Pradeep Sharma

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BACKGROUND The molecular basis of idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, a primary myocardial disorder that results in reduced contractile function, is largely unknown. Some cases of familial dilated cardiomyopathy are caused by mutations in cardiac cytoskeletal proteins; this finding implicates defects in contractile-force transmission as one mechanism(More)
We report here an all-atom energy based Monte Carlo docking procedure tested on a dataset of 226 protein-ligand complexes. Average root mean square deviation (RMSD) from crystal conformation was observed to be approximately 0.53 A. The correlation coefficient (r(2)) for the predicted binding free energies calculated using the docked structures against(More)
Venocclusive disease (VOD) of the liver, a fibrous obliteration of small hepatic venules, can be caused by chemoradiation therapy. We reviewed 255 consecutive patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation for malignancy during 1978 to 1980 in order to determine the incidence of VOD and the predisposing factors. Fifty-three of 255 patients met our criteria(More)
PRDX6, a member of the peroxiredoxins (PRDXs) family, is a key player in the removal of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Using targeted inactivation of the Prdx6 gene, we present evidence that the corresponding protein offsets the deleterious effects of ROS on lens epithelial cells (LECs) and regulates gene expression by limiting its levels. PRDX6-depleted(More)
One thousand women in the child bearing age group, attending the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Outpatient Department, were investigated for the presence of Trichomonas vaginalis in their vaginal discharges. T. vaginalis was isolated in 68 patients (6.8%) by wet mount and/or culture. 55 cases (80.9%) were detected by wet mount examination and 67 (98.5%) by(More)
BACKGROUND/AIMS Minimal hepatic encephalopathy (MHE) is associated with poorer quality of life and increased work disability. Diagnosis requires cumbersome psychometric and neurophysiological tests. We evaluated critical flicker frequency (CFF) to diagnose MHE. METHODS 156 cirrhotic patients (age 41+/-12.5 yr) without overt encephalopathy (Child A 63,(More)
BACKGROUND Complete surgical removal of the prostate, radical prostatectomy, is the most frequently used treatment option for men with localised prostate cancer. The use of laparoscopic (keyhole) and robot-assisted surgery has improved operative safety but the comparative effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of these options remains uncertain. OBJECTIVE(More)
AIMS To locate a high-dose point hexachlorocyclohexane (HCH)-contaminated site, to identify HCH-degrading bacteria in it and assay HCH-decontamination by biostimulation. METHODS AND RESULTS Bacteria were isolated by serial dilution method from HCH-contaminated soil samples collected from areas near an HCH-manufacturing unit and its dumpsite in North(More)
ATP-sensitive K(+) (K(ATP)) channels may be regulated by protons in addition to ATP, phospholipids, and other nucleotides. Such regulation allows a control of cellular excitability in conditions when pH is low but ATP concentration is normal. However, whether the K(ATP) changes its activity with pH alterations remains uncertain. In this study we showed that(More)
Cyclin-dependent kinase 5 (Cdk5), a complex of Cdk5 and its activator p35 (Cdk5/p35), phosphorylates diverse substrates which have multifunctional roles in the nervous system. During development, it participates in neuronal differentiation, migration, axon outgrowth and synaptogenesis. Cdk5, acting together with other kinases, phosphorylates numerous KSPXK(More)