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The model white rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium has the extraordinary ability to degrade (to CO(2)) lignin and detoxify a variety of chemical pollutants. Whole genome sequencing of this fungus has revealed the presence of the largest P450ome in fungi comprising approx. 150 P450 genes, most of which have unknown function. On the basis of our(More)
The binding of Schiff base complexes of chromium(III) of the type [Cr(salen)(H(2)O)(2)](+) and [Cr(salprn)(H(2)O)(2)](+), where salen denotes 1,2-bis(salicylideneamino)ethane and salprn denotes 1,3-bis(salicylideneamino)propane to calf thymus DNA has been investigated by absorption, emission, circular dichroism, melting temperature and viscosity(More)
Acid-base dissociation constants (pK(a) values) are important in understanding the chemical, environmental and toxicological properties of molecules. Though various methods have been developed to predict pK(a) by experimental and theoretical models, prediction of pK(a) is still complicated. Hence, a new approach for predicting pK(a) using the group(More)
C60-fullerene has promising biological applications, such as drug delivery, biosensors, diagnosis and theraupetics. Despite of these applications, several in vitro studies have also reported the DNA damaging potential of this nanomaterial. Though, very little is known about the mechanism involved behind the fullerene mediated DNA damage. Our study was aimed(More)
A new Cr(III) complex with the empirical formula [Cr(Schiff base) (H(2)O)(2)]ClO(4), where the Schiff base is 2, 3-bis¿[(2-hydroxy-4-diethylamino) (phenyl) (methylene)]amino¿2-butenedinitrile has been synthesized and characterized spectroscopically. Binding of this complex to DNA has been studied using UV-visible spectroscopy. The complex has been found to(More)
Collagen, a unique connective tissue protein finds extensive application as biocompatible biomaterial in wound healing, as drug carriers, cosmetics, etc. A work has been undertaken to study the stabilization of type I collagen using the plant polyphenol catechin. Catechin treated collagen fibres showed a shrinkage temperature around 70 degrees C implying(More)
A molecular dynamics (MD) simulation study has been carried out to understand the stability of the triple helical collagen models. The calculations show that the presence of the aspartic acid residue in different positions leads to the local variation in the structure. Analyses of root-mean-square deviation (RMSD), radial distribution function (RDF),(More)
The purpose of this study is to probe the suitability of DFT based chemical reactivity parameter, electrophilicity index as a possible biological activity descriptor in the development of QSAR. Testosterone derivatives with activity described in terms of various biological activity parameters and the estrogen derivatives by relative binding affinity (RBA)(More)
Studies on the structure and stability of peptides and proteins during l-->d configurational change are certainly important for the designing of peptides with new biological activity and protein engineering. The l-->d amino acid (d AA) changes have been observed in aged proteins such as collagen. Hence, in this study, an attempt has been made to explore the(More)
Electrophilicity is one of the cardinal chemical reactivity descriptors successfully employed in various molecular reactivity studies within a structure-activity relationship parlance. The applications of this quantity in the modeling of toxicological properties have inspired us to perform a more exhaustive study in order to test and/or to validate the(More)