Farzana Abubakar Yousuf

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Lactate dehydrogenase isoenzyme-1 was purified from liver of Uromastix hardwickii using colchicine-Sepharose and heat-inactivation methods. The crude enzyme showed four isoenzymes by agarose gel electrophoresis (AGE). The purified enzyme showed a single band after native AGE and SDS-PAGE corresponding to a molecular weight of 34 kDa. The enzyme did not bind(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Pakistani people belong to an ethnic group which has the highest rate of coronary artery disease (CAD). We investigated the possible correlation between deficiency of vitamins B6, B12 or folic acid and hyperhomocysteinemia in Pakistani patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). A case-control study was carried out involving 224 AMI(More)
The ability of pathogenic free-living amoebae to produce infections is a growing concern. In this study, we investigated the presence of free-living amoebae (Acanthamoeba spp., Naegleria fowleri, Balamuthia mandrillaris) in drinking water supplies in Karachi, Pakistan. Fifty-two domestic tap water samples were examined. Amoebae were identified by(More)
The majority of children in Karachi have blood lead levels above 10 micrograms/dl, the upper safety limit set by the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A study was undertaken to evaluate chronic lead exposure in children by measuring lead levels in shed primary teeth collected from primary school children in Karachi. A total of 309(More)
Polymorphisms of paraoxonase gene (PON) cluster have been investigated in numerous studies for their association with myocardial infarction (MI) but the results have been conflicting. Epistasis and gene-environment interactions at this locus could possibly modulate susceptibility toward MI and account for the discrepancies. We carried out a case-control(More)
Apolipoprotein E (Apo E) is a basic component of very low-density lipoprotein (VLDL) and high-density lipoprotein (HDL). It plays an important role in the clearance of cholesterol from circulation, and thereby slows down the process of atherosclerosis. Its 3 isoforms, E2, E3 and E4 are encoded by 3 alleles, e2, e3 and e4, respectively. E3 is the most common(More)
Acanthamoeba cysts are highly resistant to contact lens disinfecting solutions. Acanthamoeba cyst wall is partially made of 1,4 β-glucan (i.e., cellulose) and other complex polysaccharides making it a hardy shell that protects the resident amoeba. Here, we hypothesize that targeting the cyst wall structure in addition to antiamoebic compound would improve(More)
Acanthamoeba can interact with a wide range of microorganisms such as viruses, algae, yeasts, protists and bacteria including Legionella pneumophila, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Vibrio cholerae, Helicobacter pylori, Listeria monocytogenes, Mycobacterium spp., and Escherichia coli. In this capacity, Acanthamoeba has been suggested as a vector in the transmission(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the changes in activity of plasma N-acetyl-beta-D-glucosaminidase, a marker for inflammation as well as renal, pulmonary and cardiac damage and proinflammatory cytokines in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting and find out the relationship between their plasma levels with clinical outcome of patients. STUDY DESIGN(More)