Rajdeep Choudhury

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An aprotinin sensitive serine protease was identified in the culture supernatant of the Indian strain of Leishmania donovani (MHOM/IN/1983/AG83). The protease was subsequently purified and characterized. The apparent molecular mass of the enzyme was 115 kDa in SDS-PAGE under non-reducing condition, while on reduction it showed a 56 kDa protein band(More)
Using calpastatin antibody we have identified a 145 kDa major band along with two relatively minor bands at 120 kDa and 110 kDa calpastatin molecules in bovine pulmonary artery smooth muscle mitochondria. To the best of our knowledge this is first report regarding the identification of calpastatin in mitochondria. We also demonstrated the presence of(More)
Treatment of microsomes (preferentially enriched with endoplasmic reticulum) isolated from bovine pulmonary artery smooth muscle tissue with H2O2 (1 mM) markedly stimulated matrix metalloproteinase activity and also inhibited Na+ dependent Ca2+ uptake. Electron micrograph revealed that H2O2 (1 mM) does not cause any damage to the microsomes. MMP-2 and(More)
Two novel intracellular proteases having identical molecular mass (58 kDa) were purified from virulent Indian strain of Leishmania donovani by a combination of aprotinin-agarose affinity chromatography, ion exchange chromatography and finally continuous elution electrophoresis. Both of these proteases migrate in SDS-PAGE as a single homogeneous bands(More)
Proteases have been found to play essential roles in many biological processes, including the pathogenesis of leishmaniasis. Most parasites rely on their intracellular and extracellular protease repertoire to invade and multiply in mammalian host cells. However, few studies have addressed serine proteases in Leishmania and their role in host pathogenesis.(More)
Visceral leishmaniasis caused by the intracellular parasite Leishmania donovani is a major public health problem in the developing world. The emergence of increasing number of L. donovani strains resistance to antimonial drugs recommended worldwide requires the intervention of effective vaccine strategy for treatment of VL. In the present study L. donovani(More)
Flow cytometry is a valuable tool in phycological studies. However, endogenous cellular compounds like nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide and chlorophyll a and b autofluoresce, potentially interfering with fluorescent markers. Furthermore, autofluorescent properties are not uniform across algae, nor are their effects consistent in different cytometers. The(More)
Programmed cell death (PCD) is an ancient phenomenon and its origin and maintenance in unicellular life is unclear. We report that programmed death provides differential fitness effects that are species specific in the model organism Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. Remarkably, PCD in this organism not only benefits others of the same species, but also has an(More)
Treatment of bovine pulmonary artery smooth muscle microsomes with tert-butylhydroperoxide (t-buOOH) (300 microM) markedly stimulated matrix metalloproteinase-2 (MMP-2) activity and enhanced Ca(2+)-ATPase activity and ATP-dependent Ca2+ uptake. Pre-treatment with vit. E (1 mM) and tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-2 (TIMP-2) (50 microg/ml) prevented(More)
Proteases have been considered as an important group of targets for development of antiprotozoal drugs due to their essential roles in host-parasite interactions, parasite immune evasion, life cycle transition and pathogenesis of parasitic diseases. The development of potent and selective serine protease inhibitors targeting L. donovani secretory serine(More)
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