Pramoda Kumar

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alpha-Crystallin, a prominent member of small heat shock protein (sHsp) family and a major structural protein of the eye lens is a large polydisperse oligomer of two isoforms, alphaA- and alphaB-crystallins. Numerous studies have demonstrated that alpha-crystallin functions like a molecular chaperone in preventing the aggregation of various proteins under a(More)
The GH receptor (GHR) is expressed on macrophages. However, the precise role of GH in regulation of macrophage function is unclear. We hypothesized that soluble factors including cytokines produced by macrophages in a GH-dependent manner regulate adipogenesis. We confirmed expression and functional integrity of the GHR in the J774A.1 macrophage cells.(More)
Strain AK12T, an orange pigmented Gram-negative, rod shaped, non-motile bacterium, was isolated from a mud sample collected from a brackish water pond at Rampur of West Bengal, India. The strain was positive for oxidase, catalase and phosphatase. The predominant fatty acids were iso-C15:0 (42.7%), iso-C17:0 3OH (13.2%), C16:1ω7c/C16:1ω6c (summed feature 3)(More)
A novel Gram-negative, rod shaped, motile, non-sporing strictly aerobic bacterium, designated strain AK5T, was isolated from a sea water sample collected near Visakhapatnam coast, Bay of Bengal, India. Colonies on marine agar were circular, 3–4 mm in diameter, creamish and rose with entire margin. Growth occurred at 10–40°C, 0.5–12% (w/v) NaCl and pH of(More)
alpha-Crystallin, a predominant protein of the ocular lens, is composed of two subunits, alphaA and alphaB. Of these, alphaB-crystallin has been shown to present widely in non-lenticular tissues while alphaA-crystallin is largely lens-specific. Although, expression of alphaB-crystallin is elevated under various stress and pathological conditions, yet its(More)
Involvement of the growth hormone (GH) / insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-I) axis in the pathogenesis of diabetic nephropathy (DN) is strongly suggested by studies investigating the impact of GH excess and deficiency on renal structure and function. GH excess in both the human (acromegaly) and in transgenic animal models is characterized by significant(More)
PURPOSE Aldose reductase (AR) has been a drug target because of its involvement in the development of secondary complications of diabetes including cataract. Although numerous synthetic AR inhibitors (ARI) have been tested and shown to inhibit the enzyme, clinically synthetic ARIs have not been very successful. Therefore, evaluating natural sources for ARI(More)
While studying the microbial diversity of hot springs of North-east India we isolated a strain AK31T from the Jakrem hot spring of Meghalaya. The strain formed light yellow colonies on nutrient agar and was Gram negative, non spore-forming rods, motile with single polar flagellum. The strain was positive for oxidase and catalase and hydrolysed starch and(More)
Growth hormone (GH) excess results in structural and functional changes in the kidney and is implicated as a causative factor in the development of diabetic nephropathy (DN). Glomerular podocytes are the major barrier to the filtration of serum proteins, and altered podocyte function and/or reduced podocyte number is a key event in the pathogenesis of DN.(More)
Alpha-crystallin is a member of the small heat-shock protein family and functions like a molecular chaperone, and may thus help in maintaining the transparency of the eye lens by protecting the lens proteins from various stress conditions. Non-enzymic glycation of long-lived proteins has been implicated in several age- and diabetes-related complications,(More)