Mitashree Das

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OBJECTIVE Methotrexate (MTX) is the drug of choice for rheumatoid arthritis (RA) but is effective only in around 60% of treated patients. Bioavailability of MTX may be a major determinant of response status and this may be governed by variations in MTX receptor and transporter genes and genes responsible for polyglutamation and deconjugation. We(More)
OBJECTIVE Inter-individual variations to methotrexate (MTX) response among rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients have been attributed to clinical heterogeneity and genetic variations influencing MTX pharmacology. In this study, we analyzed the association of polymorphisms in ATIC, AMPD1, ADA, and ADORA2A from the purine biosynthetic pathway with MTX response(More)
OBJECTIVE Methotrexate (MTX) is the drug of first choice for the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis (RA), but is effective only in around 60% of the patients. Identification of genetic markers to predict response is essential for effective treatment within a critical window period of 6 months after diagnosis, but have been hitherto elusive. In this study, we(More)
The depletion of dopamine levels in the brain due to degeneration of dopaminergic neurons of substantia nigra pars compacta is a hallmark of Parkinson’s disease (PD). The cumulative contribution of genetic variations in genes from the dopaminergic pathway has been widely implicated to confer susceptibility to idiopathic PD. We present in this paper an(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS Barrett's oesophagus predisposes to oesophageal adenocarcinoma but the majority of patients are undiagnosed. A novel non-endoscopic cytological screening device, called a capsule sponge, makes population-based screening for the disease a feasible option. However, due to the mixed cell population retrieved by the capsule sponge,(More)
OBJECTIVES Genetic and non-genetic components are believed to govern the etiology of common complex traits such as Parkinson's disease (PD). In view of the biochemical evidence of depleted dopamine levels in the affected brains and also the most common and effective therapeutic modality of administration of levodopa in PD, genes from the dopaminergic(More)
OBJECTIVE Pesticide/neurotoxin/free radical-induced oxidative stress leading to dopaminergic neuronal vulnerability is known to promote sporadic Parkinson's disease (PD). This study investigated the contribution of polymorphisms in genes from drug-metabolizing enzymes (DMEs) and the oxidative stress pathway to PD susceptibility and severity among a north(More)
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