Kosagisharaf Jagannatha Rao

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Trace elements have been postulated to play a role in Parkinson's disease (PD). In order to elucidate whether changes in the serum levels of trace elements reflect the progression of PD, we assessed serum levels of 12 elements (Na, K, Fe, Al, Cu, Zn, Ca, Mg, Mn, Si, P and S) in early PD, severe PD and normal subjects, using inductively coupled plasma atomic(More)
Emerging evidences on the nuclear localization of alpha-Synuclein in neurons and a close look in to its primary sequence/structural organization led us to examine its DNA binding ability. Subsequently, we first time demonstrated the interaction of DNA with alpha-Synuclein which was also confirmed by others. We recently showed that double-stranded oligos(More)
A close association between brain metal dishomeostasis and the onset and/or progression of Alzheimer's disease (AD) has been clearly established in a number of studies, although the underlying biochemical mechanisms remain obscure. This observation renders chelation therapy an attractive pharmacological option for the treatment of this disease. However, a(More)
Amyloid-beta (Abeta) accumulates in several types of retinal degeneration and in Alzheimer's disease (AD), but its source has been unclear. We detected the neuronal 695 amino acid form of amyloid-beta protein precursor (AbetaPP) in the normal retina and AbetaPP751 in the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) and anterior eye tissues. Similar to the brain, alpha-(More)
Previously, we evidenced a B --> Z helical change in Alzheimer's brain genomic DNA, leading to a hypothesis that Alzheimer's disease (AD) etiological factors such as aluminum (Al), amyloid beta (Abeta) peptide, and Tau might play a role in modulating DNA topology. In the present study, we investigated the interaction of Al and Abeta with DNA. Our results(More)
The most popular current hypothesis is that Alzheimer's disease (AD) is caused by aggregates of the amyloid peptide (Abeta), which is generated by cleavage of the Abeta protein precursor (APP) by beta-secretase (BACE-1) followed by gamma-secretase. BACE-1 cleavage is limiting for the production of Abeta, making it a particularly good drug target for the(More)
Alzheimer's disease (AD) is a complex neurological disorder resulting from both genetic and environmental factors with the latter being particularly important for the sporadic form of the disease. As such, diets rich in saturated fatty acids and alcohol, and deficient in antioxidants and vitamins appear to promote the onset of the disease, while diets rich(More)
Dyshomeostasis of transition metals iron and copper as well as accumulation of oxidative DNA damage have been implicated in multitude of human neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer disease and Parkinson disease. These metals oxidize DNA bases by generating reactive oxygen species. Most oxidized bases in mammalian genomes are repaired via the base(More)
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