Monira Ahsan

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In this study the volatile oil of Nigella sativa seeds (NSVO) was investigated for its immunomodulating and cytotoxic properties. A rat model was designed to examine the effect of NSVO on selected immune components. Long-Evans rats were challenged with a specific antigen (typhoid TH) and treated with NSVO; and the changes produced in their serum antibody(More)
Preeclampsia and eclampsia are fatal medical complications of pregnancy accounting for 20–80 % of increased maternal death in developing countries. Their aetiologies are still under investigation. Serum trace elements have been suggested to be involved in the pathogenesis of preeclampsia. Aim of this study was to address the correlation of serum trace(More)
The aim of this study was to investigate the serum immunoglobulins and white blood cells status of drug addicts and to assess the extent of influence of drug habit and sexual practice on the immune components. The study was conducted among 253 male drug addicts and 100 non-addict controls of aged 18-45 years. An enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) was(More)
BACKGROUND The study was carried out on the hypothesis that drug addicts would have reduced vitamin E, C and A status which could be influenced by drug habit, sexual practice and lifestyle factors. METHOD Serum concentrations of Vitamin E, C and A of male drug addicts and cohort controls were analysed, and influence of drug habit, sexual practice and(More)
The aim of the present study was to investigate the nutritional status of drug addicts, the prevalence of malnutrition among them and the influence of their drug habit and lifestyle factors on their nutritional indices. The study was conducted among 253 male drug addicts, who sought detoxification at the Central Drug Addiction Treatment Hospital, Dhaka,(More)
Four quinolone-terpene alkaloids, chelerybulgarine (1), 2'-episimulanoquinoline (3), 2,11-didemethoxyvepridimerine B (4), and rhetsidimerine (5) were isolated from the root bark of Zanthoxylum rhetsa DC. Chelerybulgarine (1) is a C-C linked terpene alkaloid where the C-6 of dihydrochelerythrine is linked to C-11 of the sesquiterpenoid 10β-methoxybulgarene.(More)
BACKGROUND Use of illicit drugs induces multiple nutrient deficiencies. Drug habit, sexual practice and socioeconomic factors influence the nutrient profile of drug dependent subjects. The literature on this issue is still insufficient. This study has tested the hypothesis that illicit drug use and lifestyle impair mineral status. To test this hypothesis,(More)
The aqueous extract of garlic (Allium sativum) and allicin both showed significant in vitro antibacterial activity against isolates of multiple drug-resistant Shigella dysenteriae 1, Sh. flexneri Y, Sh. sonnei and enterotoxigenic Escherichia coli. The minimum inhibitory concentrations of the aqueous extract and allicin against Sh. flexneri Y were 5 and 0.4(More)
Antifungal activities of the oils of N. sativa seeds were tested against twenty fungi including pathogenic and industrial strains. All the oils were found to have significant activities against the fungi, but the volatile oil showed stronger and wider range of antifungal activities. MIC values of the volatile oil was also determined against three pathogenic(More)
Four new labdane-derived diterpenes, iso-dulcinol (1), 4-epi-scopadulcic acid B (2), dulcidiol (4), and scopanolal (5), together with two known diterpenes, dulcinol/scopadulciol (3) and scopadiol (6), were isolated from the aerial parts of Scoparia dulcis. The structures were determined by extensive NMR studies. The crude extracts as well as the pure(More)