Awards & Honours:
SB Saksena Medal Award from Indian National Science Academy ( 2008)
Elected Fellow, Indian National Science Academy (FNA, 2005)
Elected Fellow, Academy of Sciences, (FASc, 2005)
Elected Fellow, National Academy of Sciences (FNASc, 1996).
Elected Member, Guha Research
Conference ( 2001)
Foundation Day Award, Bose Institute
Rockefeller Biotechnology Career
Parija Memorial Lecture Award ( 2000 )
Sadakharaswamy Endowment Award, SBC(I) (1994-1995)
Career Development Award, UGC (1980-83).
Sir Rashbehari Ghosh Travelling Fellowship, Calcutta University (1982).
Fogarty International Center Visiting Fellowship/Associateship, NIH, USA
(1973 – 1976)
Overseas Associateship, DBT (1994)
Membership of Learned Societies:
Life member, Society of Biological Chemists,India (SBC,I)
Life member, Indian Society of Cell Biology (ISCB)
Life member, Association of DNA Technologies (ADNAT)
Life Member, Society for Plant Biochemistry and Biotechnology
Member, International Society for Plant Molecular Biology, USA
Member, American Society for Plant Biology, USA
mechanism of abiotic stress-tolerance in plants; Bioprospecting of genes for
stress-tolerance and their regulatory elements from wild sources;
Translational approach in biotechnolgical application for raising stress
tolerant plants; Protein evolution through comparative genomic & proteomic
Engineering of inositol and
polyamine metabolic pathway for raising transgenic stress-tolerant crop
plants; Mechanism of mechano-sensory responses in plants.
Molecular mechanism of
stress-tolerance in plants; Comparative genomic & proteomic approaches
towards bioprospecting for stress-tolerant genes (eg PcIno1, PcImt1 & PcCFR)
and their regulatory elements from Porteresia
coarctata ; Phylogenetic
studies on inositol synthase: A genomic and proteomic approach ;
Identification and functional analysis of Cyanobacterial inositol metabolic
genes ; Probing of active-site of eukaryotic inositol synthase :
Biochemical & molecular studies.
Name of group members with present status:
Sengupta (Staff Scientist)
Mukherjee (Senior Technical Asst)
Sekhar Roy (Technical Asst)
Ms Srabani Sen
Mr Bapi De
Diversification and evolution of L-myo-inositol
1-phosphate synthase. Arun Lahiri Majumder, Anirban Chatterjee, Krishnarup
GhoseDastidar, Manoj Majee. FEBS
Letts, 553, 3-10, (2003).
sll1722, an unassigned ORF of
Synechocystis PCC6803 codes for L-myo-inositol
1-phosphate synthase. Anirban Chatterjee, Manoj Majee, Shilpi Ghosh and Arun
Lahiri Majumder. Planta, 218,
superoxide dismutase gene confers oxidative stress tolerance to Escherichia
coli. Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya, Kridhnarup GhoshDastidar, Anirban Chattrjee,
Manoj Majee and Arun Lahiri Majumder.
Biochem. Biophys.Res.Commun. 316,
A novel salt-tolerant L-myo-inositol
1-phosphate Synthase from Porteresia coarctata
(Roxb.) Tateoka, a halophytic wild rice: Molecular cloning, bacterial
overexpression, characterization and functional introgression into
tobacco conferring salt-tolerant phenotype.Manoj Majee, Sitakanta Pattnaik,
Susmita Maitra, Krishnarup GhoseDastidar, Anirban Chatterjee Nitai C.Hait, Kali
Pada Das and Arun Lahiri Majumder.
J.Biol.Chem, 279, 28539-28552, (2004).
An insight into the molecular basis
of salt-tolerance of L-myo-inositol 1-phosphate synthase (PcINO1) from Porteresia coarctata (Roxb.) Tateoka, a halophytic wild rice.
Krishnarup Ghosh Dastidar, Susmita Maitra, Lily Goswami, Debjani Roy, Kali Pada
Das, and Arun Lahiri Majumder. Plant
Physiol. 140, 1279-1296, (2006).
Introgression of a novel
salt-tolerant L-myo-inositol 1-phosphate synthase from
Porteresia coarctata (Roxb.)
Aparajita Das-Chatterjee, Lily Goswami, Susmita Maitra, Krishnarup
GhoshDastidar, Sudipta Ray and Arun Lahiri Majumder. Tateoka
(PcINO1) confers salt-tolerance to evolutionary diverse
organisms. FEBS Letts 580,
sll1981, an acetolactate synthase
homologue of Synechocystis sp.
PCC6803, functions as L- myo-inositol 1- phosphate synthase.
Anirban Chatterjee, Krishnarup
Ghosh Dastidar, Susmita Maitra, Aparajita Das-Chatterjee,
Hassan Dihazi, Klaus Eschrich and Arun Lahiri Majumder. Planta, 224, 367-379, (2006).
Evolutionary divergence of L-myo-inositol
1-phosphate synthase: Significance of a “Core catalytic structure”.
Krishnarup Ghosh Dastidar, Aparajita Chatterjee, Anirban Chatterjee and Arun
Lahiri Majumder. Chapter 13, Pp 313-340; “Biology of Inositols and
Phosphoinositides” (Eds A. L. Majumder & B.B.Biswas).
Functional identification of
sll1383 from Synechocystis sp PCC 6803 as L-myo-inositol 1-phosphate phosphatase
(EC 184.108.40.206): molecular cloning, expression and characterization.
Barunava Patra, Krishnarup
Ghosh Dastidar, Susmita Maitra,
Yotirmoy Bhattacharyya and Arun Lahiri Majumder.
Planta, 225, 1547-1558, (2007).
Inositol methyl transferase from a
wild halophytic rice, Porteresia coarctata Roxb (Tateoka): regulation of pinitol
synthesis under abiotic stress. Sonali Sengupta, Barunava Patra, Sudipta Ray
and Arun Lahiri Majumder.
Plant Cell and Environment, 31,
Insight into the salt-tolerance factors of a wild halophytic rice,
a physiological and proteomic approach. Sonali Sengupta and Arun
Lahiri Majumder Planta, 229, 911–929,
wild rice: A potential model for studying salt-stress biology in rice.
Sonali Sengupta and Arun Lahiri Majumder. Porteresia coarctata (Roxb.)
Plant Cell and Environment
33, 526–542, (2010).
Osmolyte Regulation in Abiotic Stress, In
Abiotic Stress Adaptation in Plants:
Physiological, Molecular and Genomic Foundation (Eds. Ashwani Pareek,
Sudhir K. Sopory, Hans J. Bohnert & Govindjee) Arun Lahiri Majumder, Sonali
Sengupta and Lily Goswami. Springer, Dordrecht, The Netherlands,
Identification and organization of
chloroplastic and cytosolic L-myo-inositol
1- phosphate synthase coding gene(s) in
sativa: Comparison with the wild
halophytic rice, Porteresia
coarctata. Sudipta Ray, Barunava
Patra, Aparajita Das-Chatterjee, Arnab Ganguli and Arun Lahiri Majumder.
231 , 1211–1227, (2010).
Registration of Gene / Marker sequences in the GenBank
Mesembryanthemum crystallinum myo-inositol 1-phosphate synthase, mRNA, complete cds
myo-inositol 1-phosphate synthase Inps1 mRNA, partial cds (U 43182)
Entamoeba histolytica INO1 gene ( Y 11270)
Porteresia coarctata fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase mRNA, complete cds
inositol 1-phosphate gene,
complete cds ( Af 412340).
Oryza coarctata triosephosphate isomerase mRNA, complete cds( EU371994)
alcohol dehydrogenase 2mRNA, complete cds. (EU371995)
Porteresia coarctata inositol Methyl Transferase (PcIMT1) gene, complete cds.
indica group chloroplast FruP2ase,complete cds (EU370973)
Oryza coarctata PEPCase Partial cds (EU 371116)
myo Inositol 1-phosphate synthase,
complete cds. (EU 371115)
Oryza coarctata chloroplast FruP2ase,complete cds (EU371109.1)
salt-induced differentially regulated EST sequences from Porteresia
coarctata have been
deposited to the GenBank (Acc.
No. CO805164- CO05663).
Registration of protein structures in the database:
Ongoing Research Project:
Research project on
“Generation of salt-tolerant rice plants: A translational approach” funded by
the Department of Biotechnology, operative since December, 2010; sanctioned
fund, Rs 4.09 crores; duration, five years.
Past students completed Ph.D:
Choudhury on “Studies on a gluconeogeneic enzyme (Fructose-1,6-isphophatase)
and its hormonal and other regulation in non-mammalian system” from Visva
Bharati University in 1982.
Tapas Biswas on
“Characteristics of Fructose-1,6-bisphosphatase during development of human
fetal organs”from Visva Bharati University in 1982.
on “Studies on biosynthesis of inositol and its metabolic interrelationship”
from Visva Bharati University in 1983.
on “Studies on myo-inositol
synthase from lower plant groups” from Visva Bharati University in 1985.
Chattoraj on “Biochemical studies of Fructose-1,6-bisphosphatse :Regulatory
aspects”from Visva Bharati University in 1986.
Bhaduri on “Soluble and organelle-bound
myo-inositol synthase of plant
origin” from Visva Bharati University in 1989.
Bhattacharyya on “Biochemical and physiological studies of cellulose
degrading enzymes from higher fungi” from Visva Bharati University in 1992.
RayChaudhury on “Myo-inositol synthase from plant sources: Biochemical and regulatory
properties” from Calcutta University in
on “Study of Fructose-1, 6-bisphosphatse(s) in rice, with special reference
to salinity stress” from Jadavpur
University in 1998.
Nitai Chand Hait
on “L-myo-inositol 1-phosphate synthase from eukaryotic sources:
Biochemistry and regulation” from Jadavpur University in 2000.
Rukmini Mitra on
“Growth, development and structure of biotechnology information system in
India: A critical study” from Jadavpur University in 2001.
Manoj Majee on
“Cloning, bacterial expression and characterization of a salt-tolerant L-myo-inositol
1-phosphate synthase from wild halophytic rice” from Jadavpur University in
Chatterjee on “Studies on cyanobacterial
myo-inositol 1-phosphate synthase
and its relationship with other myo-inositol
1-phosphate synthase(s) “from Jadavpur University in May, 2005.
Chatterjee (nee Das), on “Salt-stress responses in plants: Molecular and
transgenic approach” from Jadavpur University in September, 2006.
Dastidar, on “Molecular studies on eukaryotic L-myo-inositol
1-phosphate synthase with reference to catalytic and salt-tolerant
properties” from Jadavpur University, April, 2007.
on “Comparative analysis of inositol synthase(s) from cultivated and wild
halophytic rice: In vitro and
in vivo studies of regulatory elements” from Jadavpur University,
Lily Goswami, on
“Studies on L-myo-inositol
1-phosphate synthase(s) with special reference to salinity stress and its
expression in transgenic crop plants” from Calcutta University, December,
Sudipta Roy on
“Analysis and protection of chloroplast functions during abiotic stress: A
biochemical and transgenic approach” from Jadavpur University, January,
on “Inositol metabolizing gene(s) / proteins from diverse sources: Their
potential for biotechnological manipulation” from Jadavpur University,
Sonali SenGupta on “A
comparative proteome analysis of glycophytic and halophytic plants under
salinity stress” from Jadavpur University, February, 2009.
Patents granted for:
“A salt-tolerant L-myo-inositol
1-phosphate synthase and the process of obtaining the same”. US Patent No
20060148059; Indian Patent Certificate No 011-006098, Patent No 223235; Japanese
patent No. 4290727.
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