Ramesh Golla

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Resting human platelets contain approximately 0.3 mM unpolymerized actin. When freshly drawn and washed platelets are treated with saponin, 85-90% of the unpolymerized actin diffuses out. Analysis by polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis under nondenaturing conditions shows that the bulk of this unpolymerized actin migrates with a higher mobility than does(More)
In several cell types, short-term increases in the concentration of the G-actin-sequestering peptide thymosin-beta4 (Tbeta4) cause the disassembly of F-actin bundles. To determine the extent of cell adaptability to these reductions in F-actin, we overexpressed Tbeta4 in NIH 3T3 cells. In cell lines with Tbeta4 levels twice those of vector controls, G-actin(More)
Thymosin beta 4 (T beta 4) binds to G-actin in vitro and inhibits actin polymerization. We studied the effects of increasing T beta 4 concentration within living PtK2 cells, comparing its effects on the disassembly of stress fibers and membrane-associated actin with its ability to inhibit cytokinesis and cell spreading after mitosis. We chose PtK2 cells for(More)
When resting human blood platelets are stimulated with thrombin, 50 to 60% of the G-actin polymerizes to F-actin within 60 seconds. The increase in F-actin is correlated with a corresponding decrease in the complex of G-actin with T beta 4. Within 5 seconds after stimulation, nucleation sites for pyrene actin polymerization increase 1.5 times in(More)
Camelina sativa L. is an emerging biofuel crop with potential applications in industry, medicine, cosmetics and human nutrition. The crop is unexploited owing to very limited availability of transcriptome and genomic data. In order to analyse the various metabolic pathways, we performed de novo assembly of the transcriptome on Illumina GAIIX platform with(More)
Frataxin is a conserved mitochondrial protein deficient in patients with Friedreich's ataxia. Frataxin has been implicated in control of iron homoeostasis and Fe-S cluster assembly. In yeast or human mitochondria, frataxin interacts with components of the Fe-S cluster synthesis machinery, including the cysteine desulfurase Nfs1, accessory protein Isd11 and(More)
In the present study, we have cloned a gene encoding JcMT2a protein from Jatropha curcas L., a promising biofuel tree species. Full length sequence of JcMT2a gene was isolated using RACE PCR. Heterologous expression of JcMT2a in Escherichia coli and its purification has shown distinct bands corresponding to the GST and GST-fused JcMT2a protein. Significant(More)
Cysteine desulfurases abstract sulfur from the substrate cysteine, generate a covalent persulfide on the active site cysteine of the enzyme, and then donate the persulfide sulfur to various recipients such as Fe-S clusters. In Saccharomyces cerevisiae, the Nfs1p protein is the only known cysteine desulfurase, and it forms a complex with Isd11p(More)
To investigate the function of vinculin in blood platelets, we studied its localization in relation to other cytoskeletal proteins as well as its state of phosphorylation in platelets allowed to spread on fibrinogen-coated surfaces. By 5 minutes after loading the platelets onto the surfaces the 47 and 20 kDa polypeptides became phosphorylated, indicating(More)
Capping of the barbed-ends of actin filaments is an important mechanism for control of the cytoskeleton. In platelets, a valuable model system, it has been thought that gelsolin was the major capping protein. We now report that platelets contain approximately 2 microM Cap Z, a calcium insensitive heterodimeric capping protein; two major and additional minor(More)