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1.  Periodic electroencephalogram discharges in a case of Lafora body disease: An unusual finding 
Lafora body disease (LBD) is a form of progressive myoclonic epilepsy, characterized by seizures, myoclonic jerks, cognitive decline, ataxia, and intracellular polyglucosan inclusion bodies (Lafora bodies) in the neurons, heart, skeletal muscle, liver, and sweat gland duct cells. Electroencephalogram (EEG) findings in LBD may include multiple spikes and wave discharges, photosensitivity, multifocal epileptiform discharges, and progressive slowing in background activity. Periodicity in epileptiform discharges has not been frequently depicted in LBD. We herein report an unusual case of LBD who showed generalized periodic epileptiform discharges in EEG.
PMCID: PMC4888698  PMID: 27293346
Lafora body disease (LBD); periodic complexes; progressive myoclonic epilepsy
2.  The study on achievement of motor milestones and associated factors among children in rural North India 
Nearly 14% of children worldwide do not reach their developmental potential in early childhood. The early identification of delays in achieving milestones is critical. The World Health Organization (WHO) has developed normal age ranges for the achievement of motor milestones by healthy children. This study aimed to assess the gross motor developmental achievements and associated factors among children in rural India.
Materials and Methods:
A cross-sectional study was conducted with rural children in North India. A pretested questionnaire was used to collect the data. The median age at the time of the highest observed milestone was calculated and compared with the WHO windows of achievement.
Overall, 221 children aged 4–18 months were included in the study. The median age of motor development exhibited a 0.1–2.1-month delay compared to the WHO median age of motor milestone achievement. The prevalence of the gross motor milestone achievements for each of the six milestones ranged from 91.6% to 98.4%. Developmental delay was observed in 6.3% of the children. After adjusting for different variables, children with birth order of second or more were found to be significantly associated with the timely achievement of gross motor milestones.
The apparently healthy children of the rural area of Haryana achieved gross motor milestones with some delay with respect to the WHO windows of achievement. Although the median value of this delay was low, awareness campaigns should be implemented to promote timely identification of children with development delays.
PMCID: PMC5084565  PMID: 27843845
Achievement; children; milestone
3.  Leprosy Continues to Occur in Hilly Areas of North India 
Background. The aim of present study was to describe the profile of leprosy patients attending the outpatient department of dermatology in tertiary care hospital in Srinagar, Uttarakhand, North India. Methodology. This descriptive retrospective study. Patient data at the time of diagnosis were retrieved onto a predesigned proforma, which concerned the following variables at the time of registration: age, sex, and residence. Newly registered outpatients leprosy cases between 2009 and 2014 were included in the study. Results. It was found that 65 were multibacillary leprosy cases. Males constituted 62.8% of all leprosy cases. The majority (83.7%) belonged to the age group of 18–60 years. Of the total 48.8% of the new leprosy cases were from the Pauri district. The leprosy incidence rate in this population was 2.71 per 1000 patients. Conclusion. Leprosy still continues to be a communicable disease of concern. The lower incidence in women and children provokes the need to strengthen contact screening, early case detection, and referral activities in the population to sustain elimination.
PMCID: PMC4745963  PMID: 26904107
4.  Decadal transition of adult mortality pattern at Ballabgarh HDSS: evidence from verbal autopsy data 
BMC Public Health  2015;15:781.
Mortality levels and patterns are significant indicators of population health, and are of importance to prioritize the goals of health systems and efficient resource allocation. We ascertained the decadal transition of mortality pattern in adult population aged 15 years and above during the years 2002–2011.
All adult deaths aged 15 years and above during the years 2002 to 2011 were included in the study. Cause of death was ascertained by verbal autopsy tool for adults which is a validated questionnaire developed at Ballabgarh Health and Demographic Surveillance System (HDSS). Cause and age specific mortality, and mean age at death was determined for individual years.
A total of 4,276 deaths (≥15 years) occurred in the Ballabgarh HDSS during the years 2002 to 2011. Of these, 96.8 % deaths were investigated using verbal autopsy tool. Of total deaths investigated, 60.6 % were males. Cardiovascular diseases (19.6 %) were the leading cause of death, followed by respiratory diseases (16.5 %). In the age group of 15–59 years, the most common cause of mortality was external causes of mortality (28.9 %). Most common cause of death was senility (20.8 %) in females, whereas cardiovascular diseases were commonest cause (19.6 %) in males. Road traffic injuries contributed 6.7 % deaths in males compared to 1.5 % in females. Over the years, the proportions of mortality due to cardiovascular diseases had increased (12.6 % to 18.8 %). Mortality proportions had decreased for infectious diseases (12.1 % to 9.5 %) and respiratory diseases (24.7 % to 10.9 %). Mortality due to neoplasms remained nearly stagnant (6.6 % to 6.4 %).
Mean age at death due to cardiovascular diseases and neoplasm had increased from 57 years (95 % CI: 52.2–62.9) to 62 years (95 % CI: 59.2–65.4) and 58 years (95 % CI: 53.1–63.2) to 62 years (95 % CI: 57.0–66.7), respectively, during the decade. Mean age at death had decreased for road traffic injuries and infectious diseases from 41 years (95 % CI: 31.7–50.8) to 39 years (95 % CI: 34–43.4) and 53 years (95 % CI: 48.3–58.6) to 50 years (95 % CI: 44.1–55.8), respectively over the years.
Mortality surveillance using verbal autopsy tool revealed a transition in cause specific deaths from respiratory diseases to cardiovascular diseases over the decade. The apparent epidemiological transition in the community demands reorientation of healthcare priorities.
PMCID: PMC4536602  PMID: 26271623
5.  Outbreak of gastroenteritis among medical students, Madhya Pradesh, Central India 
Although diarrheal diseases with known etiologies are under regular surveillance by the integrated disease surveillance project in India, only limited food-borne outbreaks were subjected to systematic epidemiological investigation. We examined one incidence of a food-borne outbreak among medical students in Bhopal, India, to identifying the source and mode of transmission, and to implement appropriate preventive measures.
Materials and Methods:
We constituted two teams. We did the line listing, filled the structured questionnaire and collected the biological samples. We did in-depth interviews of the case patients. We interviewed food handlers in mess. We randomly collected food and water samples.
The study results identified 30 hosteller case patients for a total of 239 students (overall attack rate [AR]: 12.6%). In female students, the AR was 18.1% and in the male students it was 6.7%. The AR was highest in female hostel no. One compared to other female and male hostel (19.8% vs. 14.3%, 6.7%). We identified four different risk factors for the illness.
As AR s are high compared to the general population. As the AR was high among the girls, the probable source of infection resides in the female hostel.
PMCID: PMC4630758  PMID: 26604614
Diarrhea; food-borne diseases; gastroenteritis
6.  Design and evaluation of herbal hepatoprotective formulation against paracetamol induced liver toxicity 
To isolate and identify the quercetin from polyherbal hepatoprotective formulation. Polyherbal formulations were developed by using five bioactive fractionated extracts of Butea monosperma, Bauhinia variegata and Ocimum gratissimum for treatment of liver disorders by exploiting the knowledge of traditional system of medicine and evaluated for hepatoprotective activity using acute liver toxicity model of paracetamol induced liver damage in rats.
Major active fractions were isolated by solvent fractionation and quantified by HPTLC method. Two polyherbal tablet formulations were developed by the wet granulation method using microcrystalline cellulose, aerosil and other excipients and subjected for physicochemical evaluation to assess physical stability followed by pharmacological screening. The prepared tablets were finally subjected to stability testing to assess its shelf-life. The rats were monitored for change in liver morphology, biochemical parameters like serum glutamate pyruvate transaminase (SGPT), serum glutamate oxaloacetate transaminase (SGOT), alkaline phosphatase (ALP) and total bilirubin for polyherbal tablet formulation at 50 mg/kg and polyherbal tablet formulation at 100 mg/kg.
Active principle was isolated, quantified by HPTLC and characterized with IR. Both formulations showed significant hepatoprotective activity. The histological studies were also support the biochemical parameters. From the results of biochemical analysis and histopathological studies, it can be accomplished that polyherbal tablet formulation at 100 mg/kg can be effectively formulated into a suitable dosage form with added benefit of no side effects for control and cure of chronic ailments like liver disorders. A comparative histopathological study of liver exhibited almost normal architecture as compared to toxicant group.
Biochemical marker showed improved results for polyherbal tablet formulation at 100 mg/kg. Polyherbal tablet formulation contains a potent hepatoprotective agent suggested to be a flavone concentrated in polyherbal formulation which may find clinical application in amelioration of paracetamol induced liver damage.
PMCID: PMC3930109  PMID: 24563599
Butea monosperma; Bauhinia variegata; Ocimum gratissimum; Polyherbal formulation; Hepatoprotective activity
7.  Chitosan–pectin polyelectrolyte complex as a carrier for colon targeted drug delivery 
The objective of present work was to prepare a polyelectrolyte complex (PEC) between chitosan (polycation) & pectin (polyanion) and to develop enteric coated tablets for colon delivery using the PEC.
The PECs were prepared using different concentrations of chitosan and pectin. Drug loaded enteric coated tablets were prepared by wet granulation method using PEC to sustain the release at colon and coating was done with Eudragit S 100 to prevent the early release of the drug in stomach and intestine. Two independent variable, % PEC (chitosan/pectin) and % coating were optimized by 32 full factorial design. Statistical model were also used to supplement the optimization. DSC was performed to confirm the interaction between the polyions. Developed formulations were evaluated for physical appearance, weight variation, thickness, hardness, friability, % swelling, assay, in-vitro and ex-vivo drug release studies to investigate the PEC's ability to deliver the drug to colon. Ex-vivo release study using rat caecal content was also carried out on optimized formulation.
Results and discussion
DSC results confirmed chitosan/pectin interaction and subsequent formation of PEC. The optimized formulation containing 1.1% of PEC and 3% of coating showed highest swelling and release in alkaline pH mechanism of which was found to be microbial enzyme dependent degradation established by ex-vivo study using rat caecal content.
PMCID: PMC3930120  PMID: 24563596
Polyelectrolyte complex (PEC); Chitosan; Pectin; Colon targeted drug delivery
8.  Genetic divergence in natural populations of bronze featherback, Notopterus notopterus (Osteoglossiformes: Notopteridae) from five Indian rivers, analyzed through mtDNA ATPase6/8 regions☆ 
Meta Gene  2013;1:50-57.
The present study characterized 842 bp fragment of mitochondrial ATP synthase 6 and 8 (ATPase6/8) genes in Notopterus notopterus. In all, 97 samples of N. notopterus were collected from five distant rivers; viz Satluj, Gomti, Yamuna, Brahmaputra and Mahanadi representing 4 river basins in India. The analysis of variation revealed presence of 23 haplotypes in ATPase6/8 gene with haplotype diversity (Hd) of 0.899 and nucleotide diversity (π) of 0.00336. The within population variation which was 41.78% of the total variation of 58.22% was found among population. The Fst value of 0.582 (P < 0.05) of the total population was found significant. The results concluded that the polymorphism in ATPase6/8 gene is a potential marker that is important for determining genetic divergence of wild N. notopterus populations. The findings reveal common ancestry of mahanadi population with the populations in rivers of Indo-Gangetic region. However, long evolutionary isolation must be responsible for the high genetic divergence between N. notopterus in Mahanadi and other regions.
•The present study analyzed 842 bp fragment of mitochondrial ATPase6/8 genes in N. notopterus.•Analysis indicated high genetic diversity with 23 haplotypes.•The Fst value of 0.582 for total population was found significant (P < 0.05).•Five genetically distinct stocks of N. notopterus found in rivers of India.
PMCID: PMC4205040  PMID: 25606374
ATPase, adenosine tri phosphates; DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid; dent, deoxyribonucleoside triphosphate; mtDNA, mitochondrial DNA; FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization; IUCN Red List, International Union for Conservation of Nature; CAMP, Conservation Assessment and Management Plan; Notopterus; ATPase6/8; Mitochondrial DNA; Polymorphism; Population genetic
10.  Inhibition and structure of Trichomonas vaginalis purine nucleoside phosphorylase with picomolar transition state analogues† 
Biochemistry  2007;46(3):659-668.
Trichomonas vaginalis is a parasitic protozoan purine auxotroph possessing a unique purine salvage pathway consisting of a bacterial type purine nucleoside phosphorylase (PNP) and a purine nucleoside kinase. Thus, T. vaginalis PNP (TvPNP) functions in the reverse direction relative to PNPs in other organisms. Immucillin-A (ImmA) and DADMe-Immucillin-A (DADMe-ImmA) are transition state mimics of adenosine with geometric and electrostatic features that resemble early and late transition states of adenosine at the transition state stabilized by TvPNP. ImmA demonstrates slow-onset tight-binding inhibition with TvPNP, to give an equilibrium dissociation constant of 87 pM, an inhibitor release half-time of 17.2 min and a Km/Kd ratio of 70,100. DADMe-ImmA resembles a late ribooxacarbenium ion transition state for TvPNP to give a dissociation constant of 30 pM, an inhibitor release half-time of 64 min and a Km/Kd ratio of 203,300. Tight binding of DADMe-ImmA supports a late SN1 transition state. Despite their tight binding to TvPNP, ImmA and DADMe-ImmA are weak inhibitors of human and P. falciparum PNPs. The crystal structures of the TvPNP•ImmA•PO4 and TvPNP•DADMe-ImmA•PO4 ternary complexes differ from previous structures with substrate analogues. The tight binding with DADMe-ImmA is in part due to a 2.7 Å ionic interaction between a PO4 oxygen and the N1’ cation of the hydroxypyrrolidine and is weaker in the TvPNP•ImmA•PO4 structure at 3.5 Å. However, the TvPNP•ImmA•PO4 structure includes hydrogen bonds between the 2’-hydroxyl and the protein that are not present in TvPNP•DADMe-ImmA•PO4. These structures explain why DADMe-ImmA binds tighter than ImmA. Immucillin-H is a 12 nM inhibitor of TvPNP but a 56 pM inhibitor of human PNP. And this difference is explained by isotope-edited difference infrared spectroscopy with [6-18O]ImmH to establish that O6 is the keto tautomer in TvPNP•ImmH•PO4, causing an unfavorable leaving-group interaction.
PMCID: PMC2517847  PMID: 17223688
11.  Draft Genome Sequence of the Sexually Transmitted Pathogen Trichomonas vaginalis 
Science (New York, N.Y.)  2007;315(5809):207-212.
We describe the genome sequence of the protist Trichomonas vaginalis, a sexually transmitted human pathogen. Repeats and transposable elements comprise about two-thirds of the ~160-megabase genome, reflecting a recent massive expansion of genetic material. This expansion, in conjunction with the shaping of metabolic pathways that likely transpired through lateral gene transfer from bacteria, and amplification of specific gene families implicated in pathogenesis and phagocytosis of host proteins may exemplify adaptations of the parasite during its transition to a urogenital environment. The genome sequence predicts previously unknown functions for the hydrogenosome, which support a common evolutionary origin of this unusual organelle with mitochondria.
PMCID: PMC2080659  PMID: 17218520

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