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Sahana Vasudevan, Asmita A Prabhune
Sophorolipid biosurfactants are biodegradable, less toxic and FDA approved. The purified acidic form of sophorolipid is stimuli-responsive with self-assembling properties and used for solubilizing hydrophobic drugs. This study encapsulated curcumin (CU) with acidic sophorolipid (ASL) micelles and analysed using photophysical studies like UV-visible spectroscopy, photoluminescence (PL) spectroscopy and time-correlated single photon counting (TCSPC). TEM images have revealed ellipsoid micelles of approximately 100 nm size and were confirmed by dynamic light scattering...
February 2018: Royal Society Open Science
Asmita Wele
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 27, 2018: Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine
Sanghamitra Mylavarapu, Asmita Das, Monideepa Roy
Recent years have seen cancer emerge as one of the leading cause of mortality worldwide with breast cancer being the second most common cause of death among women. Individuals harboring BRCA mutations are at a higher risk of developing breast and/or ovarian cancers. This risk is much greater in the presence of germline mutations. BRCA1 and BRCA2 play crucial role in the DNA damage response and repair pathway, a function that is critical in preserving the integrity of the genome. Mutations that interfere with normal cellular function of BRCA not only lead to onset and progression of cancer but also modulate therapy outcome of treatment with platinum drugs...
2018: Frontiers in Oncology
Asmita Pant, Anna K Kopeć, Kevin S Baker, Holly Cline-Fedewa, Daniel A Lawrence, James P Luyendyk
Acetaminophen (APAP)-induced liver injury in mice is associated with activation of the coagulation cascade and deposition of fibrin in liver. Plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is an important physiological inhibitor of tissue-type plasminogen activator (tPA) and plays a critical role in fibrinolysis. PAI-1 expression is increased in both experimental APAP-induced liver injury and patients with acute liver failure. Prior studies have shown that PAI-1 prevents intrahepatic hemorrhage and mortality after APAP challenge, but the downstream mechanisms are not clear...
February 16, 2018: American Journal of Pathology
Srinivasa T Siddeshappa, Shruti Bhatnagar, Ramreddy K Yeltiwar, Humera Parvez, Asmita Singh, Saket Banchhor
Aim: The aim of the present study was to compare the efficacy of herbal mouthwash and chlorine dioxide mouthwash in reduction of plaque and gingivitis. Settings and Design: In a randomized clinical trial, forty patients were randomly selected and divided equally into two groups. Materials and Methods: After professional oral prophylaxis, the clinical parameters plaque index, gingival index, and modified sulcular bleeding index were recorded at baseline, 7 th day, 14 th day, and 21 st day...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Dental Research: Official Publication of Indian Society for Dental Research
Angelos Papaspyropoulos, Leanne Bradley, Asmita Thapa, Chuen Yan Leung, Konstantinos Toskas, Delia Koennig, Dafni-Eleftheria Pefani, Cinzia Raso, Claudia Grou, Garth Hamilton, Nikola Vlahov, Anna Grawenda, Syed Haider, Jagat Chauhan, Ludovico Buti, Alexander Kanapin, Xin Lu, Francesca Buffa, Grigory Dianov, Alex von Kriegsheim, David Matallanas, Anastasia Samsonova, Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Eric O'Neill
Transition from pluripotency to differentiation is a pivotal yet poorly understood developmental step. Here, we show that the tumour suppressor RASSF1A is a key player driving the early specification of cell fate. RASSF1A acts as a natural barrier to stem cell self-renewal and iPS cell generation, by switching YAP from an integral component in the β-catenin-TCF pluripotency network to a key factor that promotes differentiation. We demonstrate that epigenetic regulation of the Rassf1A promoter maintains stemness by allowing a quaternary association of YAP-TEAD and β-catenin-TCF3 complexes on the Oct4 distal enhancer...
January 30, 2018: Nature Communications
Asmita D Pawar, Deepshikha Verma, Venu Sankeshi, Rajeev Raman, Yogendra Sharma
The reliability and accuracy of conformational or functional studies of any novel multidomain protein rely on the quality of protein. The bottleneck in structural studies with the complete Big_2 domain containing proteins like LigA, LigB or MpIBP is usually their large molecular size owing to their multidomain (>10-12 domains) architectures. Interestingly, a soil bacterium Paenarthrobacter aurescens TC1, harbours a gene that encodes a protein comprising of four predicted Big_2 domains. We report here the expression and purification of this novel, multiple Big_2 domains containing protein, Arig of P...
December 26, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
Kailas D Sonawane, Asmita S Kamble, Prayagraj M Fandilolu
Deficiency of 5-taurinomethyl-2-thiouridine, τm5s2U at the 34th 'wobble' position in tRNALys causes MERRF (Myoclonic Epilepsy with Ragged Red Fibers), a neuromuscular disease. This modified nucleoside of mt tRNALys, recognizes AAA/AAG codons during protein biosynthesis process. Its preference to identify cognate codons has not been studied at the atomic level. Hence, multiple MD simulations of various molecular models of anticodon stem loop (ASL) of mt tRNALys in presence and absence of τm5s2U34 and N6-threonylcarbamoyl adenosine (t6A37) along with AAA and AAG codons have been accomplished...
December 15, 2017: Journal of Biomolecular Structure & Dynamics
Joseph Pidala, Francisca Beato, Jongphil Kim, Brian Betts, Heather Jim, Elizabeth Sagatys, John E Levine, James Lm Ferrara, Umut Ozbek, Ernesto Ayala, Marco Davila, Hugo F Fernandez, Teresa Field, Mohamed A Kharfan-Dabaja, Divis Khaira, Farhad Khimani, Frederick L Locke, Asmita Mishra, Michael Nieder, Taiga Nishihori, Lia Perez, Marcie Riches, Claudio Anasetti
T helper 1 and T helper 17 lymphocytes mediate acute graft vs. host disease. Interleukin 12 is critical for T helper 1 differentiation and interleukin 23 for T helper 17 maintenance. Interleukin 12 and 23 are heterodimeric cytokines that share the p40 subunit (IL-12/IL-23p40). In a randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled trial, we examined the biologic impact and clinical outcomes following IL-12/IL-23p40 neutralization using ustekinumab. 30 patients received peripheral blood mobilized hematopoietic cell transplantation from HLA-matched sibling or unrelated donors, received sirolimus plus tacrolimus as graft vs...
December 14, 2017: Haematologica
Sateesh Peri, Asmita Kulkarni, Felix Feyertag, Patricia M Berninsone, David Alvarez-Ponce
The enzyme CMP-N-acetylneuraminic acid hydroxylase (CMAH) is responsible for the synthesis of N-glycolylneuraminic acid (Neu5Gc), a sialic acid present on the cell surface proteins of most deuterostomes. The CMAH gene is thought to be present in most deuterostomes, but it has been inactivated in a number of lineages, including humans. The inability of humans to synthesize Neu5Gc has had several evolutionary and biomedical implications. Remarkably, Neu5Gc is a xenoantigen for humans, and consumption of Neu5Gc-containing foods, such as red meats, may promote inflammation, arthritis, and cancer...
January 1, 2018: Genome Biology and Evolution
Asmita Magotra, Anjna Sharma, Samsher Singh, Probir Kumar Ojha, Sunil Kumar, Naveen Bokolia, Priya Wazir, Shweta Sharma, Inshad Ali Khan, Parvinder Pal Singh, Ram A Vishwakarma, Gurdarshan Singh, Utpal Nandi
Recent tuberculosis (TB) drug discovery programme involve continuous pursuit for new chemical entity (NCE) which can be not only effective against both susceptible and resistant strains of Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) but also safe and faster acting with the target, thereby shortening the prolonged TB treatments. We have identified a potential nitrofuranyl methyl piperazine derivative, IIIM-MCD-211 as new antitubercular agent with minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) value of 0.0072 μM against H37Rv strain...
February 2018: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
Mostafa Ashmwe, Carina Penzenstadler, Arian Bahrami, Anton Klotz, Mohammad Jafarmadar, Asmita Banerjee, Susanne Wolbank, Heinz Redl, Soheyl Bahrami
OBJECTIVES: We tested whether resuscitation supplemented with a) rat adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) or b) secretome (conditioned media) of ASCs can ameliorate inflammation, cell/organ injury, and/or improve outcome after Hemorrhagic traumatic shock (HTS). INTERVENTIONS: Rats were subjected to HTS and a resuscitation protocol that mimics pre-hospital restrictive reperfusion followed by an adequate reperfusion phase. 20 minutes into the restrictive reperfusion, animals received an intravenous bolus of 2x10 cells (ASC group) or the secretome produced by 2x10 ASCs/24 h (ASC-Secretome group)...
November 3, 2017: Shock
Anjna Sharma, Asmita Magotra, Ashish Dogra, Santosh Kumar Rath, Sheikh Rayees, Priya Wazir, Sadhana Sharma, Payare Lal Sangwan, Surjeet Singh, Gurdarshan Singh, Utpal Nandi
In spite of unprecedented advances in modern systems of medicine, there is necessity for exploration of traditional plant based secondary metabolites or their semisynthetic derivatives which may results in better therapeutic activity, low toxicity and favourable pharmacokinetics. In this context, computational model based predictions aid medicinal chemists in rational development of new chemical entity having unfavourable pharmacokinetic properties which is a major hurdle for its further development as a drug molecule...
November 3, 2017: Regulatory Toxicology and Pharmacology: RTP
Prayagraj M Fandilolu, Asmita S Kamble, Susmit B Sambhare, Kailas D Sonawane
Hypermodified bases present at 3'-adjacent (37th ) position in anticodon loop of tRNAPhe are well known for their contribution in modulating codon-anticodon interactions. Peroxywybutosine (o2yW), a wyosine family member, is one of such tricyclic modified bases observed at the 37th position in tRNAPhe . Conformational preferences and three-dimensional structural analysis of peroxywybutosine have not been investigated in detail at atomic level. Hence, in the present study quantum chemical semi-empirical RM1 and multiple molecular dynamics (MD) simulations have been used to study structural significance of peroxywybutosine in tRNAPhe ...
January 30, 2018: Gene
Raghavendra Vagyannavar, Amrita Bhattacharyya, Gaurav Misra, Mohammad Hashim, Asmita
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2017: Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia
Hetal Marfatia, Keya Shah, Asmita Madhavi, Yogesh Parmar
INTRODUCTION: Endonasal DCR is safely performed in children presenting with persistent epiphora, not responding to conservative management. The surgical technique of endoscopic DCR in the paediatric age group essentially remains the same as that performed in adults, but children have narrower nasal passages and relatively larger inferior turbinates which limit the surgeon's working space. The standard 2.7 mm paediatric nasal endoscope gives a smaller surgical work field as compared to the 4 mm adult endoscope...
October 2017: International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
Roumi Ghosh, Soumen Das, Harish Kela, Asmita De, Jayeeta Haldar, Prasanta Kumar Maiti
INTRODUCTION: Rapidly growing non-tuberculous mycobacteria (NTM) are hazardous cause of post-operative soft tissue infection leading to nosocomial outbreaks following various surgical procedures, especially laparoscopic surgeries using heat sensitive, non-autoclavable surgical instruments. METHODOLOGY: Surgery department of our hospital noticed increase in rate of post-laparoscopic abdominal port site infection (PSI) and informed the Microbiology Department. A prospective investigational study of defined cases with the aim of source tracing and formulation of infection control measures was initiated...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Tuberculosis
Vikrant Borse, Raheem F H Al Aameri, Kelly Sheehan, Sandeep Sheth, Tejbeer Kaur, Debashree Mukherjea, Srinivasan Tupal, Michelle Lowy, Sumana Ghosh, Asmita Dhukhwa, Puspanjali Bhatta, Leonard P Rybak, Vickram Ramkumar
Cisplatin-induced ototoxicity is one of the major factors limiting cisplatin chemotherapy. Ototoxicity results from damage to outer hair cells (OHCs) and other regions of the cochlea. At the cellular level, cisplatin increases reactive oxygen species (ROS) leading to cochlear inflammation and apoptosis. Thus, ideal otoprotective drugs should target oxidative stress and inflammatory mechanisms without interfering with cisplatin's chemotherapeutic efficacy. In this study, we show that epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is a prototypic agent exhibiting these properties of an effect otoprotective agent...
July 13, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
Mohamed A Kharfan-Dabaja, Rami S Komrokji, Qing Zhang, Ambuj Kumar, Athanasios Tsalatsanis, Janelle Perkins, Taiga Nishihori, Teresa Field, Najla Al Ali, Asmita Mishra, David Sallman, Karma Z Salem, Ling Zhang, Lynn Moscinski, Hugo F Fernandez, Jeffrey Lancet, Alan List, Claudio Anasetti, Eric Padron
BACKGROUND: Next-generation sequencing has identified somatic mutations that are prognostic of cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We evaluated the incidence and prognostic significance of somatic mutations in 89 myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) patients who received an allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Next-generation sequencing was performed on paraffin embedded bone marrow, which was obtained at a median of 31 days before initiating the preparative regimen...
November 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Asmita Dutta, Deepak Kumar Sinha
In zebrafish embryos, the maternally supplied pool of ATP is insufficient to power even the earliest of developmental events (0-3 hpf) such as oocyte-to-embryo transition (OET). The embryos generate an additional pulse (2.5 h long) of ATP (1.25-4 hpf) to achieve the embryonic ATP homeostasis. We demonstrate that the additional pulse of ATP is needed for successful execution of OET. The maternally supplied yolk lipids play a crucial role in maintaining the embryonic ATP homeostasis. In this paper, we identify the source and trafficking routes of free fatty acids (FFAs) that feed the mitochondria for synthesis of ATP...
July 2017: Open Biology
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