S. Tamizh Selvam

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It has been proposed that new transcription modulations can be achieved via topological coupling between duplex DNA and DNA secondary structures, such as G-quadruplexes, in gene promoters through superhelicity effects. Limited by available methodologies, however, such a coupling has not been quantified directly. In this work, using novel magneto-optical(More)
Due to the long-range nature of high-order interactions between distal components in a biomolecule, transition dynamics of tertiary structures is often too complex to profile using conventional methods. Inspired by the exploded view in mechanical drawing, here, we used laser tweezers to mechanically dissect high-order DNA structures into two constituting(More)
The separate arrangement of target recognition and signal transduction in conventional biosensors often compromises the real-time response and can introduce additional noise. To address these issues, we combined analyte recognition and signal reporting by mechanochemical coupling in a single-molecule DNA template. We incorporated a DNA hairpin as a(More)
Miscued communication often leads to misfolding and aggregation of the proteins involved in many diseases. Owing to the ensemble average property of conventional techniques, detailed communication diagrams are difficult to obtain. Mechanical unfolding affords an unprecedented perspective on cooperative transitions by observing a protein along a trajectory(More)
Collagen-nanoparticle interactions are vital for many biomedical applications including drug delivery and tissue engineering applications. Iron oxide nanoparticles synthesized using starch template according to our earlier reported procedures were functionalized by treating them with Gum Arabic (GA), a biocompatible polysaccharide, so as to enhance the(More)
Sensitivity of biosensors is set by the dissociation constant (Kd) between analytes and probes. Although potent amplification steps can be accommodated between analyte recognition and signal transduction in a sensor to improve the sensitivity 4-6 orders of magnitude below Kd, they compromise temporal resolution. Here, we demonstrated mechanochemical sensing(More)
Transitions of protein secondary structures, such as alpha-helices and beta-hairpins, are often too small and too fast to follow by many single-molecular approaches. Here we describe new population deconvolution methods to investigate the mechanical unfolding/refolding events in Trpzip β-hairpins that are tethered between two optically trapped polystyrene(More)
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