Suchandra Balachandran

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This study describes how Achromobacter denitrificans strain SP1, a novel isolate from heavily plastics-contaminated sewage sludge efficiently consumed the hazardous plasticizer, di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) as carbon source supplemented in a simple basal salt medium (BSM). Response surface methodology was employed for the statistical optimization of the(More)
Photoacclimation was studied in tobacco leaves (Nicotiana tabacum cv Xanthi) infected with two strains of tobacco mosaic virus (TMV) and grown under different light and nitrogen nutrition regimes. Photosynthetic acclimation measured by the quantum yield and the maximum rate in saturating light of C02-saturated photosynthesis was impaired to a greater extent(More)
This unique study describes how Aspergillus japonicus, Penicillium brocae and Purpureocillium lilacinum, three novel isolates of our laboratory from heavily plastics-contaminated soil completely utilized the plasticizer di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) bound to PVC blood storage bags (BB) in simple basal salt medium (BSM) by static submerged growth (28 °C).(More)
Diastase α-amylase extracted from malt, catalyses break down of starch into maltose. It is commonly used in food and fermentation industry. In the present study nano zinc oxide is used as support for this starch hydrolyzing enzyme. IR study revealed that the enzyme got adsorbed via electrostatic interaction with the functional groups on the support. The(More)
Phthalic acid esters or phthalates are ubiquitous environmental pollutants known for their adverse health effects in test animals and, of late, in humans. Thus, in this molecular docking study - using Glide (Schrödinger) - the molecular interactions of 31 ligands, including 12 diphthalates, their monophthalates and phthalic acid with selected human(More)
Naturally, occurring compounds with MAO inhibitory property may provide promising lead molecules against neurodegenerative disorders. We report MAO inhibitory activity of a naturally occurring coumarin (validated chemical scaffold as MAO inhibitors), scopoletin. It selectively (and reversibly) inhibits human (Ki = 20.7 μM) and mouse (Ki = 22 μM) MAO-B, ∼3.5(More)
This exhaustive in silico study looks into the molecular interactions of phthalates and their metabolites with human peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor (hPPAR) and retinoid X receptor (hRXR) α, β and γ subtypes--the nuclear receptor proteins function as transcription factors by regulating the expression of downstream genes. Apart from the much(More)
This first report describes the purification and identification of an orange-red pigment produced by Achromobacter denitrificans strain SP1 (isolated from sewage sludge heavily contaminated with plastics) during its growth in a simple basal salt medium supplemented with the hazardous di(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate (DEHP) blended in PVC blood bag (in situ) or(More)
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