Research Groups

Transcriptional Regulation

Research Interests and Description

Group Leader: Neel Sarovar Bhavesh, PhD
Group Members

Research Interests

Structure, dynamics and folding of protein-RNA and protein-protein complexes: Metabolomics

Description of Research

Molecular mechanism of protein-RNA interactions
The main theme of the group is to understand molecular mechanism of interactions between protein and RNA that exhibit a wide spectrum of sequence and shape specificity. The understanding of molecular mechanism of the interaction by highly conserved and abundant RRM proteins will help in formulation of a general code of RNA interaction. This is likely to help in understanding how different set of information is decoded from a limited repertoire of genetic code. Nascent mRNAs, the information carriers, in eukaryotes often called the primary transcripts, undergo extensive chemical modification to produce mature mRNAs before they are directed for protein synthesis. These modifications are performed by a class of proteins called RNA binding proteins. Although the canonical structure of the well-studied RNA-binding domains is generally quite well conserved and restricted, this domain can readily have subtle structural adaptations and is able to recognize a wide spectrum of different RNA sequences and shapes. The group effectively uses solution-state NMR spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography and other experimental tools to decipher the molecular mechanism of different protein RNA interactions.
Many RNA recognition motifs (RRMs) are known to unfold and assemble incorrectly, leading to protein aggregates that cause diseases. In this context we study unfolding and aggregation behaviour of RRMs using solution- and solid-state NMR spectroscopy, fluorescence correlation spectroscopy (FCS) and time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy.

Metabolomics for Bio-marker discovery
We use solution-state NMR for metabolomics analyses. Among the techniques used for studying metabolites high-resolution solution-state NMR spectroscopy has the advantages of being non-destructive, quantitative, robust and highly reproducible. It is a non-equilibrium perturbing technique that provides detailed information on solution-state molecular structures, based on atom-centred nuclear interactions and properties, which can also be used to explore metabolite molecular dynamics and mobility. It allows the simultaneous detection of a wide range of structurally diverse metabolites, providing a metabolic ‘snapshot’ at a particular time point. Metabolite concentrations down to the micromolar range are readily detectable in biofluids (urine, serum, plasma) and cell or tissue extracts. We have recently identified metabolic dysregulation in HIV and HEV patients and deciphered the metabolic pathways in fungus and plants. 

Recent Publications

Kashyap, M., Ganguly, A.K., Bhavesh, N.S. 2015. Structural delineation of stem-loop RNA binding by human TAF15 protein Sci Rep. 5, 17298 (1-14). DOI: 10.1038/srep17298 PubMed link

Anand, A., Verma, P., Singh, A.K., Kaushik, S., Pandey, R., Shi, C., Kaur, H., Chawla, M., Elechalawar, C.K., Kumar, D., Yang, Y., Bhavesh, N.S., Banerjee, R., Dash, D., Singh, A., Natarajan, V.T., Ojha, A.K., Aldrich, C.C., Gokhale, R.S. 2015. Polyketide quinones are novel intermediate electron carriers during mycobacterial respiration in oxygen-deficient niches Mol. Cell. 60, 637-650, DOI: 10.1016/j.molcel.2015.10.016 PubMed link

Ganguly, A.K., Ranjan, P., Kumar, A., Bhavesh, N.S. 2015. Dynamic association of PfEMP1 and KAHRP in knobs mediates cytoadherence during Plasmodium invasion Sci. Rep. 5, 8617 (1-9). DOI:10.1038/srep08617 PubMed link

Munshi, S.U., Rewari, B.B., Bhavesh, N.S., Jameel, S. 2013. Nuclear magnetic resonance based profiling of biofluids reveals metabolic dysregulation in HIV-infected persons and those on anti-retroviral therapy PLoS One 8, e64298(1-9) DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0064298 PubMed link

Trivedi, D.K., Bhatt, H., Pal, R.K., Tuteja, R., Garg, B., Johri, A.K., Bhavesh, N.S., Tuteja, N. 2013. Structure of RNA-interacting Cyclophilin A-like protein from Piriformospora indica that provides salinity-stress tolerance in plants Sci. Rep. 3, 3001(1-9) DOI:10.1038/srep03001 PubMed link

Kamthan, M., Kamthan, A., Ruhela, D., Maiti, P., Bhavesh, N.S., Datta, A. 2013. Upregulation of galactose metabolic pathway by N-acetylglucosamine induced endogenous synthesis of galactose in Candida albicans. Fungal Genet Biol. 54, 15-24 DOI:10.1016/j.fgb.2013.02.006 PubMed link

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