Taposh Kumar Das

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Mycobacterium tuberculosis faces various stressful conditions inside the host and responds to them through a coordinated regulation of gene expression. We had previously reported identification of the virS gene of M. tuberculosis (Rv3082c) belonging to the AraC family of transcriptional regulators. In the current study, we show that the seven genes(More)
We have investigated the IFN-mediated inhibition of human parainfluenza virus-3 (HPIV-3) replication in cultured human A549 cells. IFN-alpha inhibited the virus yield significantly with concomitant reduction of viral RNA accumulation by more than 90%. Further studies indicated that the inhibitory action of IFN was at the level of primary transcription of(More)
The phosphoprotein P gene of measles virus (Edmonston strain) has been cloned in the Escherichia coli expression vector pET-3a with a histidine tag at the C-terminal end. The expressed protein was soluble, unphosphorylated, and constituted 10 to 20% of total cellular protein. Recombinant P protein purified by Ni-affinity chromatography was found to be(More)
Two-component systems play a central role in the adaptation of pathogenic bacteria to the environment prevailing within host tissues. The genes encoding the response regulator DevR (Rv3133c/DosR) and the cytoplasmic portion (DevS(201)) of the histidine kinase DevS (Rv3132c/DosS), a putative two-component system of Mycobacterium tuberculosis, were cloned and(More)
The devR-devS two-component system of Mycobacterium tuberculosis was identified earlier and partially characterized in our laboratory. A devR::kan mutant of M. tuberculosis was constructed by allelic exchange. The devR mutant strain showed reduced cell-to-cell adherence in comparison to the parental strain in laboratory culture media. This phenotype was(More)
Plasmodium vivax is most common but non-cultivable human malaria parasite which is poorly characterized at the molecular level. Here, we describe the identification and characterization of a P. vivax Tryptophan-Rich Antigen (PvTRAg) which contains unusually high (8.28%) tryptophan residues and is expressed by all blood stages of the parasite. The pvtrag(More)
BACKGROUND Diagnosis of Budd-Chiari syndrome (BCS) is often missed unless its possibility has been kept in mind. Obstruction of inferior vena cava (IVC) is reportedly the most frequent cause of BCS in Afro-Asian variety. AIM An attempt was made to classify BCS (in an eastern Indian population) etiopathologically. PATIENTS AND METHODS Thirty consecutive(More)
Phosphorylation by casein kinase II at three specific residues (S-60, T-62, and S-64) within the acidic domain I of the P protein of Indiana serotype vesicular stomatitis virus has been shown to be critical for in vitro transcription activity of the viral RNA polymerase (P-L) complex. To examine the role of phosphorylation of P protein in transcription as(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic arsenic toxicity, producing various clinical manifestations, is currently epidemic in West Bengal, India, Bangladesh, and other regions of the world. 2,3-Dimercapto-1-propanesulfonate, a chelating agent, increases excretion of arsenic in urine to several times the prechelation concentration but the therapeutic efficacy of(More)