Vikas C. Desai

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The biophysical properties of purified native (nonreduced) mucus glycoproteins (mucins) isolated from lung mucus secretions of cystic fibrosis (CF) patients and subjects with normal lungs were studied using the technique of light scattering. The effects of different NaCl concentrations and 6 M guanidine hydrochloride on the molecular size of mucins, their(More)
We have synthesized and evaluated five series of polymeric gadolinium chelates which are of interest as potential MRI blood pool contrast agents. The polymers were designed so that important physical properties including molecular weight, relaxivity, metal content, viscosity, and chelate stability could be varied. We have shown that, by selecting polymers(More)
Tracheobronchial mucins from lung mucus secretions of healthy individuals and from patients with cystic fibrosis (CF) were purified according to a protocol established in our laboratory. Following digestion of the purified, reduced-alkylated mucin (free of 118 kDa and 70 kDa components) with trypsin-L-1-tosylamido-2-phenylethyl chloromethyl ketone, three(More)
Bis[1-(Ethoxycarbonyl)propyl]5-acetylamino-2,4,6- triiodoisophthalate+ (NC 68183) was designed as a new computed tomography imaging agent. The purpose of this study was to determine the pharmacokinetics and metabolism of NC 68183 in conscious rats and in the isolated perfused rat liver. Animals were i.v. dosed at 69 and 690 mg of iodine/kg. Blood samples(More)
Dental caries is the most common oral disease seen in children and adolescents. This study was conducted to assess prevalence of dental caries at different water fluoride levels in Nalgonda district of Andhra Pradesh. A total of 1800 school children aged 12-15 years were selected by stratified cluster sampling from three areas with different levels of(More)
A minor mucin glycoprotein component (HTM-2) was purified from the tracheobronchial secretions of two cystic fibrosis patients using a protocol established in our laboratory. The secretions were solubilized in 0.1 M Tris-HCl buffer (pH 7.5) containing 0.22 M potassium thiocyanate and fractionated on a Bio-Gel A-5m column, followed by digestion with DNAase,(More)
Respiratory mucus glycoproteins (mucins) were purified from the tracheobronchial secretions of three Cystic Fibrosis (CF) patients. The mucins were completely deglycosylated by treatment with trifluoromethanesulfonic acid and subsequent treatment with alpha-N-acetylgalactosaminidase. Over thirty hybrid clones secreting antibodies against the deglycosylated(More)
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