Publications by authors named "J Udaya Bhanu"

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Role of quercetin and caloric restriction on the biomolecular composition of aged rat cerebral cortex: An FTIR study.

Spectrochim Acta A Mol Biomol Spectrosc 2019 Sep 14;220:117128. Epub 2019 May 14.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Pondicherry University, Puducherry 605 014, India. Electronic address:

Aging brain is characterized by a change in biomolecular composition leading to a diverse range of neurological diseases. Anti-aging research is of current interest, to lessen the burden of age-related macromolecular damage through antioxidant supplementation and caloric restriction. However, data concerning the effect of these anti-aging regimens on age-related biomolecular changes in rat brain is still lacking. In the present study, for the first time, we employed Fourier transform infrared (FTIR) spectroscopy, to investigate the effect of quercetin, caloric restriction (CR) and combination of both on alterations in the composition of lipids and proteins of aged rat brain cerebral cortex. Aged male Wistar rats (21 months old) were divided into four groups: Control (CONT), fed pellet diet; Quercetin (QUER), fed quercetin (50 mg/kg/day); CR (caloric restriction) (fed 40% reduced CONT), and CRQ (40% CR and 50 mg/kg/day QUER). Three-month-old rats served as young control (YOUNG). Our short-term study (45 days) shows decreased band area of unsaturated lipids, decreased area ratios of olefinic/lipid and CH antisymmetric stretching (2925 cm)/lipids in CONT group compared to young rats, suggesting age-associated lipid peroxidation in aged rats. A slight decrease in the frequency of CH antisymmetric mode of lipids (whereas no change in CH symmetric mode), but a decrease in bandwidths of both CH antisymmetric and symmetric modes of lipids was observed for CONT group compared to YOUNG. Further, a significant decrease in the peak area of infrared bands of proteins and an increase in the peak area of the CO band of lipids was observed in the CONT group. Our data also show that lower levels of α-helical structures and higher levels of random coils, representing altered protein secondary structure composition in the CONT group compared to YOUNG group. Reduction in neuronal cell density and shrinked nucleus was also observed in aged rats. Increase in the accumulation of oxidative mediated damage to macromolecules and diminished antioxidant levels, could be the possible reason for the age-related alterations in the composition of lipids and proteins. However, the combination of quercetin and CR, but not either treatment alone, significantly prevented the age associated alterations in the lipid and protein profiles in the rat cerebral cortex. Further, our results help to understand the mechanism of action of antioxidants under non-restriction and CR conditions, this might help in the development of novel anti-aging treatments to ameliorate oxidative stress in age-related disorders.
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September 2019

Prognostic Factors and Survival Outcomes of Surgical Resection of Huge Hepatocellular Carcinomas.

J Gastrointest Cancer 2020 Mar;51(1):250-253

Madras Cancer Care Foundation, Chennai, India.

Introduction: The aim of the study was to analyze the various prognostic factors that influence survival and clinical outcomes in patients undergoing liver resection for huge hepatocellular carcinomas.

Materials And Methods: The records of patients who underwent curative surgery between 1991 and 2011 for huge hepatocellular carcinoma were analyzed. Various prognostic factors that influenced the survival were studied. The patients were followed up till November 2016.

Results: The number of patients who underwent liver resection with huge hepatocellular carcinoma during the study period was 17; this included 14 males and 3 females. The median age of the study population was 52 years. The median serum AFP in the study population was 132.3 ng/ml (range 2 to 187,000 ng/ml). 41.2% of the patients were hepatitis B positive. The overall morbidity was 6%. The mortality rate was nil. The mean size of the resected specimen was 13.9 cm ± 3.6 cm. The overall recurrence rate was 76.5%. The local recurrence rate was 29.4%. The median time to recurrence was 8 months. The 5-year disease-free survival and overall survival of the study group were 26% and 32%, respectively. The factors that predicted an adverse survival outcome after the log-rank test for univariate analysis using life-table method were presence of lymphovascular invasion (p = 0.047), age ≤ 55 years (p = 0.021), and raised serum AFP (p = 0.041).

Conclusion: The factors that predict an adverse outcome after surgery in patients with huge hepatocellular carcinomas were the presence of lymphovascular invasion, raised serum AFP, and age ≤ 55 years.
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March 2020