Mitali Chatterjee

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The proliferative ventricular zone (VZ) is the main source of projection neurons for the overlying cerebral neocortex. The number and diversity of neocortical neurons is determined, in part, by factors controlling the proliferation and specification of VZ cells during embryonic development. We used a variety of methods, including in utero electroporation(More)
OBJECTIVES The resistance of clinical isolates of Leishmania donovani to sodium antimony gluconate (SAG), the mainstay of treatment in Indian visceral leishmaniasis, has become a critical issue in India. The present work investigates the mechanism of resistance to SAG in parasites isolated from patients who are unresponsive to SAG. METHODS AND RESULTS(More)
The thrombin receptor was the first cloned G protein-coupled receptor reported to be activated by proteolytic cleavage of its extracellular amino terminus. A second proteinase-activated receptor (PAR-2) was cloned recently and expressed in Xenopus laevis oocytes. PAR-2 was activated by trypsin and by a peptide (SLIGRL) derived from the new amino terminus.(More)
The current trend of antimony (Sb) unresponsiveness in the Indian subcontinent is a major impediment to effective chemotherapy of visceral leishmaniasis (VL). Although contributory mechanisms studied in laboratory-raised Sb-R parasites include an up-regulation of drug efflux pumps and increased thiols, their role in clinical isolates is not yet(More)
Sialic acids typically present as terminal sugars of oligo-saccharides are reported to be modified by O-acetylation at the C-9 position on lymphoblasts of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) patients (Sinha et al., 1999a, Leukaemia, 13, 119-125). We now report high titers of IgG antibodies directed against O-acetylated derivatives of sialic acids(More)
The polyamines putrescine, spermidine, and spermine are organic cations that are required for cell growth and differentiation. Ornithine decarboxylase (ODC), the first and rate-limiting enzyme in the polyamine biosynthetic pathway, catalyzes the conversion of ornithine to putrescine. As the polyamine biosynthetic pathway is essential for the growth and(More)
Major therapeutic obstacles in the treatment of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) include the alarming increase in antimonial unresponsiveness especially in Bihar, India and relapses in HIV-Leishmania co-infected patients. The therapeutic armamentarium for VL is currently plagued with several limitations as the available drugs are toxic, majority are effective(More)
Rheumatoid arthritis is an inflammatory, autoimmune disease where oxidative stress has been proposed to contribute to the joint tissue damage. To establish whether measurement of the redox status in blood mirrors the oxidant status at sites of inflammation in patients with rheumatoid arthritis, we concomitantly examined their oxidant status by(More)
Leishmania donovani is considered the causative organism of visceral leishmaniasis (VL) and post-kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL). Testing of 4/29 DNA samples from VL and PKDL patients as well as 2/7 field isolates showed an aberrant internal transcribed spacer 1 (ITS1) restriction fragment length polymorphism (RFLP) pattern, which upon sequencing(More)