Shweta Saran

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cAMP plays a pivotal role in control of cell movement, differentiation and response to stress in all phases of the Dictyostelium life cycle. The multitudinous functions of cAMP require precise spatial and temporal control of its production, degradation and detection. Many novel proteins have recently been identified that critically modulate the cAMP signal.(More)
Adenylyl cyclase G (ACG) is activated by high osmolality and mediates inhibition of spore germination by this stress factor. The catalytic domains of all eukaryote cyclases are active as dimers and dimerization often mediates activation. To investigate the role of dimerization in ACG activation, we coexpressed ACG with an ACG construct that lacked the(More)
We report the characterization of an unusual adenylyl cyclase gene from Plasmodium falciparum, here designated PfACalpha. The level of mRNA expression is maximum during development of gametocytes (the sexual blood stage of the parasite life cycle). The gene is highly interrupted by 22 introns, and reverse transcriptase-PCR analysis revealed that there are(More)
Encystation and sporulation are crucial developmental transitions for solitary and social amoebae, respectively. Whereas little is known of encystation, sporulation requires both extra- and intracellular cAMP. After aggregation of social amoebae, extracellular cAMP binding to surface receptors and intracellular cAMP binding to cAMP-dependent protein kinase(More)
cAMP plays a pivotal role in control of cell movement, differentiation and response to stress in all phases of the Dictyostelium life cycle. The multitudinous functions of cAMP require precise spatial and temporal control of its production, degradation and detection. Many novel proteins have recently been identified that critically modulate the cAMP signal.(More)
Peptide: N- glycanase (PNGase) enzyme cleaves oligosaccharides from the misfolded glycoproteins and prepares them for degradation. This enzyme plays a role in the endoplasmic reticulum associated degradation (ERAD) pathway in yeast and mice but its biological importance and role in multicellular development remain largely unknown. In this study, the PNGase(More)
Free-living amoebae of the cellular slime mouldDictyostelium discoideum aggregate when starved and give rise to a long and thin multicellular structure, the slug. The slug resembles a metazoan embryo, and as with other embryos it is possible to specify a fate map. In the case ofDictyostelium discoideum the map is especially simple: cells in the anterior(More)
Levels of intracellular calcium, (Ca(2+))(i), from different stages of cell cycle of Dictyostelium discoideum were monitored using the fluorescent Ca(2+)-sensitive dye, Indo 1. Combinations of Ca(2+)-ionophore (A23187) and Ca(2+)-chelator (EGTA) resulted in the inhibition of progression of cell cycle. This delay was caused due to block in G(2)/M-->S phase(More)
Dictyostelium discoideum exhibits the largest repository of polyketide synthase (PKS) proteins of all known genomes. However, the functional relevance of these proteins in the biology of this organism remains largely obscure. On the basis of computational, biochemical, and gene expression studies, we propose that the multifunctional Dictyostelium PKS(More)
Natural autophagy and autophagic cell death is being studied in the model system, D. discoideum, which has well known genetic and experimental advantages over the other known systems. There is no apoptotic machinery present in this organism which could interfere with the non-apoptotic cell death. The target of rapamycin (TOR) pathway is a major(More)