N. M. Masoodhu Banu

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Oxidative stress is a critical route of damage in various psychological stress-induced disorders, such as depression. Antidepressants are widely prescribed to treat these conditions; however, few animal studies have investigated the effect of these drugs on endogenous antioxidant status in the brain. The present study employed a 21-day chronic regimen of(More)
Physical and psychological stressors not only enhance activity of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenocortical axis, but also cause oxidative damage by inducing an imbalance between the in vivo pro-oxidant and antioxidant status. The involvement of adrenal steroid stress hormones in oxidative damage associated with these stressors has not been extensively(More)
Stress plays a potential role in the onset and exacerbation of depression. Chronic restraint stress in rats, and psychosocial stress in humans, is implicated in the pathophysiology of mood and anxiety disorders. Oxidative damage is an established outcome of restraint stress, which has been suggested to induce many damaging processes contributing to the(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIM Stress as a cofactor has been reported to affect the progression and severity of several diseases. The influence of stress on the liver is of interest from the clinical point of view because stress plays a potential role in aggravating liver diseases in general and hepatic inflammation in particular, probably through generation of(More)
Stress plays a key role in the induction of various clinical disorders by altering monoaminergic response and antioxidant defenses. In the present study, alterations in the concentrations of dopamine (DA), serotonin (5-HT) and their metabolites, and simultaneous changes in the antioxidant defense system and lipid peroxidation in different brain regions(More)
The leaves of khat (Catha edulis) are found to have stimulating and pleasurable effect and are chewed habitually by people of East Africa and Arabian Peninsula. Due to various toxic and psychostimulative effect of khat the present study was undertaken to evaluate the effect of intragastric khat alone or its major constituents flavonoids/alkaloids(More)
BACKGROUND Stress is known to affect synaptic plasticity, dendritic morphology and induces neurotoxic damage in humans, probably through generation of free radicals. Both ex vivo antioxidant vitamins and in vivo free radical scavenging enzymes exist. In the present study, restraint stress induced pro-oxidant status of rat brain was evaluated in terms of(More)
Basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) may act to modulate hematopoiesis in addition to its effects on mesenchymal cells. We studied the effects of bFGF on human and murine primary marrow megakaryocytes. bFGF modestly enhanced the size of the human megakaryocyte colony-forming unit (CFU-MK) and cell numbers per colony, in combination with interleukin-3(More)
Chronic exposure to psychological stress in humans and restraint stress in experimental animals results in increased oxidative stress and resultant tissue damage. To study the contribution of stress hormones towards stress-induced oxidative processes in the brain, we investigated the response of important free-radical scavenging enzymes toward chronic(More)