murine excisional wound model infected with Pseudomonas aeruginosa. Treatment of infected wounds with pl–cp6 and light doses of 60 and 120 J/cm2(More)
Topographical alterations induced by Toluidine Blue O (TBO) mediated photodynamic treatment in Staphylococcus aureus and Escherichia coli was studied using atomic force microscopy (AFM). The AFM images showed distinct differences in the effect of photodynamic treatment on the morphology of S. aureus and E. coli. In S. aureus, photodynamic treatment with TBO(More)
A draft sequence of the genome of Brachypodium distachyon, the emerging grass model, was recently released. This represents a unique opportunity to determine its functional diversity compared to the genomes of other model species. Using homology mapping of assembled expressed sequence tags with chromosome scale pseudomolecules, we identified 128 alternative(More)
We report measurements of the concentration of NADH from malignant and non-malignant sites of tissues resected from patients suffering from cancer of the breast or oral cavity. The concentration of NADH was found to be significantly higher in malignant breast-tissue sites as compared with normal breast tissue, whereas the opposite result was obtained with(More)
Anthrax lethal factor (LF) is a Zn(+2)-dependent metalloprotease that cleaves several MAPK kinases and is responsible for the lethality of anthrax lethal toxin (LT). We observed that a recombinant LF (LF-HMA) which differs from wild type LF (LF-A) by the addition of two residues (His-Met) to the native Ala (A) terminus as a result of cloning manipulations(More)