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There is an increasing demand for new versatile biomaterials. Silk is reported by many researchers as an ideal biomaterial for different biomedical applications. Most of the studies are carried out on mulberry silk Bombyx mori, however silk from Indian non-mulberry silkworms are relatively unexplored. In this report we fabricate 2D matrices from the(More)
Mulberry silk fibroin is a widely used biomaterial and recent work on non-mulberry silk fibroin also suggests it may have similar uses. We expect silk fibroin from the only domesticated non-mulberry eri silkworm, Samia ricini, to possess useful properties as a biomaterial. Eri silk gland fibroin is a heterodimeric protein of approximately 450 kDa.(More)
Landslides are the most damaging and threatening aftereffect of seismic events in Garhwal Himalayas. It is evident from past seismic events in Uttarakhand, India that no other phenomena can produce landslides of so great in size and number as a single seismic event can produce. Landslide inventories are produced for the study area before and after the(More)
Silk protein sericins, in the recent years, find application in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals and as biomaterials. We investigate the potential of sericin, extracted from both mulberry Bombyx mori and different non-mulberry sources, namely, tropical tasar, Antheraea mylitta; muga, Antheraea assama; and eri, Samia ricini, as growth supplement in serum-free(More)
Bacterial surface components have a major role in the development of biofilms. In the present study, the effect of Escherichia coli O8-antigen on biofilms was investigated using two E. coli K-12 derived strains that differed only in the O8-antigen biosynthesis. In the presence of O8-antigen both bacterial adhesion and biofilm formation slightly decreased(More)
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