Vimlesh Kumar

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We present some of the work performed in the GRASP Laboratory with the objective of deploying multi-robot teams in urban environments. Specifically, we focus on three important issues in this type of mission: the development of tools for providing situational awareness, the use of air and ground vehicles for cooperative sensing and the construction of radio(More)
Syndapins belong to the F-BAR domain protein family whose predicted functions in membrane tubulation remain poorly studied in vivo. At Drosophila neuromuscular junctions, syndapin is associated predominantly with a tubulolamellar postsynaptic membrane system known as the subsynaptic reticulum (SSR). We show that syndapin overexpression greatly expands this(More)
Syndapin is a conserved dynamin-binding protein, with predicted function in synaptic-vesicle endocytosis. Here, we combine genetic mutational analysis with in vivo cell biological assays to ask whether Drosophila syndapin (Synd) is an essential component of synaptic-vesicle recycling. The only isoform of Drosophila syndapin (synd) is broadly expressed and(More)
In all nervous systems, short-term enhancement of transmitter release is achieved by increasing the weights of unitary synapses; in contrast, long-term enhancement, which requires nuclear gene expression, is generally thought to be mediated by the addition of new synaptic vesicle release sites. In Drosophila motor neurons, induction of AP-1, a heterodimer(More)
Studies in cell-free systems and the lamprey giant synapse have implicated crucial roles for amphiphysin and endophilin in synaptic transmission. However, null mutants at the amphiphysin locus of Drosophila are viable and have no demonstrable synaptic vesicle-recycling defect. This has necessitated a re-examination of the role of Src homology 3(More)
Mutations in the EFHC1 gene have been linked to juvenile myoclonic epilepsy. To understand EFHC1 function in vivo, we generated knockout Drosophila for the fly homolog Defhc1.1. We found that the neuromuscular junction synapse of Defhc1.1 mutants displays an increased number of satellite boutons resulting in increased spontaneous neurotransmitter release.(More)
Mutations in Senataxin (SETX) gene causes two types of neurological disorders, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS4) and Ataxia with Oculomotor Apraxia type 2 (AOA2). Recent studies in cultured cells suggest that SETX plays a crucial role at the interface of transcription and the DNA damage response. Whether SETX can alter translational of specific RNA is(More)
BACKGROUND Mutations in the human Senataxin (hSETX) gene have been shown to cause two forms of neurodegenerative disorders - a dominant form called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis type 4 (ALS4) and a recessive form called ataxia with oculomotor apraxia type 2 (AOA2). SETX is a putative DNA/RNA helicase involved in RNA metabolism. Although several dominant(More)
The functional requirement of adapter protein 2 (AP2) complex in synaptic membrane retrieval by clathrin-mediated endocytosis is not fully understood. Here we isolated and functionally characterized a mutation that dramatically altered synaptic development. Based on the aberrant neuromuscular junction (NMJ) synapse, we named this mutation angur (a Hindi(More)
A vehicular ad hoc network (VANET) utilizes vehicles as mobile nodes in a MANET to constitute a mobile network. Many routing protocols for MANETs have been proposed in this way. Amongst the most prevalent ones are Adhoc On-demand Distance Vector (AODV) and Dynamic Source Routing (DSR) protocol. All existing protocols that work effectively in MANETs do not(More)