Trushar R Patel

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A strain of Pseudomonas putida that can utilize naphthalene as its sole source of carbon and energy was isolated from soil. A mutant strain of this organism, P. putida 119, when grown on glucose in the presence of naphthalene, accumulates optically pure (+)-cis-1(R),2(S)-dihydroxy-1,2-dihydronaphthalene in the culture medium. The cis relative(More)
BACKGROUND Agrin is the key inducer of postsynaptic differentiations at the neuromuscular junction. The multidomain heparan sulfate proteoglycan is mediating via its N-terminal segment the interaction with laminin, whereas the C-terminal portion is responsible for Dystroglycan binding and clustering of the Acetylcholine receptor. Matrix metalloproteinases(More)
Cells of Pseudomonas putida, after growth with naphthalene as sole source of carbon and energy, contain an enzyme that oxidizes (+)-cis-1(r),2(s)-dihydroxy-1,2-dihydronaphthalene to 1,2-dihydroxynaphthalene. The purified enzyme has a molecular weight of 102,000 and apparently consists of four 25,500 molecular weight subunits. The enzyme is specific for(More)
HIV-1 naturally infects chimpanzees and humans, but does not infect Old World monkeys because of replication blocks that occur after virus entry into the cell. To understand the species-specific restrictions operating on HIV-1 infection, the ability of HIV-1 to infect the cells of New World monkeys was examined. Primary cells derived from common marmosets(More)
This investigation demonstrates an increase in endothelin (ET)-mediated vascular tone in peri-ischemic areas after experimental focal cerebral ischemia (middle cerebral artery occlusion) in the cat. Adventitial application of the butenolide antagonist PD155080 (30 microM), after MCA occlusions resulted in marked increases in caliber of dilated (10.6 +/-(More)
The pathway for the aerobic catabolism of 1,3,5-trihydroxybenzene (phloroglucinol) by a new strain of Penicillium was investigated using both in vivo and in vitro cell-free systems. The fungal strain was isolated by enrichment on phloroglucinol and identified as P. simplicissimum (Oud) Thom. It grew optimally at pH 5.5 and 27°C with 119 mM (1.5%w/v) of(More)
The physiological importance of weak interactions between biological macromolecules (molar dissociation constants >10 microM) is now well recognized, particularly with regard to cell adhesion and immunological phenomena, and many weak interactions have been measured for proteins. The concomitant importance of carbohydrate-carbohydrate interactions has also(More)
Cells of Pseudomonas putida NP, Pseudomonas species (NCIB 9816), and a Nocardia species, after growth on naphthalene as sole source of carbon and energy, contain a nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+)-dependent enzyme that oxidizes cis-dihydrodiols of mono- and polycyclic aromatic compounds. Similarly, cells of a strain of P. putida biotype A, when(More)
A Rhodococcus sp. BPG-8 produces 1,2,4-benzenetriol during the transformation of resorcinol by phloroglucinol induced cell-free extract. The oxidation of 1,2,4-benzenetriol to 2-hydroxy-1,4-benzoquinone produces superoxide radicals that may have potential deleterious effects on cellular integrity. It has been shown that both superoxide dismutase (SOD) and(More)
Netrin-1 has been shown to be up-regulated in a fraction of human cancers as a mechanism to allow these tumors to escape the pro-apoptotic activity of some of its main dependence receptors, the UNC5 homologs (UNC5H). Here we identify the V-2 domain of netrin-1 to be important for its interaction with the Ig1/Ig2 domains of UNC5H2. We generate a humanized(More)