Shekhar Saha

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Administration of the chemical carcinogen, 3-methylcholanthrene (3MC), in the hind leg induces the progressive formation of tumors in mice within 110 days. Previous reports suggest that transformation of muscle cells to atypical cells is one of the causes of tumor formation. Molecular events that lead to transformation of normal cells to atypical cells are(More)
For a long time cancer cells are known for increased uptake of glucose and its metabolization through glycolysis. Glyceraldehyde-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH) is a key regulatory enzyme of this pathway and can produce ATP through oxidative level of phosphorylation. Previously, we reported that GAPDH purified from a variety of malignant tissues, but not(More)
BACKGROUND AIMS Mesenchymal stromal cells (MSCs) have remarkable clinical potential for cell-based therapy. Wharton's jelly-derived mesenchymal stromal cells (WJ-MSCs) from umbilical cord share unique properties with both embryonic and adult stem cells. MSCs are found at low frequency in vivo, and their successful therapeutic application depends on rapid(More)
The functional role of the C2 insert of nonmuscle myosin II-C (NM II-C) is poorly understood. Here, we report for the first time that the expression of the C2 insert-containing isoform, NM II-C1C2, is inducible in Neuro-2a cells during differentiation both at mRNA and protein levels. Immunoblot and RT-PCR analysis reveal that expression of NM II-C1C2 peaks(More)
It is the promise of regeneration and therapeutic applications that has sparked an interest in mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). Following infusion, MSCs migrate to sites of injury or inflammation by virtue of their homing property. To exert optimal clinical benefits, systemically delivered MSCs need to migrate efficiently and in adequate numbers to(More)
Enveloped viruses enter host cells through membrane fusion and the cells in turn alter their shape to accommodate components of the virus. However, the role of nonmuscle myosin II of the actomyosin complex of host cells in membrane fusion is yet to be understood. Herein, we show that both (-) blebbistatin, a specific inhibitor of nonmuscle myosin II (NMII)(More)
3-Methylcholanthrene (3MC) induces tumor formation at the site of injection in the hind leg of mice within 110 days. Recent reports reveal that the transformation of normal muscle cells to atypical cells is one of the causes for tumor formation, however the molecular mechanism behind this process is not well understood. Here, we show in an in vitro study(More)
Bleb formation has been correlated with nonmuscle myosin II (NM-II) activity. Whether three isoforms of NM-II (NM-IIA, -IIB and -IIC) have the same or differential roles in bleb formation is not well understood. Here we report that ectopically expressed, GFP-tagged NM-II isoforms exhibit different types of membrane protrusions, such as multiple blebs,(More)
Some earlier studies have reported an alternative mode of microRNA-target interaction. We detected target regions within mRNA transcripts from AGO PAR-CLIP that did not contain any conventional microRNA seed pairing but only had non-conventional binding sites with microRNA 3' end. Our study from 7 set of data that measured global protein fold change after(More)
Binding of a specific siRNA to the target mRNA in a live cell (human breast cancer cell, MCF-7) is studied by confocal microscopy. The specific siRNA (labeled with a fluorophore, alexa 488) exhibits much higher intensity of fluorescence in the bound state than in the free (unbound) state. It is observed that repeated unbinding and rebinding of siRNA (to(More)