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Epican, a heparan sulfate proteoglycan, was recently identified on the surface of keratinocytes with the aid of a monoclonal antibody to its core protein. Using that antibody to screen a human keratinocyte cDNA library, a clone encoding the entire epican core protein was selected and sequenced. The core protein of epican is a form of CD44. The deduced(More)
Over six million people in nine districts of West Bengal, India are exposed to very high levels of arsenic primarily through their drinking water. More than 300,000 people showed arsenic-induced skin lesions in these districts. This is regarded as the greatest arsenic calamity in the world. Chronic arsenicosis causes varied dermatological signs ranging from(More)
The underlying causes of obesity are poorly understood but probably involve complex interactions between many neurotransmitter and neuropeptide systems involved in the regulation of food intake and energy balance. Three pieces of evidence indicate that the neuropeptide melanin-concentrating hormone (MCH) is an important component of this system. First, MCH(More)
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVE Pulmonary responses of children chronically exposed to ambient air pollution in Calcutta have been investigated. METHODS A total number of 153 children from Calcutta and 116 from rural West Bengal in the age group of 6-17 yr were included in this study. Respiratory symptom complex, sputum cytology and micronucleus (MN) count of(More)
The E-26 transforming specific (ETS)-related gene TEL, also known as ETV6, is involved in a large number of chromosomal rearrangements associated with leukemia and congenital fibrosarcoma. The encoded protein contains two functional domains: a helix-loop-helix (HLH) domain (also known as pointed domain) located at the N terminus and a DNA-binding domain(More)
AIM To evaluate the effective dose of Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG (LGG) as probiotic in acute watery diarrhea (AWD) in Indian children. SETTING Hospital-based study. DESIGN Randomized, controlled, blinded trial. METHODS All patients of AWD admitted over 1 year were included in the study. They were randomized into 3 groups to receive either only oral(More)
Oral administration of water fraction of alcoholic extract of leaves of Vinca rosea (fam. apocynaeceae) led to marked lowering of blood glucose level in normal and streptozotocin induced diabetic rats. The hypoglycemic effect of the fraction was comparable with that of tolbutamide.
Faecal specimens of diarrhoea cases (n=2495, collected between November 2007 and October 2009) from Infectious Diseases and Beliaghata General (ID&BG) Hospital, Kolkata, India, were screened by RT-PCR using specific primers targeting region C of the capsid gene of noroviruses (NoVs) to determine the seasonal distribution and clinical characteristics of NoVs(More)
INTRODUCTION Diagnosis of tuberculosis among children poses technical and operational challenges, more so in abdominal tuberculosis (ATB), where the protean clinical manifestations continue to challenge the physicians in its diagnosis and therapy. METHODS Medical records of 115 patients who were diagnosed with ATB over a period of six years were studied(More)