Ram Mohan Thushara

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Platelets are the key players in the development of cardiovascular diseases as the microparticles generated by apoptotic platelets and platelet aggregation contribute actively towards the disease propagation. Thus, the aim of this study was to demonstrate the effect of a phytochemical which can prevent these two processes and thereby project it as a(More)
Snakebite is a serious medical and socio-economic problem affecting the healthy individuals and agricultural and farming populations worldwide. In India, Vipera russelli snakebite is common, ensuing high morbidity and mortality. The venom components persuade multifactorial stress phenomenon and alter the physiological setting by causing disruption of the(More)
Viper envenomations are characterized by prominent local and systemic manifestations including hematological alterations. Snake venom metalloproteinases (SVMPs) and phospholipase A2 (PLA2) plays crucial role in the pathophysiology of hemorrhage by targeting/altering the platelets function which may result in thrombocytopenia. Platelets undergo the classic(More)
The surfacing of the applied fields of biology such as, biotechnology, pharmacology and drug discovery was a boon to the modern man. However, it had its share of disadvantages too. The indiscriminate use of antibiotics and other biological drugs resulted in numerous adverse reactions including thrombocytopenia. One of the reasons for drug-induced(More)
Platelets are anuclear blood cells originating from bone megakaryocytes. Despite being anuclear, their number is maintained by apoptosis, a process of programmed cell death. The rate of apoptotic death of platelets is accelerated by oxidative and shear stress, ex vivo storage (blood banking conditions) and certain pathophysiological disorders. These factors(More)
Thrombocytopenia in methotrexate (MTX)-treated cancer and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients connotes the interference of MTX with platelets. Hence, it seemed appealing to appraise the effect of MTX on platelets. Thereby, the mechanism of action of MTX on platelets was dissected. MTX (10 μM) induced activation of pro-apoptotic proteins Bid, Bax and Bad(More)
Platelets, once considered mediators of hemostasis and thrombosis, are now known to be involved in wound healing, inflammation, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, arthritis, and cancer. Recent reports attest that platelets possess the cellular machinery to undergo apoptosis and that platelet apoptosis can be triggered by myriad stimuli including chemical(More)
Although arthritis is primarily a joint disorder that mainly targets the articular cartilage and subchondral bone, several recent investigations have reported oxidative burst and vital organ damage that are being considered as secondary complications of arthritis. The continuous generation of free radicals like reactive oxygen and nitrogen species is(More)
Melatonin is a pineal hormone that regulates circadian and seasonal rhythms. The chronobiotic role of melatonin corresponds with a repertoire of pharmacological properties. Besides, it has a wide range of therapeutic applications. However, recent studies have demonstrated its direct interaction with platelets: at physiological concentration it promotes(More)
Thrombocytopenia is a serious issue connected with the pathogenesis of several human diseases including chronic inflammation, arthritis, Alzheimer's disease, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) and other oxidative stress-associated pathologies. The indiscriminate use of antibiotics and other biological drugs are reported to result in thrombocytopenia, which is(More)