Rajeev Kaul

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Canavan disease, an autosomal recessive disorder, is characterized biochemically by N-acetylaspartic aciduria and aspartoacylase (N-acyl-L-aspartate amidohydrolase; EC 3.5.1.15) deficiency. However, the role of aspartoacylase and N-acetylaspartic acid in brain metabolism is unknown. Aspartoacylase has been purified to apparent homogeneity with a specific(More)
With the ultimate goal of developing safe and effective in vivo gene therapy for the treatment of Canavan disease and other neurological disorders, we developed a non-viral lipid-entrapped, polycation-condensed delivery system (LPD) for central nervous system gene transfer, in conjunction with adeno-associated virus (AAV)-based plasmids containing(More)
Vasopressin type 2 receptor (V2R) exhibits mostly important properties for hydroosmotic equilibrium and, to a lesser extent, on vasomotricity. Drugs currently acting on this receptor are analogs of the natural neuropeptide, arginine vasopressin (AVP), and hence are competitive ligands. Peptides that reproduce specific sequences of a given receptor have(More)
Various growth factors have been proposed to play endocrine and/or paracrine role in mammalian ovarian follicular development. The insulin like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) is one such factor. More and more reports now support the existence of an intra-ovarian IGF system including receptors and binding proteins. The role of IGF-1 in ovary is to amplify(More)
Epithelial–mesenchymal transition is an important mechanism in cancer invasiveness and metastasis. We had previously reported that cancer cells expressing Epstein–Barr virus (EBV) latent viral antigens EBV nuclear antigen EBNA3C and/ or EBNA1 showed higher motility and migration potential and had a propensity for increased metastases when tested in nude(More)
Chronic inflammation is recognized as a threat factor for cancer progression. Release of inflammatory molecules generates microenvironment which is highly favorable for development of tumor, cancer progression and metastasis. In cases of latent viral infections, generation of such a microenvironment is one of the major predisposing factors related to virus(More)
Virus-associated cancers account for more than 12 % of all the cancers. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infects nearly 3 % of the population worldwide and has emerged as a major causative agent of liver disease with a big impact on public health. The HCV non-structural protein NS4A is a 54-amino-acid polypeptide that serves as an essential co-factor for the NS3(More)
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