Shahanas Chathoth

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Depletion of intracellular glutathione (GSH) is the prime hallmark of the progression of apoptosis. Previously, we reported that curcumin induces reactive oxygen species (ROS)-mediated depletion of GSH, which leads to caspase-dependent and independent apoptosis in mouse fibroblast cells (F. Thayyullathil et al., Free Radic. Biol. Med.45, 1403-1412, 2008).(More)
Curcumin has been shown to induce apoptosis in various malignant cancer cell lines. One mechanism of curcumin-induced apoptosis is through the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway. Akt, also known as protein kinase B (PKB), is a member of the family of phosphatidylinositol 3-OH-kinase regulated Ser/Thr kinases. The active Akt regulates cell survival and(More)
Ultraviolet C (UVC) irradiation in mammalian cell lines activates a complex signaling network that leads to apoptosis. By using Dubca cells as a model system, we report the presence of a UVC-induced apoptotic pathway that is independent of c-Jun N-terminal kinases (JNKs) activation and p53 phosphorylation at Ser(15). Irradiation of Dubca cells with UVC(More)
BACKGROUND Prostate apoptosis response-4 (Par-4) is a tumor-suppressor protein that selectively activates and induces apoptosis in cancer cells, but not in normal cells. The cancer specific pro-apoptotic function of Par-4 is encoded in its centrally located SAC (Selective for Apoptosis induction in Cancer cells) domain (amino acids 137-195). The SAC domain(More)
Sphingosine (SPH) is an important bioactive lipid involved in mediating a variety of cell functions including apoptosis. However, the signaling mechanism of SPH-induced apoptosis remains unclear. We have investigated whether SPH inhibits survival signaling in cells by inhibiting Akt kinase activity. This study demonstrates that treatment of Jurkat cells(More)
We have used a camel cell line model (Dubca) to investigate the effect of heat stress on cell survival. The mechanism(s) of such survival response are very important not only for normal physiological function, but also, in pathological conditions, such as cancer. Those cells that have escaped the normal response to heat are an important model in helping us(More)
Ceramidases (CDase) are enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of N-acyl linkage of ceramide (Cer) to generate sphingosine and free fatty acids. In this study we report the purification and characterization of a novel second type of neutral ceramidase from rat brain (RBCDase II). Triton X-100 protein extract from rat brain membrane was purified sequentially(More)
Glutathione (GSH) is the most abundant non-protein antioxidant in mammalian cells. It has been implicated in playing an important role in different signal transduction pathways, and its depletion is an early hallmark in the progression of apoptosis in response to a number of proapoptotic stimuli. We have selectively investigated the role of GSH in cytotoxic(More)
Ceramidases cleave the N-acyl linkages of ceramide to generate sphingosine and its subsequent product sphingosine-1-phosphate (S1P). Ceramide and S1P are important bioactive lipids, and ceramidases are important in regulating the availability of these lipids. In this study, we report the purification and characterization of camel brain neutral ceramidase(More)
Exposure of mammalian cells to heat stress causes impairment of numerous physiological functions and activates a number of signaling pathways. Some of these pathways, such as induction of heat-shock proteins and activation of Akt, enhance the ability of cells to survive heat stress. On the other hand, heat stress can trigger cell-death signaling via(More)
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