Vani Brahmachari

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The sequencing of the complete genome of M. tuberculosis H37Rv has resulted in the recognition of four mce operons in its genome by in silico analysis. In an attempt to understand the significance of the redundancy of mce operons, we analyzed the expression profile of mce operons after different periods of growth in culture as well as during in vivo(More)
Homocysteine is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. It is also known to be associated with a variety of complex disorders. While there are a large number of independent studies implicating homocysteine in isolated pathways, the mechanism of homocysteine induced adverse effects are not clear. Homocysteine-induced modulation of gene(More)
The coccid insects (Hemiptera; Sternorrhyncha; Aphidiformes; Coccoidea; Pseudococcidae) are well suited to study not only the mechanisms of genomic imprinting but also facultative heterochromatization, a phenomenon well exemplified by inactivation of the X chromosome in female mammals. Coccids show sex-specific heterochromatization of an entire set of(More)
Epigenetic modifications, especially alteration in DNA methylation, are increasingly being recognized as a key factor in the pathogenesis of complex disorders, including atherosclerosis. However, there are limited data on the epigenetic changes in the coronary artery disease (CAD) patients. In the present study we evaluated the methylation status of genomic(More)
Mental retardation due to fragile X syndrome is one of the genetic disorders caused by triplet repeat expansion. CGG repeat involved in this disease is known to exhibit polymorphism even among normal individuals. Here we describe the development of suitable probes for detection of polymorphism in CGG repeat at FMR1 locus as well as the diagnosis of fragile(More)
Mammalian cell entry (mce) operons, implicated in the entry of mycobacteria into host cells, are present in pathogenic and saprophytic species. It is likely that the genes in these operons have functions other than those required for entry into host cells. Using in silico analysis we have identified domains within the mce operons that might justify their(More)
Global regulatory mechanisms involving chromatin assembly and remodelling in the promoter regions of genes is implicated in eukaryotic transcription control especially for genes subjected to spatial and temporal regulation. The potential to utilise global regulatory mechanisms for controlling gene expression might depend upon the architecture of the(More)
The homologues of yeast INO80 are identified across phyla from Caenorhabditis elegans to human. In Drosophila it has been shown that dINO80 forms a complex with Pleiohomeotic but does not interact with Hox PRE (polycomb responsive element). As some proteins of the INO80 complex are implicated in homeotic gene regulation, we examined if dINO80 is involved in(More)
The presence of 1-methyl adenine in transfer RNA is a feature that Mycobacterium smegmatis shares with only a few other prokaryotes. The enzyme 1-methyl adenine tRNA methyl transferase from this source has been purified and the preliminary results show the presence of two activity peaks with different substrate specificity.
Incomplete penetrance and variable expressivity are non-Mendelian phenomena resulting in the lack of correlation between genotype and phenotype. Not withstanding the diversity in mechanisms, differential expression of homologous alleles within cells manifests as variations in penetrance and expressivity of mutations between individuals of the same genotype.(More)