Meenakshi Arora

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The interaction of C1q with specific cells of the immune system induces activities, such as enhancement of phagocytosis in monocytes and stimulation of superoxide production in neutrophils. In contrast to some other monocyte activators, C1q itself does not induce pro-inflammatory cytokine production, but rather inhibits the lipopolysaccharide(More)
Statins, best known for their lipid-lowering actions, also possess immunomodulatory properties. Recent studies have shown a Th2-biasing effect of statins, although the underlying mechanism has not been identified. In this study, we investigated whether simvastatin can exercise a Th2-promoting effect through modulation of function of dendritic cells (DCs)(More)
In humans, environmental exposure to a high dose of lipopolysaccharide (LPS) protects from allergic asthma, the immunological underpinnings of which are not well understood. In mice, exposure to a high LPS dose blunted house dust mite-induced airway eosinophilia and T-helper 2 (Th2) cytokine production. Although adoptively transferred Th2 cells induced(More)
Bacterial pneumonia remains a significant burden worldwide. Although an inflammatory response in the lung is required to fight the causative agent, persistent tissue-resident neutrophils in non-resolving pneumonia can induce collateral tissue damage and precipitate acute lung injury. However, little is known about mechanisms orchestrated in the lung tissue(More)
At the organismic level, exposure to radiation can produce taste aversion (CTA) learning and emesis, which have been proposed as behavioral endpoints that are mediated by harmful effects of radiations on peripheral systems, primarily the gastrointestinal system. Thus, the aim of the present investigation was to study the gastroprotective action of(More)
Bone cells express glutamate-gated Ca2+-permeable N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) receptors and GLAST glutamate transporters. Blocking NMDA receptors has been reported to reduce the number of bone resorption pits produced by osteoclasts, and mechanical loading alters GLAST transporter expression, which should change the extracellular glutamate concentration and(More)
Dendritic cells (DCs) sense various components of invading pathogens via pattern recognition receptors such as TLRs. CpG oligodeoxynucleotides (ODNs), which mimic bacterial DNA, inhibit allergic airways disease and promote responses in the spleen to bacterial components. Because many TLR agonists are currently being tested for potential therapeutic effects,(More)
In humans, the bacterial product lipopolysaccharide (LPS) has been associated with protection from allergic diseases such us asthma. However, in mouse models of allergic asthma, differential effects of LPS have been noted based on the dose. A low dose of LPS promotes Th2 responses and allergic disease but a high dose has been associated with suppression of(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the neurobehavioral protective efficacy of a hydroalcoholic extract of ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.) in mitigating gamma radiation-induced conditioned taste aversion in Sprague-Dawley rats. Administration of Zingiber extract 1 h before 2-Gy gamma irradiation was effective in blocking the saccharin(More)
Chickpea (Cicer arietinum L.) genotypes are sensitive to low temperature (<10°C) during its reproductive stage suffer from abortion of flowers, infertile pods and small shriveled seeds that resulted in a significant decrease in crop yield. In the present investigation seeds of a number of cold stress-tolerant and susceptible genotypes were evaluated for(More)