Chabita Saha

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The health benefits stemming from green tea are well known, but the exact mechanism of its biological activity is not elucidated. Epicatechin (EC) and epicatechin gallate (ECG) are two dietary catechins ubiquitously present in green tea. Serum albumins functionally carry these catechins through the circulatory system and eliminate reactive oxygen species(More)
Myriad research has contributed significantly toward the understanding and identification of health benefits stemming from tea polyphenols and many other naturally occurring flavonoids present in fruits and vegetables. These flavonoids are known to mitigate reactive oxygen species-induced damage by scavenging them. In this study, hot-water black tea extract(More)
Flavonoids are a class of plant secondary metabolites and among thousands of flavonoids few are considered as dietary flavonoids. Serum albumin (SA), the most abundant protein in plasma, functions as the most important carrier of vital drugs, including dietary flavonoids. The binding affinity of dietary flavonoids to SA is demonstrated to be governed by(More)
The potential of naturally occurring antioxidants to reduce the cellular oxidative damage induced by ionizing radiation has been studied for more than a decade for their pharmacological application during cancer treatment. It is already known that radioprotective efficacy of phytochemicals might influence various end points of radiation damage. Flavonoids(More)
Tea flavonoids bind to variety of enzymes and inhibit their activities. In the present study, binding and inhibition of catalase activity by catechins with respect to their structure-affinity relationship has been elucidated. Fluorimetrically determined binding constants for (-)-epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) and (-)-epicatechin gallate (ECG) with catalase(More)
The anticancer drugs Adriamycin (ADR) and Daunomycin (DNM) of the anthracycline family are effective in treating a variety of cancers. Although their interactions with other cellular targets may play a role in the selective cytotoxicity of these drugs, it is generally believed that intercalation with DNA is essential for their activity. However, a(More)
Positive health effects of tea (Camellia sinensis) on a wide range of physiological problems and diseases are well known and are in part due to its copious antioxidant content. The effect of black tea extract (BTE), which is rich in polyphenolic antioxidants, against the consequences of radiation exposure has not been properly identified. The functional(More)
K562 cells are erythroleukemic cells derived from a chronic myeloid leukemia patient in blast crisis. Comparison of the genome from K562 cells and normal human genome has been very useful strategy, in uncovering eight genes, implicated in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). These genes carry mutations in K562 genome and the role of these mutations in the(More)
Polymer nanoparticles are vehicles used for delivery of hydrophobic anti-cancer drugs, like doxorubicin, paclitaxel or chemopreventors like quercetin (Q). The present study deals with the synthesis and characterisation of nano formulations (NFs) from Q loaded PLGA (poly lactic-co-glycolic acid) nano particles (NPs) by surface modification. The surface of(More)
Histones are associated with DNA to form nucleosome essential for chromatin structure and major nuclear processes like gene regulation and expression. Histones consist of H1, H2A, H2B and H3, H4 type proteins. In the present study, combined histones from calf thymus were complexed with ct DNA and their binding affinities were measured fluorimetrically. All(More)