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Title: Identification and biochemical characterisation of genes involved in mycobacterial cell wall assembly
Author: Nataraj, Vijaya Shankar
ISNI:       0000 0004 5354 0481
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2015
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The cell wall of Mycobacterium tuberculosis has a very complex ultrastructure, consisting of mycolic acids, an array of polysaccharides and surface exposed antigenic glycolipids. These cell wall components play a vital role in pathogenicity and virulence and hence, are attractive drug targets. Recent advances in TB drug discovery have produced a plethora of candidate drug molecules, many of them, affect mycolic acid biosynthesis and transport. A major part of the thesis work consists of biochemical and structural characterisation of proteins involved in mycolic acids biosynthesis and transport using a combination of genetic and biophysical tools. Through deletion of fabH, its non-essentiality for growth and survival of mycobacteria was demonstrated, and suggested the possibility of a functional substitute. The latter part of the thesis deals with the identification and characterisation of glycosyltransferases involved in the biosynthesis of lipooligosaccharides (LOS) in M. kansasii. LOS’s are surface exposed, highly polar antigenic glycolipids, present in several mycobacterial species. Using targeted gene deletion, mutant strain defective in LOS production was obtained that has provided the first insights into LOS biosynthesis in M. kansasii.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: QH301 Biology ; QH426 Genetics