Sathish Sankar

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Bombyx mori L. (Lepidoptera: Bombycidae) have been domesticated and widely used for silk production. It feeds on mulberry leaves. Mulberry leaves are mainly composed of pectin, xylan, cellulose and starch. Some of the digestive enzymes that degrade these carbohydrates might be produced by gut bacteria. Eleven isolates were obtained from the digestive tract(More)
Background and Objective: Fever is one of the most common illnesses in all age groups in India. Typhoid fever is a continuing problem in developing countries such as India, which has poor sanitation facilities. The diagnosis of typhoid fever is still made by conventional culture-based isolation and identification. Serologic diagnostic tests, though widely(More)
PURPOSE Tuberculosis poses a serious health problem in resource-poor settings such as India. Polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is presently seen as a promising alternative to conventional smear microscopy and culture techniques. Undiagnosed fever is a condition where the aetiology could include tuberculosis in a significant percentage. This paper evaluates a(More)
A new energy paradigm, consisting of greater reliance on renewable energy sources and increased concern for energy efficiency in the total energy lifecycle, has accelerated research into energy-related technologies. Due to their ubiquity, magnetic materials play an important role in improving the efficiency and performance of devices in electric power(More)
CONTEXT Melioidosis and Brucellosis are important endemic infections among people in India, especially in rural settings. Conventional detection techniques have several limitations. Only a few studies exist on the prevalence of Melioidosis and Brucellosis in rural area especially in India. AIM We sought to evaluate detection of Burkholderia pseudomallei(More)
Acute respiratory tract infections (ARTIs) are one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality among young children in developing countries. Information on the incidence of human metapneumovirus (hMPV) and human bocavirus (HBoV) infections in developing countries, especially among rural children, is very limited. This study was conducted to identify(More)
PURPOSE Extended-spectrum β-lactamase (ESBL) producers were reported only from hospital settings previously, but, nowadays, its common presence in community settings is evident from reports. Our primary aim was to assess the frequency of ESBL-producing Gram-negative bacteria (GNB) and their antibiogram pattern among the clinical isolates received during an(More)
The IS6110 belongs to the family of insertion sequences (IS) of the IS3 category. This insertion sequence was reported to be specific for Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex and hence is extensively exploited for laboratory detection of the agent of tuberculosis and for epidemiological investigations based on polymerase chain reaction. IS6110 is 1361-bp long(More)
Indian medicinal plants are now recognized to have great potential for preparing clinically useful drugs that could even be used by allopathic physicians. Traditionally, practitioners of Indian medicine have used plant products in powder, syrup or lotion forms, without identification, quantification and dose regulation, unlike their allopathic counterparts.(More)
Salmonella typhi, Mycobacterium tuberculosis, and Burkholderia pseudomallei are among the most important monocyte-tropic bacterial agents causing pyrexia of unknown origin (PUO), with a significant number of endemic infections in both South and Southeast Asian regions. These infections pose a major risk to travelers to these regions as well. We developed(More)