Kovashnee Naicker

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This work describes the two-step synthesis of new series of 2-(1-(substitutedbenzyl)-1H-tetrazol-5-yl)-3-phenylacrylonitrile derivatives (6a–k) starting from substituted benzyl halides (5a–k) and 3-phenyl-2-(1H-tetrazol-5-yl)acrylonitrile (4). Initially, compound 4 was synthesized using benzaldehyde, malononitrile and sodium azide. All the synthesized(More)
The efficiency of liposome-mediated gene delivery is greatly enhanced by appropriate decoration of vehicles with cell-specific targeting ligands. However, liposome-DNA complexes may still be opsonized in serum thus ablating any advantage gained. A stealth aspect may therefore be conferred on complexes by poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) grafting. Here, we(More)
BACKGROUND Globally, cancer is regarded as one of the biggest health concern in humans and animals and is one of the most terrifying diseases. Therefore, there is a necessity for the discovery, development and improvement of novel antitumor drug molecules which could efficiently prevent proliferative pathways and clonal expansion of cells. Heterocyclic(More)
We assessed the effects of seasonal dynamics on the physico-chemical qualities and heavy metals concentrations of the Umgeni and Umdloti Rivers in Durban, South Africa. Water samples were taken from nine different sampling points and analysed for the following parameters; temperature, pH, turbidity, electrical conductivity (EC), biological oxygen demand(More)
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