Amlan K. Das

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Primary cilia are microtubule-based membrane projections located at the surface of many cells. Defects in primary cilia formation have been implicated in a number of genetic disorders, such as Bardet-Biedl Syndrome and Polycystic Kidney Disease. Recent studies have demonstrated that polarized vesicular transport involving Rab8 and its guanine(More)
alpha- and beta-Spectrin are major components of a submembrane cytoskeletal network connecting actin filaments to integral plasma membrane proteins. Besides its structural role in red blood cells, the Spectrin network is thought to function in non-erythroid cells during protein targeting and membrane domain formation. Here, we demonstrate that beta-Spectrin(More)
The exocyst, an octameric protein complex mediating vesicle tethering at the plasma membrane for exocytosis, is a downstream effector of the Rab proteins Rab8 and Rab11, which are key regulators of membrane trafficking from the trans-Golgi network and recycling endosome to the plasma membrane. Rab11 and Rab8 coordinate their actions via Rabin8, the guanine(More)
Oxidative stress has been shown to alter cellular redox status in various cell types. Changes in expressions of several antioxidative and antistress-responsive genes along with activation or inactivation of various proteins were also reported during oxidative insult as well as during nitrosative stress. In the present study, we show the effect of(More)
This systematic review aimed to determine whether the risk of extrapyramidal side effects (EPS) differed between antipsychotic drugs used in first episode psychosis (FEP). We identified 11 RCTs comparing two or more antipsychotics in FEP and reporting on EPS. All trials assessed one or more second generation antipsychotics (SGAs), one assessed(More)
Curcumin has shown promising therapeutic utilities for many diseases, including cancer; however, its clinical application is severely limited because of its poor stability under physiological conditions. Here we find that curcumin also loses its activity instantaneously in a reducing environment. Curcumin can exist in solution as a tautomeric mixture of(More)
2-Methoxyestradiol (2-ME2) is an endogenous metabolite of estradiol. In preclinical models, 2-ME2 is effective against different types of tumors. Unfortunately, only low systemic concentrations of 2-ME2 can be achieved following oral administration, even after very high doses are administered to patients. In an effort to solve this problem, we have now(More)
In this work we consider two protocols for performing cryptanalysis and security enhancement. The first one by Song, is a password authentication scheme based on smart cards. We note that this scheme has already been shown vulnerable to the off-line password guessing attack by Tapiador et al. We perform a further cryptanalysis on this protocol and observe(More)
The present study was aimed to elucidate the mechanism of stabilization of tubulin by deuterium oxide (D(2)O). Rate of decrease of tryptophan fluorescence during aging of tubulin at 4 degrees C and 37 degrees C was significantly lower in D(2)O than in H(2)O. Circular dichroism spectra of tubulin after incubation at 4 degrees C, suggested that complete(More)
Valproate (2-propylpentanoate) is available as valproic acid, sodium valproate and semisodium valproate. It has actions on dopamine, GABA and glutamate neurotransmission and intracellular signaling. Its main psychiatric use is to treat bipolar disorder. It has been used in other psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia and borderline personality(More)