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Gold Nanoparticles for Colorimetric detection of hydrolysis of antibiotics by penicillin G acylase  [PDF]
Neha R. Tiwari, Ambrish Rathore, Asmita Prabhune, Sulabha K. Kulkarni
Advances in Bioscience and Biotechnology (ABB) , 2010, DOI: 10.4236/abb.2010.14042
Abstract: A simple inexpensive method of monitoring hydrolysis of an antibiotic penicillin G (pen G) and subsequent enzyme detection using gold nanoparticles is presented. Gold nanoparticles capped with Cetyl trimethyl ammonium bromide (CTAB) are synthesized using chemical route. The particles could be used for detection of Penicillin G acylase (PGA) enzyme by incorporating hydrolysis reaction with pen G. This hydrolysis reaction leads to a shift in the surface plasmon band of gold nanoparticles from 527 nm to 545 nm accompanied by a visual colorimetric change in the solution from red to blue. The process is attributed to aggregation of nanoparticles caused due to displacement of CTAB bilayer by byproducts of the hydrolysis reaction. It is proposed that the presence of 0.007 mg/ml of PGA can be detected by a color change of gold nanoparticles solution without requiring any complicated instrument or highly trained operator to conduct the test. The method could also identify the presence of different penicillins by showing different spectral shifts. Thus the work presented here would be useful not only for the detection of the pharmaceutically important drug Pen G, but also represents a general methodology for the detection of enzymes, eg PGA.
Effects of Altered Maternal Folic Acid, Vitamin B12 and Docosahexaenoic Acid on Placental Global DNA Methylation Patterns in Wistar Rats
Asmita Kulkarni,Kamini Dangat,Anvita Kale,Pratiksha Sable,Preeti Chavan-Gautam,Sadhana Joshi
PLOS ONE , 2012, DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0017706
Abstract: Potential adverse effects of excess maternal folic acid supplementation on a vegetarian population deficient in vitamin B12 are poorly understood. We have previously shown in a rat model that maternal folic acid supplementation at marginal protein levels reduces brain omega-3 fatty acid levels in the adult offspring. We have also reported that reduced docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) levels may result in diversion of methyl groups towards DNA in the one carbon metabolic pathway ultimately resulting in DNA methylation. This study was designed to examine the effect of normal and excess folic acid in the absence and presence of vitamin B12 deficiency on global methylation patterns in the placenta. Further, the effect of maternal omega 3 fatty acid supplementation on the above vitamin B12 deficient diets was also examined. Our results suggest maternal folic acid supplementation in the absence of vitamin B12 lowers plasma and placental DHA levels (p<0.05) and reduces global DNA methylation levels (p<0.05). When this group was supplemented with omega 3 fatty acids there was an increase in placental DHA levels and subsequently DNA methylation levels revert back to the levels of the control group. Our results suggest for the first time that DHA plays an important role in one carbon metabolism thereby influencing global DNA methylation in the placenta.
Ameliorative potentials of Syzygium jambolanum extract against arsenic-induced stress in L6 cells in vitro
Asmita Samadder
Zhong Xi Yi Jie He Xue Bao , 2012,
Abstract: OBJECTIVE: To determine the ameliorative potentials of Syzygium jambolanum (SJ) extract in L6 skeletal muscle cells in regard to arsenic-induced impairment of optimum glucose homeostasis and improper functioning of mitochondria.METHODS: Several study parameters like glucose level and mitochondrial functioning through indexes of pyruvate kinase, glucokinase and mitochondrial membrane potential were assessed. The expression of the relevant marker proteins and mRNAs like glucose transporter 4 (GLUT4), insulin receptor substrate 1 (IRS1), IRS2 and glucokinase for tracking down the signalling cascade were critically analyzed.RESULTS: Introduction of SJ extract could bring about positive modulation of various markers, by acting on GLUT4, thereby bringing about an attenuation of the arsenite-induced toxic conditions in L6 cells.CONCLUSION: Syzygium jambolanum extract has considerable ameliorating potentials against arsenic-induced glucose imbalance and stress and has possibility of therapeutic use in the management of arsenic-induced toxicity including hyperglycemia.
Conservation-induced displacement: A comparative study of two Indian protected areas
Kabra Asmita
Conservation & Society , 2009,
Abstract: Attempts at ′preservation via displacement′ are an extreme manifestation of the ′fortress′ or an exclusionary conservation paradigm, support for which has increased lately due to escalating conservation threats. While the policies and processes emanating from this paradigm have produced positive conservation outcomes for some Protected Areas, livelihood outcomes for the displaced people have seldom been as positive. This article examines whether the impoverishment risks arising from conservation-induced displacement tend to vary with the degree of marginalisation of the displaced community. In this light, this article examines in detail the impact on livelihood of conservation-induced displacement in two Protected Areas (PAs) of India. The article posits that understanding the dynamic livelihood context of displaced communities, especially the ecological base of their livelihoods, is critical to any assessment of their pre- and post-displacement livelihood strategies and livelihood outcomes (such as income, poverty, food security and health). A variety of livelihood parameters, including compensation received, consumption flows, agricultural production, monetary income, food security, headcount ratio of poverty and overall poverty indices have been studied, to understand the extent to which key livelihood risks arising out of displacement are addressed by the rehabilitation package and process in the two PAs. The Sahariya is a forest-dependent Adivasi community living in and around the Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary in the semi-arid tropical region of Madhya Pradesh. The Sahariya Adivasis of the Kuno Sanctuary were a socially, politically and economically marginalised community, whose lives and livelihoods were intricately linked to their ecological base. We found that inadequate attention was paid to this factor while designing and implementing a suitable rehabilitation package for the 1650 Sahariya households displaced from this PA. As a result, their material condition deteriorated after displacement, due to loss of livelihood diversification opportunities and alienation from their natural resource base. Displacement thus resulted in rapid proletarianisation and pauperisation of these households, and their ′integration′ into the national ′mainstream′ occurred at highly disadvantageous terms. The 430 odd households displaced from the Bhadra Wildlife Sanctuary in the Western Ghats (a biodiversity hotspot in the Southern Indian state of Karnataka) consisted of relatively less marginalised social groups like the Gowdas and the Shettys, both of whom occupy a prom
Power Corrections in Deep Inelastic Scattering and Non-perturbative Light-front Dynamics
Asmita Mukherjee
Physics , 2001,
Abstract: In this thesis, we have investigated the higher twist structure functions in the recently developed method based on light-front Hamiltonian QCD. Because of various special properties of light-front QCD, this is a more intuitive approach towards deep inelastic scattering but has a well defined field theoretic calculational procedure. Because our method is different from the conventional one, we have obtained various new results. Also, it is easier to explore many aspects which are difficult to understand in the conventional way. The structure functions, twist four $F_L$ and $g_T$ contain non-trivial interaction dependence in the operator structure and therefore involve quark-gluon dynamics. We have shown that the intergrals of these are directly related to the light-front Hamiltonian density and transverse spin operator respectively. These are non-perturbative relations. We have also renormalized the twist four longitudinal structure function and the full transverse spin operator respectively upto one loop in light-front Hamiltonian perturbation theory. We have investigated twist four $F_L$ for bound states like a meson in 1+1 dimensional QCD and for a positronium in 3+1 dimensional QED.
A Field Theoretic Investigation of Spin in QCD
Asmita Mukherjee
Physics , 2000, DOI: 10.1016/S0920-5632(00)00867-7
Abstract: Utilizing the kinematical boost in light-front formalism one can address the issue of relativistic spin operators in an arbitrary reference frame. In the gauge $A^+=0$, the interaction dependent transverse spin operators can be separated into three parts. In analogy with the helicity sum rule, we propose a transverse spin sum rule. We perform a one loop renormalization of the transverse spin operator and show that the counterterm needed is the same as the linear mass counterterm in the light-front QCD Hamiltonian.
Twist Four Longitudinal Structure Function for a Positronium-like Bound State in Light-Front QED
Asmita Mukherjee
Physics , 2001, DOI: 10.1016/S0370-2693(01)00954-6
Abstract: To have an analytic understanding of the higher-twist structure functions, we calculate twist four longitudinal structure function for a positronium-like bound state in weak coupling light-front QED. We find that in the weakly coupled system, the fermionic part of $F_L$ is related to the kinetic energy of the fermions and not to the interaction. We verify a previously proposed sum rule in this limit, which in this case reduces to a relation connecting the kinetic and the potential energies to the binding energy of positronium. Using the analytic form of the wave function of positronium in this limit, we show that the constituent counting rule does not hold for $x \to 1$. The twist four $F_L$ in this limit is similar in form to a widely used phenomenological ansatz.
Extending cell cycle synchrony and deconvolving population effects in budding yeast through an analysis of volume growth with a structured Leslie model  [PDF]
Chris C. Stowers, Asmita M. Boczko
Journal of Biomedical Science and Engineering (JBiSE) , 2010, DOI: 10.4236/jbise.2010.310129
Abstract: Budding yeast are a fundamental organism at the center of systems biology research. Understanding the physiology and kinetics of their growth and division is fundamental to the design of models of gene regulation and the interpretation of experimental measurements. We have developed a Leslie model with structured volume and age classes to understand population growth and cell cycle synchrony in budding yeast. The model exhibits broad agreement with a variety of experimental data. The model is easily annotated with volume milestones and cell cycle phases and at least three distinct goals are realizable: 1) One can investigate how any single cell property manifests itself at the population level. 2) One can deconvolve observed population averages into individual cell signals structured by volume and age. 3) One can investigate controllability of the population dynamics. We focus on the latter question. Our model was initially designed to answer the question: Can continuous volume filtration extend synchrony? To date, most general experimental methods can produce an initially synchronous population whose synchrony decays rapidly over three or four cell cycles. Our model predicts that continuous volume filtration can extend this maintenance of synchrony by an order of magnitude. Our data inform the development of simple fluidic devices to extend synchrony in continuous culture at all scales from nanophysiometers to bioreactors.
Trend and Periodicity Analysis in Rainfall Pattern of Nira Basin, Central India  [PDF]
Asmita Ramkrishna Murumkar, Dhyan Singh Arya
American Journal of Climate Change (AJCC) , 2014, DOI: 10.4236/ajcc.2014.31006

Seasonal and annual rainfall data of the stations: Akluj, Baramati, Bhor and Malsiras stations located in Nira Basin, Central India, were analyzed for studying trend and periodicity using 104 years’ rainfall data. The analysis was carried out by using Mann-Kendall (MK), Modified Mann-Kendall (MMK) and Theil and Sen’s slope estimator tests describing rising trend at all the stations. However, it is statistically significant at Akluj and Bhor stations at 10% significance level. Bhor station showed the maximum increase in percentage change i.e. 0.28% in annual rainfall. Monsoon and post-monsoon seasonal rainfall shows a rising trend while the summer and winter seasonal rainfall shows a falling trend. Wavelet analysis showed prominent annual rainfall periods ranging from 2 to 8 years at all the stations after 1960s resulting in describing more changes in the rainfall patterns after 1960s.

A Dynamical Model to Analyze the Influence of Sliding Friction on Motion on a Curve—An Analytical Method  [PDF]
Prahlad Kulkarni
Open Journal of Applied Sciences (OJAppS) , 2015, DOI: 10.4236/ojapps.2015.58043
Abstract: To demonstrate the influence of sliding friction of motion on a curve, a circular path is considered for simplicity on which a person slides from the highest point to the lowest point. A slide which represents a quadrant of radius 5 m and a person of mass 60 kg are considered for comparison in this paper. A Differential equation for motion considering the fact that the normal force depends both on the sin component of weight and also on the tangential velocity, is established and is solved using integrating factor method, and the motion is analysed for different surface roughness of the slide and is compared using superimposed graphs, also the limiting value of friction coefficient at which the person just exits the slide is determined. The correction factor for exit velocity with friction as compared with the exit velocity for zero friction is determined. The fraction of energy lost to friction at the exit is evaluated. The Variation of normal force with the position of the person on the slide is plotted for different surface roughness of the slide, and the position on the slide where the normal force or the force experienced by the person is maximum, is determined and hence its maximum value is evaluated for different surface roughness. For simplicity, a point contact between the body and the slide is considered.
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