• K Pasupathy

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    • Characterization of mitochondrial DNA primase fromSaccharomyces cerevisiae

      V Murthy K Pasupathy

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      DNA primase from yeast mitochondria was shown to have a molecular weight of 67 kDa by SDS-PAGE and an S value of 5.5. It was shown to have preference for SS mitochondrial DNA especially fragments containing origins of replication, as a template to initiate DNA replication. Further examination of the enzyme showed its possible association with a ribonucleotide moiety essential for enzyme activity.

    • Mechanism of initiation of yeast mitochondrial DNA replication: Role of RNA polymerase

      Suzanne D’souza K Pasupathy

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      Yeast mitochondrial RNA polymerase was purified and resolved into 2 distinct fractions. Peak A was found to be nonspecific and exhibited characteristics of the core polymerase, whereas peak B exhibited characteristics of the holoenzyme.In vitro replication assays were carried out, using the peak B enzyme, the clonedori sequences and other DNA templates. It was found thatori 2 was the most efficient template for RNA polymerase primed DNA synthesis, as compared to all the other templates studied.

    • Phosphoinositide signal transduction pathway in rat liver mitochondria

      K Pasupathy M Krishna R K Bhattacharya

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      Phosphorylation of endogeneous phosholipids of rat liver mitochondrial fractions with γ[32P]ATP revealed formation of all the known inositol phospholipids, such as phosphatidylinositol, phosphatidylinositol phosphate and phosphatidylinositol bisphosphate. Additionally, a new inositol phospholipid was detected. Incorporation of [3H]-labelled insositol followed a similar profile. Enzymatic experiments indicated that the new lipid could possibly be phosphatidylinositol trisphosphate. The presence of phosphoinositides-generated second messengers such as diacylglycerol and inositol trisphosphate was also confirmed. Protein kinase C, which acts as mediator between second messengers and nuclear factors, was also found to be present in mitochondria in significant amount. These results suggest that phosphoinositide signal transduction pathway is operative in rat liver mitochondria.

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