Archana Kumari

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AIMS Lupeol, a triterpene, possesses numerous pharmacological activities, including anti-malarial, anti-arthritic and anti-carcinogenic properties. The present study was conducted to explore the hepatoprotective potential of lupeol against acetaminophen (AAP)-induced hepatotoxicity in Wistar rats. MAIN METHODS Rats were given a prophylactic treatment of(More)
The rice blast resistance gene Pi54 (formerly Pi-k h ) isolated from indica rice line Tetep confers broad spectrum resistance to different strains of Magnaporthe oryzae in India. In this study, we performed PCR based allele mining for blast resistance gene Pi54 from six cultivated rice lines and eight wild rice species to understand its structural variation(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the antioxidant potential in herbal extract barks of five therapeutically important medicinal plants native to India, i.e. Crataeva nurvala Buch.-Ham., Buchanania lanzan Spreng., Aegle marmelos Corr., Dalbergia sissoo Roxb. ex DC., and Cedrela toona Roxb. METHODS Standardized aqueous alcoholic extracts from the selected barks having(More)
This study was aimed to establish a buffalo mammary epithelial cells (BuMECs) line and maintain it for long-term by subculturing. BuMECs isolated from lactating buffalo mammary glands were cultured on a collagen matrix gel. BuMECs expressed significant amounts of the epithelial cell specific marker cytokeratin 18 as determined by immunohistochemistry. The(More)
Transgenic cotton that produces insecticidal proteins from Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), often referred to as Bt cotton, is widely grown in many countries. Bt cotton with a single cry1A gene and stacked also with cry2A gene has provided satisfactory protection against the damage by the lepidopteran bollworms, especially the cotton bollworm, Helicoverpa(More)
Drug induced hepatotoxicity is a major problem where phytochemicals hold promise for its abrogation. This study was carried out to explore cytoprotective potential of lupeol, a triterpene, against acetaminophen (AAP)-induced toxicity in rat hepatocytes. AAP exposure significantly (p<0.05) reduced cell viability, disturbed Bcl-2 family pro/anti-apoptotic(More)
Plants, which are sessile unlike most animals, have evolved a system to reduce growth under stress; however, the molecular mechanisms of this stress response are not well known. During programmed development, a fraction of the leaf epidermal precursor cells become meristemoid mother cells (MMCs), which are stem cells that produce both stomatal guard cells(More)
For homeostasis, lingual taste papilla organs require regulation of epithelial cell survival and renewal, with sustained innervation and stromal interactions. To investigate a role for Hedgehog/GLI signaling in adult taste organs we used a panel of conditional mouse models to manipulate GLI activity within epithelial cells of the fungiform and circumvallate(More)
Many health problems are related to lifestyle and dietary factors. Increasing trend in reproductive disorders observed in recent years may be associated at least in part with these factors, which are compounded by some of the new emergent life styles. The data available suggests that lifestyle factors such as obesity, tobacco smoking or chewing, alcohol and(More)
The first step in the degradation of 3-nitrotoluene by Diaphorobacter sp. strain DS2 is the dihydroxylation of the benzene ring with the concomitant removal of nitro group. This is catalyzed by a dioxygenase enzyme system. We report here the cloning and sequencing of the complete dioxygenase gene with its putative regulatory sequence from the genomic DNA of(More)