Joseph George

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The pathogenesis of hepatic fibrosis involves significant deposition of fibrilar collagen and other extracellular matrix proteins. It is a rather dynamic process of wound healing in response to a variety of persistent liver injury caused by factors such as ethanol intake, viral infection, drugs, toxins, cholestasis, and metabolic disorders. Liver fibrosis(More)
Dimethylnitrosamine (DMN) is a potent hepatotoxin that can cause fibrosis of the liver. It's ability to provide a suitable rapid experimental murine model for early human cirrhosis was examined. The drug was administered to adult male albino rats in order to document sequential pathological and biochemical alterations. Injury was produced by intraperitoneal(More)
PURPOSE The induction of apoptotic pathways in cancer cells offers a novel and potentially useful approach to improve patient responses to conventional chemotherapy. Tissue factor pathway inhibitor-2 (TFPI-2) is a protease inhibitor that is abundant in the extracellular matrix and highly expressed in noninvasive cells but absent or undetectable in highly(More)
BACKGROUND The single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) 3435C > T in exon 26 of the MDR1 gene has been shown to correlate with the functioning of P-glycoprotein. We studied the frequency of SNP in exon 26 of the MDR1 gene in breast cancer and its role in predicting response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy in breast cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS Ninety-six patients(More)
OBJECTIVES The pathogenesis of hepatic fibrosis is accompanied with several biochemical and metabolic abnormalities. To obtain more information about the alteration of biochemical and metabolic parameters during alcoholic liver fibrosis, we have monitored the changes of certain important biochemical compounds in experimentally induced hepatic fibrosis. (More)
The atypical hemolytic Listeria innocua strains PRL/NW 15B95 and J1-023 were previously shown to contain gene clusters analogous to the pathogenicity island (LIPI-1) present in the related foodborne gram-positive facultative intracellular pathogen Listeria monocytogenes, which causes listeriosis. LIPI-1 includes the hemolysin gene, thus explaining the(More)
The molecular characteristics of purified pepsin solubilized collagen from rat liver was studied in control and dimethylnitrosamine administered animals. The alpha- and beta-chains of purified pepsin solubilized liver collagen were separated by subjecting the denatured collagen to SDS-polyacrylamide gel electrophoresis. The alpha 1(III) chains were resolved(More)
The purpose of this study was to examine the effect of exercise and pre-exercise dietary manipulation on hepatic triglyceride concentration (HTGC). HTGC was measured by proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy (1H-MRS) before and after 90 min of moderate intensity cycling in six endurance trained males following 67 h of mixed diet (M) and an isocaloric(More)
BACKGROUND Chronic ingestion of ethanol increases acetaldehyde and leads to the production of acetaldehyde-derived advanced glycation end-products (AA-AGE). We evaluated the toxicity of AA-AGE on hepatocytes and studied the role of AA-AGE in the pathogenesis of alcoholic liver disease (ALD). METHODS Rat hepatocyte cultures were treated with N-ethyllysine(More)
The anti-neoplastic drug taxol binds to β-tubulin to prevent tumor cell division, promoting cell death. However, high dose taxol treatment may induce cell death in normal cells too. The anti-apoptotic molecule Bcl-2 is upregulated in many cancer cells to protect them from apoptosis. In the current study, we knocked down Bcl-2 expression using cognate siRNA(More)