Sai Giridhar Kamath

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A population of cells derived from human and rodent bone marrow has been shown by several groups of investigators to give rise to glia and neuron-like cells. Here we show that human umbilical cord blood cells treated with retinoic acid (RA) and nerve growth factor (NGF) exhibited a change in phenotype and expressed molecular markers usually associated with(More)
Bone marrow stromal cells (BMSC) have been shown to generate neural cells under experimental conditions in vitro and following transplantation into animal models of stroke and traumatic CNS injury. Hastened recovery from the neurological deficit has not correlated with structural repair of the lesion in the stroke model. Secretory functions of BMSC, such as(More)
Thirty isolations of Tembusu virus and four of Sindbis virus were obtained from approximately 280 000 mosquitoes collected between October 1968 and February 1970 in Sarawak, particularly from K. Tijirak, a Land Dyak village 19 miles South of Kuching. Twenty-two isolations of Tembusu virus and two of Sindbis virus were from Culex tritaeniorhynchus; two of(More)
To transfer a large amount of Ca2+ to the fetus, the basal (fetal-facing) plasma membrane (BPM) of human placenta must be equipped with various extrusion mechanisms. We studied one such mechanism, Na+/Ca2+ exchange, as well as related membrane potential effects and binding properties of the two membranes. Na+/Ca2+ exchange was present in BPM and absent in(More)
The concentrative transfer of amino acids from maternal to fetal blood is essential to fetal growth and metabolism. Cationic amino acids are transported across the placental microvillous and basal membranes by multiple pathways which act to mediate maternal/fetal transport. To identify the cationic amino acid transporters of human placenta, total RNA was(More)
449 human sera collected in a Land Dyak village were tested for antibodies to 11 arboviruses. Japanese encephalitis and dengue virus antibodies were particularly prevalent. The rates of infection with these viruses were estimated to be 5-2% per annum for Japanese encephalitis, 8-8% for dengue 1 and 4-3% for dengue 2. Chikungunya virus antibodies were quite(More)
BACKGROUND AND AIMS OF THE STUDY The prosthetic ring annuloplasty and incompletely encircling suture techniques are effective methods of tricuspid valve repair when the problem is only annular dilatation, but not when organic tricuspid valve disease is present. A surgical technique of valve repair has been developed that is equally effective in correcting(More)
Our laboratory has recently identified and cloned three cationic amino-acid transporters of human placenta. We have now examined the plasma membrane domain localization and functional expression of one of these transporters, hCAT-1, in a polarized epithelial cell line (MDCK). To facilitate identification of expressed protein we first transferred the hCAT-1(More)
To study the cationic amino-acid transporter hCAT-2B of human placenta, total RNA was harvested from primary cultured trophoblast and from the BeWo choriocarcinoma cell line (b30 clone) and used for reverse transcription (RT) and polymerase chain reaction (PCR). Primers based on published sequences identified expression of mRNA for hCAT-2B. RT-PCR yielded a(More)