Vasireddy Veera Vara Prasad

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Five steroids--3 beta-hydroxypregn-5-en-20-one (pregnenolone; P), 3 beta-hydroxy-5 alpha-pregnan-20-one (3 beta-AP), 3 alpha-hydroxy-5 alpha-pregnan-20-one (3 alpha-AP), 3 beta-hydroxyandrost-5-en-17-one (dehydroepiandrosterone; D), and 3 beta-hydroxy-5 alpha-androstan-17-one (EpiA)--were extracted from the brains of adult male rats, rabbits, and dogs. The(More)
In addition to the neurosteroids pregnenolone and dehydroepiandrosterone, organic solvent extracts of rat brains contain related compounds that react with various reagents to yield additional amounts of these ketosteroids. Among the chemicals producing these increments are triethylamine, HCl, FeCl3, and Pb(OAc)4. Most revealing is the action of FeSO4 on(More)
Dehydroepiandrosterone (D) is biosynthesized in the brain by a pathway different from that existing in the adrenal cortex. C6 rat glioma tumor cells in culture biosynthesize both pregnenolone (P) and D. They possess the mRNA, protein, and side-chain cleavage activity of P450scc. On the other hand, P450c17 was not detected. Adding FeSO4 to C6 cells increased(More)
A high-performance liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometric method was developed and validated for the determination of metoprolol in human plasma. The analyte and internal standard, nevirapine, were extracted from plasma matrix by liquid-liquid extraction with ethyl acetate. Chromatographic separation was achieved on a C-18 analytical column with an(More)
Evidence indicating that there exist in bovine brains hitherto-unrecognized lipophilic conjugates of sterol sulfates is presented. These conjugates are soluble in nonpolar solvents and, when heated in methanol containing pyridine, yield polar sterol conjugates. These polar substances have the chromatographic mobility of sterol sulfates and are cleaved to(More)
24-Hydroxycholesterol was found to be present in bovine adrenals in a concentration of 2-3 micrograms/kg and in larger amounts (10-12 micrograms/kg) as a saponifiable ester. No solvolyzable sulfate ester was detected. In bovine brains, however, the sulfate ester of this sterol was found in a concentration of 84 micrograms/kg. A procedure for the synthesis(More)
When incubated with [3H]cholesterol, a bovine adrenocortical mitochondrial pellet obtained by centrifugation at 12,000 x g yielded, as expected, only the C21O2 metabolites progesterone and pregnenolone. However, the steroidogenic potential of the 12,000 x g pellet fraction was augmented significantly by lyophilization. After lyophilization, the 12,000 x g(More)
Although the neuronal ceroid-lipofuscinoses (NCLs) are often referred to as lysosomal storage disorders, information on brain lysosomal hydrolases in NCLs is not available. We have determined the specific activities of several acid hydrolases in postmortem brain gray matter of infantile (INCL), late infantile (LINCL), juvenile (JNCL), and adult (ANCL) forms(More)
Cytochrome P-450scc was isolated from mitochondria of bovine adrenal cortex by hydrophobic chromatography on octyl Sepharose followed by affinity chromatography on cholesterol-7-(thiomethyl)carboxy-3 beta-acetate-Sepharose. The partially purified eluate from the octyl Sepharose resin was free of adrenodoxin and adrenodoxin reductase and displayed biphasic(More)