Rajkrishna Mondal

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The repressor protein and cognate operator DNA of any temperate Staphylococcus aureus phage have not been investigated in depth, despite having the potential to enrich the molecular biology of the staphylococcal system. In the present study, using the extremely pure repressor of temperate Staphylococcus aureus phage phi11 (CI), we demonstrate that CI is(More)
Proteins expressed by the bacterial cold shock genes are highly conserved at sequence level and perform various biological functions in both the cold-stressed and normal cells. To study the effects of various agents on the cold shock genes of Staphylococcus aureus, we have cloned the upstream region of cspC from S. aureus Newman and found that the above(More)
Of the three cold shock proteins expressed by Staphylococcus aureus, CspC is induced poorly by cold but strongly by various antibiotics and toxic chemicals. Using a purified CspC, here we demonstrate that it exists as a monomer in solution, possesses primarily β-sheets, and bears substantial structural similarity with other bacterial Csps. Aggregation of(More)
The primary sigma factor (sigma(A)) of Staphylococcus aureus, a potential drug target, was little investigated at the structural level. Using an N-terminal histidine-tagged sigma(A) (His-sigma(A)), here we have demonstrated that it exits as a monomer in solution, possesses multiple domains, harbors primarily alpha-helix and efficiently binds to a S. aureus(More)
Previously, the repressor protein of mycobacteriophage L1 bound to two operator DNAs with dissimilar affinity. Surprisingly, the putative operator consensus sequence, 5'GGTGGa/cTGTCAAG, lacks the dyad symmetry reported for the repressor binding operators of lambda and related phages. To gain insight into the structure of the L1 repressor-asymmetric operator(More)
FKBP22, a protein expressed by Escherichia coli, possesses PPIase (peptidyl-prolyl cis-trans isomerase) activity, binds FK506 (an immunosuppressive drug), and shares homology with Legionella Mip (a virulence factor) and its related proteins. To understand the domain structure and the folding-unfolding mechanism of Mip-like proteins, we investigated a(More)
The temperate Staphylococcus aureus phage Phi11 harbors cI and cro repressor genes similar to those of lambdoid phages. Using extremely pure Phi11 Cro (the product of the Phi11 cro gene) we demonstrated that this protein possesses a single domain structure, forms dimers in solution at micromolar concentrations and maintains a largely alpha-helical structure(More)
Previously, various inhibitors of cell wall synthesis induced the drp35 gene of Staphylococcus aureus efficiently. To determine whether drp35 could be exploited in antistaphylococcal drug discovery, we cloned the promoter of drp35 (P(d)) and developed different biological assay systems using an engineered S. aureus strain that harbors a(More)
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