Wasiulla Rafi

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Tuberculosis and helminthic infections coexist in many parts of the world, yet the impact of helminth-elicited Th2 responses on the ability of the host to control Mycobacterium tuberculosis (Mtb) infection has not been fully explored. We show that mice infected with the intestinal helminth Nippostrongylus brasiliensis (Nb) exhibit a transitory impairment of(More)
A PCR was standardized for amplifying three different mycobacterial--IS6110, MPB-64, 65 kDa DNA sequences. A comparative evaluation of the three PCR assays was carried out for the rapid diagnosis of tuberculous meningitis (TBM) using cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens. While the IS6110 PCR was a single-step amplification reaction, the MPB-64 and 65 kDa(More)
Induction of cathelicidin-mediated antimicrobial pathway against intracellular M. tuberculosis by 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25(OH)2D3), the active form of vitamin D, has been documented in vitro. However, in in vivo studies related to inflammatory disorders, 1,25(OH)2D3 has been demonstrated to induce an anti-inflammatory response. We therefore examined(More)
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