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Molecular Reproduction, Development and Genetics (mrdg)
Cyclic AMP In Mycobacteria Adenylyl Cyclases And Cyclic AMP Receptor Proteins - Sharma, Ritu
The discovery of cyclic AMP (cAMP), nearly 50 years ago by Sutherland radically altered the appreciation of metabolic regulation. Since then the presence of cAMP and its tremendous physiological impact has been demonstrated in many prokaryotic systems. In fact, virulence mechanisms of several pathogens known today exploit cAMP dependent pathways. Interestingly the genome of Mycobacterium tuberculosis H37Rv, the causative agent of tuberculosis, encodes as many as 16 adenylyl cyclases (enzymes that convert ATP to 3’, 5’-cAMP) and 10 cyclic-nucleotide binding proteins. Recent reports show that bacterial-derived cAMP manipulates host signaling for bacterial survival, suggesting an important role for cAMP in...
Studies On Intracrine Regulators Of Ovarian Function : Examination Of Progesterone Action On Structure And Function Of Corpus Luteum In The Monkey - Suresh, P S
The control of reproductive cycles in higher primates is largely dependent on negative and positive feedback mechanisms by both steroidal and non-steroidal substances of the ovaries which regulate the function of hypothalamo-pituitary system. To gain insights into the role of INH A, the non steroidal ovarian hormone in the feedback control of pituitary FSH secretion, studies were conducted to examine the interrelationships of hormones throughout the menstrual cycle of the bonnet macaque. The findings of chapter II provide a detailed description of endocrine hormone profile during the menstrual cycle of the bonnet macaques with special attention to the feedback role...
Characterization Of Down Regulated Genes In Astrocytoma - Bhanja, Poulomi
Gliomas are the most common primary brain tumors and include astrocytomas, oligodendrogliomas and oligoastrocytomas. Astrocytomas have a high frequency of occurrence as compared to the other gliomas and several studies including ours have focused on understanding the etiology, biology and genetics of this disease. Based on the degree of malignancy, astrocytomas have been graded from I to IV. Grade I or pilocytic astrocytomas are benign tumors and have limited infiltration. On the contrary, Grade II-IV astrocytomas also referred to as diffusely infiltrating astrocytomas (DA, Grade II), anaplastic astrocytomas (AA, Grade III) and glioblastoma multiforme (GBM, Grade IV), have the tendency...
A Study Of The Roles Played By The Trishanku Gene In The Morphogenesis Of Dictyostelium Discoideum - Mujumdar, Nameeta
A hallmark feature of Dictyostelium development is the establishment and maintenance of precise cell-type proportions. In the case of D. discoideum, roughly 20% of the cells that aggregate form the stalk while the remaining 80% form the spores. In order to identify genes involved in cell-type proportioning Jaiswal et al. (2006) carried out random insertional mutagenesis (REMI) of the D. discoideum genome. This led to the identification of a novel gene, which was named trishanku (triA). A knock-out of triA did not show any defects during growth and early development but multiple defects later during development.
To understand the reasons for...
Molecular Characterization Of The SLC22A18AS Gene From The Imprinted Human Chromosome Segment 11p15.5 - Bajaj, Vineeta
The imprinting status of the SLC22A18AS gene, located in the human chromosome segment 11p15.5, was studied using PCR-SSCP analysis and fetal tissues from a battery of 17 abortuses. This gene showed monoallelic expression (genomic imprinting) in different tissues from two abortuses which were heterozygous for an SNP (c.473G>A) in its coding region. This gene was found to be paternally imprinted (maternally expressed) in five tissues namely lung, liver, brain, kidney and placenta from an abortus. The parental origin of the expressed allele could not be determined in the second abortus as both the mother and the abortus were heterozygous for...
Epigenetic Regulators Of Development In The Social Amoeba Dictyostellium Discoideum : The Roles Played By Histone Deacetylases And Heat Shock Protein 90 - Sawarkar, Ritwick
The major evolutionary transition from single-celled to multicellular life is believed to have occurred independently of the main metazoan lineages in the cellular slime moulds, of which Dictyostelium discoideum is the best-studied species. Unusually, in this case multicellular development is a facultative trait and part of an asexual life cycle. It is triggered by starvation and involves aggregation of hitherto independent and possibly unrelated free-living cells. The consequences of multicellularity in D.discoideum are strongly influenced by the environment and meaningful external perturbations are easily carried out. This makes the organism ideally suited to a study of epigenetic factors that regulate...
Characterization Of Human Mammary Stem Cells Grown As Mammospheres - Dey, Devaveena
Adult stem cells are a small population present within several tissues of an individual, possessing two unique properties: one, the ability to differentiate to give rise to all the cell types of the tissue, and second, the ability to self-renew and make more of their own kind. Owing to these two properties, stem cells underlie the process of organogenesis during development and tissue homeostasis in adult life. In the past decade a small sub-population of cells having phenotypic and functional properties similar to normal stem cells have been identified within several tumors. Only this sub-population of cancer cells seems to...
Biochemical And Functional Characterization Of Evolutionarily Conserved Metallophosphoesterases The 239FB/AB Family - Tyagi, Richa
With the advent of large scale genome sequencing efforts along with more sophisticated methods of genetic mapping, a number of loci have been identified that are associated with human diseases. Intriguingly, many genes identified in these loci remain uncharacterized. Although current annotation can provide a prediction of putative function of some of these proteins at a biochemical level, understanding their cellular roles require analysis at a single gene level.
Bioinformatic analysis carried out in the laboratory during studies on cyclic nucleotide metabolism in mycobacteria identified putative Class III cyclic nucleotide phosphodiesterases (Class III cNMP PDEs) from the non-redundant database of...
Aromatic Beta-Glucoside Utilization In Shigella Sonnei : Comparison With The Escherichia Coli Paradigm - Desai, Stuti
The aromatic beta-glucosides of plant origin, salicin and arbutin, serve as carbon sources for the sustenance of bacteria when ‘preferred’ sugars are absent in the environment. In the family Enterobacteriaceae, there are varied patterns for utilization of these beta-glucosides, wherein, in some members the ability to utilize salicin or arbutin is cryptic while in others it is completely absent. Escherichia coli harbors silent or cryptic genetic systems for the utilization of arbutin and salicin, which are activated by spontaneous mutation(s). Of these systems, the bgl operon of E.coli has been used as a paradigm for silent genes and extensive studies...
Studies On Growth And Development Of The Ovarian Dominant Follicle In Monovulatory Species : Analysis Of Transcriptional Changes And Factors Influencing Periovulatory Events - Rao, Jyotsna U
In response to LH surge, the selected dominant follicle undergoes a series of complex events viz., meiotic maturation of the oocyte, terminal differentiation of follicular cells, cumulus expansion and follicular rupture leading to ovulation (release of fertilizable oocyte) and formation of corpus luteum. These complex set of events are mediated by dramatic changes in the temporo-spatial transcriptional regulation of a large number of genes in the preovularory follicle. In the present thesis, attempts have been made to delineate the transcriptional changes occurring in the periovulatory follicle in response to gonadotropin surge in monovulatory species (bonnet monkeys and buffalo cows). Further,...
Identification Of Domains Of The Follicle Stimulating Hormone Receptor Involved In Hormone Binding And Signal Transduction - Agrawal, Gaurav
The glycoprotein hormones, Luteinizing Hormone (LH), human Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) are heterodimeric proteins with an identical α-subunit associated noncovalently with the hormone specific β-subunit and play important roles in reproduction and overall physiology of the organism (Pierce & Parsons, 1981). The receptors of these hormones belong to the family of G-protein coupled receptors (GPCR) and have a large extracellular domain (ECD)comprising of 9-10 leucine rich repeats (LRR) followed by a flexible hinge region, a seven helical transmembrane domain (TMD) and a C terminal cytoplasmic tail (Vassart et al, 2004). Despite significant...
Mapping Of Glycoprotein Hormone-Receptor Interactions Using Hormone Analogs And Antibodies - Roy, Satarupa
The glycoprotein hormone family comprising of Luteinizing Hormone (LH), Chorionic Gonadotropin (hCG), Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) plays important role in reproduction and overall physiology of the organism. These hormones are heterodimeric molecules consisting of an identical α subunit non-covalently associated with the hormone-specific β subunit. Both subunits of all these hormones are N-glycosylated. In addition, hCGβ subunit also has four O-linked oligosaccharides located at the C-terminus of the polypeptide(1). The α and β subunits of all these hormones contain five and six disulfide bonds respectively and the crystal structures of hCG and hFSH indicate that...