• Dr. Debasish Chattopadhyay received his BS in Chemistry and MS in Biochemistry from Calcutta University, India. He obtained Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from Jadavpur University, India in 1989. He conducted his postdoctoral research at the Upjohn Company in Michigan. This work was part of an NIH funded collaborative effort involving several academic institutions and pharmaceutical industries for the discovery of potent antiretroviral drugs. Dr. Chattopadhyay's work focussed on the structure-function analysis of target enzymes its application in drug development. Dr. Chattopadhyay joined the University of Alabama in 1994 and was recruited as an Assistant Professor in the School of Medicine in 1998. Dr. Chattopadhyay was promoted to the Associate Professor rank in 2007 and to the Professor rank in 2013.
  • Selected Publications

    Academic Article

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    2022 Conformationally Defined Rexinoids for the Prevention of Inflammation and Nonmelanoma Skin CancersJournal of Medicinal Chemistry.  65:14409-14423. 2022
    2021 Hemolytic activity and biofilm-formation among clinical isolates of group B streptococcus causing acute urinary tract infection and asymptomatic bacteriuriaInternational Journal of Medical Microbiology.  311. 2021
    2021 Streptococcus agalactiae glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) elicits multiple cytokines from human cells and has a minor effect on bacterial persistence in the murine female reproductive tractVirulence.  12:3015-3027. 2021
    2020 Chlamydia trachomatis glyceraldehyde 3-phosphate dehydrogenase: Enzyme kinetics, high-resolution crystal structure, and plasminogen bindingProtein Science.  29:2446-2458. 2020
    2020 Novel structure of the N-terminal helical domain of BibA, a group B streptococcus Immunogenic bacterial adhesinActa crystallographica. Section D, Structural biology.  76:759-770. 2020
    2020 A simple and reliable method for determination of optimum pH in coupled enzyme assays 2020
    2019 An Updated Conceptual Model on the Pathogenesis of Bacterial VaginosisJournal of Infectious Diseases.  220:1399-1405. 2019
    2019 An overview of structure, function, and regulation of pyruvate kinasesProtein Science.  28:1771-1784. 2019
    2019 Crystal structure of the N-terminal domain of the fibronectin-binding protein PavA from Streptococcus pneumoniaeActa Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology Communications.  75:657-662. 2019
    2019 Mosquito bite-induced controlled human malaria infection with Plasmodium vivax or P. Falciparum generates immune responses to homologous and heterologous preerythrocytic and erythrocytic antigensInfection and Immunity.  87. 2019
    2019 Rapid bladder interleukin-10 synthesis in response to uropathogenic Escherichia coli is part of a defense strategy triggered by the major bacterial flagellar filament fliC and contingent on TLR5Clinical and Vaccine Immunology.  4. 2019
    2016 Poxvirus uracil-DNA glycosylase—An unusual member of the family I uracil-DNA glycosylasesProtein Science.  25:2113-2131. 2016
    2016 Small molecule inhibition of the ubiquitin-specific protease USP2 accelerates cyclin D1 degradation and leads to cell cycle arrest in colorectal cancer and mantle cell lymphoma modelsJournal of Biological Chemistry.  291:24628-24640. 2016
    2016 Crystal structures of group B streptococcus glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase: Apo-form, binary and ternary complexesPLoS One.  11. 2016
    2016 Crystal structures and mutagenesis of PPP-family ser/thr protein phosphatases elucidate the selectivity of cantharidin and novel norcantharidin-based inhibitors of PP5CBiochemical Pharmacology.  109:14-26. 2016
    2016 Uropathogenic Escherichia coli engages CD14-dependent signaling to enable bladder-macrophage-dependent control of acute urinary tract infectionJournal of Infectious Diseases.  213:659-668. 2016
    2015 Binding of undamaged double stranded DNA to vaccinia virus uracil-DNA GlycosylaseBMC Molecular and Cell Biology.  15. 2015
    2015 Biochemical and structural characterization of Cryptosporidium parvum Lactate dehydrogenaseInternational Journal of Biological Macromolecules.  74:608-619. 2015
    2014 Uracil-DNA glycosylases - Structural and functional perspectives on an essential family of DNA repair enzymesProtein Science.  23:1667-1685. 2014
    2014 Structure of Streptococcus agalactiae glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase holoenzyme reveals a novel surfaceActa Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology Communications.  70:1333-1339. 2014
    2013 Structure of the uracil complex of Vaccinia virus uracil DNA glycosylaseActa Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology Communications.  69:1328-1334. 2013
    2013 Crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of three recombinant mutants of Vaccinia virus uracil DNA glycosylaseActa Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology Communications.  69:295-301. 2013
    2012 Crystal Structure of Cryptosporidium parvum Pyruvate KinasePLoS One.  7. 2012
    2011 Identification of protein-protein interaction inhibitors targeting vaccinia virus processivity factor for development of antiviral agentsAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.  55:5054-5062. 2011
    2011 Structure of the catalytic domain of Plasmodium falciparum ARF GTPase-activating protein (ARFGAP)Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology Communications.  67:1339-1344. 2011
    2011 Crystal structure of Plasmodium falciparum phosphoglycerate kinase: Evidence for anion binding in the basic patchBiochemical and Biophysical Research Communications.  412:203-206. 2011
    2011 Identification of inhibitors that block vaccinia virus infection by targeting the DNA synthesis processivity factor D4Journal of Medicinal Chemistry.  54:3260-3267. 2011
    2011 Malaria immunoepidemiology in low transmission: Correlation of infecting genotype and immune response to domains of Plasmodium falciparum merozoite surface protein 3Infection and Immunity.  79:2070-2078. 2011
    2011 Phylogenetic lineage and pilus protein Spb1/SAN1518 affect opsonin-independent phagocytosis and intracellular survival of Group B Streptococcus 2011
    2010 Vaccinia virus D4 mutants defective in processive DNA synthesis retain binding to A20 and DNAJournal of Virology.  84:12325-12335. 2010
    2010 Structure of Plasmodium falciparum ADP-ribosylation factor 1Acta Crystallographica Section F: Structural Biology Communications.  66:1426-1431. 2010
    2010 Synthesis and characterization of potent inhibitors of Trypanosoma cruzi dihydrofolate reductaseBioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry.  18:4056-4066. 2010
    2009 Structures of dihydrofolate reductase-thymidylate synthase of trypanosoma cruzi in the folate-free state and in complex with two antifolate drugs, trimetrexate and methotrexateActa crystallographica. Section D, Structural biology.  65:704-716. 2009
    2009 An unexpected phosphate binding site in Glyceraldehyde 3-Phosphate Dehydrogenase: Crystal structures of apo, holo and ternary complex of Cryptosporidium parvum enzymeBMC Molecular and Cell Biology.  9. 2009
    2008 Structure-based approach to pharmacophore identification, in silico screening, and three-dimensional quantitative structure-activity relationship studies for inhibitors of Trypanosoma cruzi dihydrofolate reductase function 2008
    2007 Crystal structure of vaccinia virus uracil-DNA glycosylase reveals dimeric assemblyBMC Molecular and Cell Biology.  7. 2007
    2007 Structure of a Complex of Human Lactoferrin N-lobe with Pneumococcal Surface Protein A Provides Insight into Microbial Defense MechanismJournal of Molecular Biology.  370:701-713. 2007
    2007 Selective phosphorylation of antiviral drugs by vaccinia virus thymidine kinaseAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.  51:1795-1803. 2007
    2007 Structures of vaccinia virus dUTPase and its nucleotide complexesActa crystallographica. Section D, Structural biology.  63:571-580. 2007
    2006 The structure of the Plasmodium falciparum EBA175 ligand domain and the molecular basis of host specificityTrends in Parasitology.  22:143-145. 2006
    2005 Crystal structure of Trypanosoma cruzi pteridine reductase 2 in complex with a substrate and an inhibitorJournal of Structural Biology.  152:64-75. 2005
    2005 Lipophilic antifolate trimetrexate is a potent inhibitor of trypanosoma cruzi: Prospect for chemotherapy of chagas' diseaseAntimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy.  49:3234-3238. 2005
    2005 Crystallization of three key glycolytic enzymes of the opportunistic pathogen Cryptosporidium parvum 2005
    2004 Biochemical characterization and crystallization of recombinant 3-phosphoglycerate kinase of Plasmodium falciparum 2004
    2004 Plasmodium falciparum ARFGAP: Expression and crystallization of the catalytic domain 2004
    2003 Docking and biological activity of pteridine analogs: Search for inhibitors of pteridine reductase enzymes from Trypanosoma cruziComputational and Theoretical Chemistry.  635:37-44. 2003
    2003 Potent, small-molecule inhibitors of human mast cell tryptase. Antiasthmatic action of a dipeptide-based transition-state analogue containing a benzothiazole ketoneJournal of Medicinal Chemistry.  46:3865-3876. 2003
    2003 A structural model for the inhibition of calpain by calpastatin: Crystal structures of the native domain VI of calpain and its complexes with calpastatin peptide and a small molecule inhibitorJournal of Molecular Biology.  328:131-146. 2003
    2003 The Plasmodium falciparum family of Rab GTPasesGene.  306:13-25. 2003
    2003 Trypanosoma cruzi genome encodes a pteridine reductase 2 proteinMolecular and Biochemical Parasitology.  127:89-92. 2003
    2002 Nonpeptide inhibitors of cathepsin G: Optimization of a novel β-ketophosphonic acid lead by structure-based drug designJournal of the American Chemical Society.  124:3810-3811. 2002
    2002 Crystal structure of human L-isoaspartyl-O-methyltransferase with S-adenosyl homocysteine at 1.6-Å resolution and modeling of an isoaspartyl-containing peptide at the active siteProtein Science.  11:625-635. 2002
    2002 Crystal structure of human carbonic anhydrase II complexed with an anti-convulsant sugar sulphamateBiochemical Journal.  361:437-441. 2002
    2001 Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysis of recombinant pteridine reductase of Trypanosoma cruziActa crystallographica. Section D, Structural biology.  57:1671-1673. 2001
    2001 Stabilization of active-site loops in NH3-dependent NAD+ synthetase from Bacillus subtilisActa crystallographica. Section D, Structural biology.  57:806-812. 2001
    2001 Crystallization and preliminary x-ray diffraction analysis of protein l-isoaspartyl o-methyltransferase from wheat germActa crystallographica. Section D, Structural biology.  57:304-305. 2001
    2000 Structure of human α-thrombin complexed with RWJ-51438 at 1.7 Å: Unusual perturbation of the 60A-60I insertion loopActa crystallographica. Section D, Structural biology.  56:1395-1400. 2000
    2000 Plasmodium falciparum Rab6 GTPase: Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic studiesActa crystallographica. Section D, Structural biology.  56:1017-1019. 2000
    2000 Structure of the nucleotide-binding domain of Plasmodium falciparum Rab6 in the GDP-bound formActa crystallographica. Section D, Structural biology.  56:937-944. 2000
    2000 Crystal structure of adenosine kinase from Toxoplasma gondii at 1.8 Å resolutionProtein Science.  9:704-712. 2000
    2000 Toxoplasma gondii adenosine kinase: Expression, purification, characterization, crystallization and preliminary crystallographic analysisActa crystallographica. Section D, Structural biology.  56:76-78. 2000
    1999 Expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary x-ray diffraction analysis of uracil phosphoribosyltransferase of Toxoplasma gondiiActa crystallographica. Section D, Structural biology.  55:347-349. 1999
    1999 Structural study of Escherichia coli NAD synthetase: Overexpression, purification, crystallization, and preliminary crystallographic analysisJournal of Structural Biology.  127:279-282. 1999
    1998 Large-scale preparation of the Δ10 form of staphylokinase by in vitro processing of recombinant staphylokinase with purified human plasminogenApplied Biochemistry and Biotechnology.  69:147-156. 1998
    1997 Crystal structure of calcium bound domain VI of calpain at 1.9 Å resolution and its role in enzyme assembly, regulation, and inhibitor bindingNature Structural and Molecular Biology.  4:539-547. 1997
    1997 Crystallization and preliminary cryogenic x-ray diffraction analyses of protein L-isoaspartyl O-methyltransferase from human fetal brain 1997
    1997 Preliminary crystallographic study on a low molecular weight form of bacterial plasminogen activator staphylokinaseActa crystallographica. Section D, Structural biology.  53:480-481. 1997
    1997 Purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction studies of recombinant calcium-binding domain of the small subunit of porcine calpainActa crystallographica. Section D, Structural biology.  53:474-476. 1997
    1996 Crystallographic study of the NAD-dependent M Hoc bond rial malic enzyme from the parasitic roundworm ascaris suum 1996
    1993 Crystallographic analyses of an active HIV-1 ribonuclease H domain show structural features that distinguish it from the inactive form.Acta crystallographica. Section D, Structural biology.  49:423-427. 1993
    1992 Immobilized metal affinity chromatography of bacterially expressed proteins engineered to contain an alternating-histidine domainImmunoMethods.  4:57-67. 1992
    1992 Purification and characterization of heterodimeric human immunodeficiency virus type 1 (HIV-1) reverse transcriptase produced by in vitro processing of p66 with recombinant HIV-1 proteaseJournal of Biological Chemistry.  267:14227-14232. 1992
    1992 Resolution of microheterogeneity associated with recombinant HIV-1 heterodimeric reverse transcriptaseProtein Expression and Purification.  3:151-159. 1992

    Research Overview

  • Structure-Function Analysis of Proteins - The main objective of our research is to define the relationship between the structure and function of biological macromolecules. Our research focuses on macromolecules that regulate the key steps in the life of eukaryotic and prokaryotic pathogens including parasites, bacteria and viruses. Results of our investigations inform drug discovery and vaccine development. We use a variety of biophysical and biochemical techniques in our studies.

    Keywords - Structural biology, Protein structure function, Malaria, Chagas' disease, Parasitic disease, Small pox, Bacterial pneumonia,
  • Education And Training

  • University of Miami and The Upjohn Company Physical & Analytical Chemistry, Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Doctor of Philosophy Level Degree in Chemistry, 1989
  • Full Name

  • Debasish Chattopadhyay