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Bone morphogenetic protein-15 (BMP-15) is a member of the TGFbeta family known to regulate ovarian functions in mammals. The structure and function of BMP-15 in lower vertebrates are less known. In this study, we cloned the zebrafish BMP-15 (zfBMP-15) cDNA and depicted its genomic organization. The zfBMP-15 cDNA encodes a protein of 384 amino acids. The(More)
PURPOSE To culture and characterize oral mucosal epithelial cells (OMEC) grown on de-epithelialized human amniotic membrane (HAM) to explore their suitability as autografts in patients with bilateral ocular surface disease (OSD) and limbal stem cell deficiency. METHODS Oral biopsy samples were obtained from 20 patients undergoing oral reconstructive(More)
PURPOSE The aim of this study was to develop a synthetic stromal substrate for limbal epithelial cell (LEC) expansion that can serve as a potential alternative substrate to replace human amniotic membrane (HAM). METHODS Nanofibers were fabricated using 10% poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) solution dissolved in trifluoroethanol (TFE) via an electrospinning(More)
Splicing and alternate splicing are the two key biological processes that result in the generation of diverse transcript and protein isoforms in Plasmodium falciparum as well as in other eukaryotic organisms. Not much is known about the organization of splicing machinery and mechanisms in human malaria parasite. Present study reports the organization and(More)
The present study characterized CsLEA7, a group 7 late embryogenesis abundant (LEA) gene, from tea [Camellia sinensis (L.) O. Kuntze]. The gene had an open reading frame of 462 base pairs encoding 153 amino acids with calculated molecular weight of 16.63 kDa and an isoelectric point (pI) of 4.93. Analysis revealed CsLEA7 to be an intrinsically ordered(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to modify and functionalize the surface of synthetic poly-ε-caprolactone (PCL) nanofibrous scaffolds to improve their biocompatibility in order to provide better "cell-substrate" interaction. METHODS Poly-ε-caprolactone solution was electrospun and its surface functionality was modified by helium-oxygen (He/O2) plasma(More)
Methylglyoxal (MG) is a potent cytotoxin being produced primarily as result of non-enzymatic reactions in the living systems. The toxicity of MG is believed to be due to its ability to carry out glycation of proteins, nucleic acids and phospholipids. MG can readily modify proteins and nucleic acids, forming advanced glycation end-products which results in(More)
Urinary tract infections (UTIs) in pediatric population are associated with high morbidity and long term complications. In recent years, there is increased prevalence of Escherichia coli (E. coli) strains producing extended spectrum β-lactamase, Amp C, and Metallo β-lactamase, making the clinical management even more difficult. This study was aimed to(More)
Mild cognitive impairment (MCI) is cognitive dysfunction greater than expected for age and education in either a single cognitive domain or in multiple domains without impairment of activities of daily living. The present case report describes the case of an elderly male patient of 71 years who presented with MCI and was Venereal Disease Research Laboratory(More)