Ashoke Sharon

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Biophysical studies have shown that each molecule of calsequestrin 1 (CASQ1) can bind about 70-80 Ca(2+) ions. However, the nature of Ca(2+)-binding sites has not yet been fully characterized. In this study, we employed in silico approaches to identify the Ca(2+) binding sites and to understand the molecular basis of CASQ1-Ca(2+) recognition. We built the(More)
Calsequestrin undergoes dynamic polymerization with increasing calcium concentration by front-to-front dimerization and back-to-back packing, forming wire-shaped structures. A recent finding that point mutation R33Q leads to lethal catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT) implies a crucial role for the N terminus. In this study, we(More)
Several options for treating Herpes Simplex Virus type 1 and type 2 are available. However, non-specific inhibition and drug resistance warrants the discovery of new anti-herpetic compounds with better therapeutic profile or different mode of action. The non-nucleoside inhibitors of HSV DNA polymerase target the site that is less important for the binding(More)
3,5-Diaryl pyrazolines analogs were synthesized and evaluated for their monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitory activity. The compounds were found reversible and selective towards MAO-A with selectivity index in the magnitude of 10(3)-10(5). The docking studies were carried out to gain further structural insights of the binding mode and possible interactions(More)
A series of 5-[(5-aryl-1H-pyrazol-3-yl)methyl]-1H-tetrazoles 3a-h have been synthesized and evaluated for their in vivo antihyperglycemic activity. Some of the synthesized compounds have shown significant glucose lowering activity in male Sprague-Dawley rats in sucrose loaded model. These compounds were also evaluated for their peroxisome proliferator(More)
In our continued quest for identifying novel molecules from ethnomedicinal source we have isolated an alkaloid 7-methoxy-1-methyl-4,9-dihydro-3H-pyrido[3,4-b]indole, also known as Harmaline (HM), from an ethnomedicinal herb Ophiorrhiza nicobarica. The compound exhibited a potent anti-HSV-1 activity against both wild type and clinical isolates of HSV-1.(More)
Herpes genitalis, caused by HSV-2, is an incurable genital ulcerative disease transmitted by sexual intercourse. The virus establishes life-long latency in sacral root ganglia and reported to have synergistic relationship with HIV-1 transmission. Till date no effective vaccine is available, while the existing therapy frequently yielded drug resistance,(More)
Various 3,4,5-triarylpyrroles were synthesized and evaluated for their in vivo antihyperglycemic activity in sucrose-loaded (SLM) and/or streptozotocin-induced (STZ) diabetic rat models. Three of the test compounds, 2-methyl-4,5-diphenyl-3-substituted-phenyl-1H-pyrroles (3c, d and h) showed significant inhibition on postprandial hyperglycemia in normal rats(More)
The pharmacophoric hybridization and computational design approach were applied to generate a novel series of α-pyrone analogs as plausible anti-malarial lead candidate. A putative active site in flexible loop close to wing-helix domain of PfRIO2 kinase was explored computationally to understand the molecular basis of ligand binding. All the synthesized(More)