Sandip Samaddar

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Natural and synthetic membrane active antibacterial agents offer hope as potential solutions to the problem of bacterial resistance as the membrane-active nature imparts low propensity for the development of resistance. In this report norspermidine based antibacterial molecules were developed that displayed excellent antibacterial activity against various(More)
The emergence of bacterial resistance and biofilm associated infections has created a challenging situation in global health. In this present state of affairs where conventional antibiotics are falling short of being able to provide a solution to these problems, development of novel antibacterial compounds possessing the twin prowess of antibacterial and(More)
Bacterial biofilms represent the root-cause of chronic or persistent infections in humans. Gram-negative bacterial infections due to nosocomial and opportunistic pathogens such as Acinetobacter baumannii are more difficult to treat because of their inherent and rapidly acquiring resistance to antibiotics. Due to biofilm formation, A. baumannii has been(More)
Rationally designed amphiphilic small molecules selectively kill drug-sensitive and drug-resistant bacteria over mammalian cells. The small molecules disperse preformed biofilms and reduce viable bacterial count in the biofilms. Moreover, this class of membrane-active molecules disarms the development of bacterial resistance.
Treating bacterial biofilms with conventional antibiotics is limited due to ineffectiveness of the drugs and higher propensity to develop bacterial resistance. Development of new classes of antibacterial therapeutics with alternative mechanisms of action has become imperative. Herein, we report the design, synthesis, and biological evaluations of novel(More)
Cationic-amphiphilic antibacterial polymers with optimal amphiphilicity generally target the bacterial membranes instead of mammalian membranes. To date, this balance has been achieved by varying the cationic charge or side chain hydrophobicity in a variety of cationic-amphiphilic polymers. Optimal hydrophobicity of cationic-amphiphilic polymers has been(More)
Vancomycin, the drug of last resort for Gram-positive bacterial infections, has also been rendered ineffective by the emergence of resistance in such bacteria. To combat the threat of vancomycin-resistant bacteria (VRB), we report the development of a dipicolyl-vancomycin conjugate (Dipi-van), which leads to enhanced inhibition of cell-wall biosynthesis in(More)
Copy number variation (CNV) is a form of structural alteration in the mammalian DNA sequence, which are associated with many complex neurological diseases as well as cancer. The development of next generation sequencing (NGS) technology provides us a new dimension towards detection of genomic locations with copy number variations. Here we develop an(More)
Resistance to glycopeptide antibiotics, the drugs of choice for life-threatening bacterial infections, is on the rise. In order to counter the threat of glycopeptide-resistant bacteria, we report development of a new class of semi-synthetic glycopeptide antibiotics, which not only target the bacterial membrane but also display enhanced inhibition of(More)