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Acquisition of human papillomavirus (HPV) infection in buccal mucosa by the infants at birth has been investigated. Presence of HPV DNA was evaluated in cervical smears of 30 pregnant women before delivery and in buccal swabs of the corresponding 31 infants (1 set of twins). HPV DNA was detected among the 40% of women, 16% of infants an the detection was(More)
The numbers of argyrophilic nucleolar organizer regions (AgNORs) were quantified in oral carcinomas (n = 39) with or without human papillomavirus (HPV) infection. The AgNOR counts of the HPV-positive samples (7.15 +/- 2.13) were not significantly (P = 0.09) higher than those of the HPV-negative ones (6.16 +/- 1.89). Furthermore, the lesions infected with(More)
Mammalian apolipoprotein B (apoB) mRNA editing is mediated by a multicomponent holoenzyme containing apobec-1 and ACF. We have now identified CUGBP2, a 54-kDa RNA-binding protein, as a component of this holoenzyme. CUGBP2 and ACF co-fractionate in bovine liver S-100 extracts, and addition of recombinant apobec-1 leads to assembly of a holoenzyme.(More)
OBJECTIVE To compare the semen quality and age-specific changes in men between the 1980s and 2000s. DESIGN Prospective study. SETTING Andrology laboratory, University of Calcutta, India. PATIENT(S) A semen sample was obtained from 3729 men presenting for infertility problems in two distinct decades, that is, between 1981-85 and 2000-2006. (More)
Mammalian apolipoprotein B (apoB) C to U RNA editing is catalyzed by a multicomponent holoenzyme containing a single catalytic subunit, apobec-1. We have characterized an apobec-1 homologue, ARCD-1, located on chromosome 6p21.1, and determined its role in apoB mRNA editing. ARCD-1 mRNA is ubiquitously expressed; phylogenetic analysis reveals it to be a(More)
We investigated the presence of human papilloma virus (HPV) 16/18 and herpes simplex virus-1,-2 (HSV-1,-2) infections in buccal mucosal cells of prostitutes of Calcutta, India, by in situ DNA hybridization and immunocytochemical technique. In some of them, we also examined the prevalence of viral infections in uterine cervical cells. The women were also(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate the in vitro effect of benzo[a]pyrene on sperm hyperactivation and acrosome status in normozoospermic semen samples of nonsmokers analyzed by computer-assisted semen analysis (CASA). DESIGN Experimental in vitro study. SETTING Andrology laboratory. PATIENT(S) Thirteen proven fertile, normozoospermic, and nonsmoking men. (More)
Cytokinetics of 27 untreated oral squamous cell carcinomas were evaluated by in vitro bromodeoxyuridine (BrdU) labelling. A mononuclear cell suspension was prepared for the labelling using collagenase and DNase treatment. The labelled cells were visualised by immunofluorescence staining with an anti-BrdU monoclonal antibody. The labelling index (LI%) was(More)
Metallothioneins (MTs) belong to the family of stress proteins that are present in the majority of living organisms. The MTs play an important task in detoxifying heavy metals. The mammalian scrotal testis is known to be susceptible to cadmium (Cd) exposure. The present work focuses on the MT-1 isoform and aims to ascertain and confirm previous findings to(More)