Publications by authors named "Mohajer-Maghari Behrokh"

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Association of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) +405 g>c polymorphism with endometriosis in an Iranian population.

J Reprod Infertil 2010 Apr;11(1):33-7

Reproductive Biotechnology Research Center, Avicenna Research Institute, ACECR, Tehran, Iran.

Introduction: Angiogenesis, growth of new blood vessels from pre-existing vessels, is a crucial physiological process for tissue regeneration. This state is also seen in pathological processes such as malignancies and endometriosis. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a major mediator of angiogenesis and vascular permeability which is known to play an important role in the development of endometriosis. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between +405 G>C VEGF polymorphism and endometriosis in an Iranian population.

Materials And Methods: The study population was comprised of 105 women with and 150 women without laparoscopic evidence of endometriosis. Genomic DNA from blood cells was extracted using salting out method. Genotype and allele frequency of +405 G>C polymorphism was compared between women with endometriosis and the controls using PCR-RFLP. Statistical analysis was performed using SPSS 13.0 software. Chi-squared test and odds ratio plus 95% confidence interval were determined. A p-value less than 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

Results: While the +405 VEGF genotype frequencies in the case group were 41.3% G/G, 46.2% C/G and %12.5 C/C, they were 32% GG, %53.3 GC and 14.7% CC in the control group. The distribution of three genotypes and allele frequencies of +405 G>C VEGF polymorphism between the case and control groups did not demonstrate any significant difference.

Conclusion: In contrast to previous studies, no significant correlation was found between +405 G>C VEGF polymorphism and endometriosis. Since this was the first study in an Iranian population, further investigation with bigger sample sizes may be indicated to be able to generalize the findings.
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April 2010

Expression of human tissue plasminogen activator in the trypanosomatid protozoan Leishmania tarentolae.

Biotechnol Appl Biochem 2007 Sep;48(Pt 1):55-61

Biotechnology Research Center, Pasteur Institute of Iran, Tehran, Iran.

A variety of recombinant protein expression systems have been developed for heterologous genes in both prokaryotic and eukaryotic systems such as bacteria, yeast, mammals, insects, transgenic animals and transgenic plants. Also, it has been reported that Leishmania tarentolae, a trypanosomatid protozoan parasite of the white-spotted wall gecko (Tarentola annularis), has the capability of expressing heterologous genes. Trypanosomatidae are rich in glycoproteins, which can account for more than 10% of total protein. The oligosaccharide structures of their glycoproteins are similar to those of mammals with N-linked galactose, and sialic acid residues. For a variety of reasons, including the glycosylation patterns and the secondary structures of some of these proteins, synthesis in eukaryotic system is highly preferable. In addition, formation of native disulfide bonds in complex eukaryotic proteins is tremendously important. In the present study, we tried to express the tPA (tissue plasminogen activator) gene in L. tarentolae. This protein is a thrombolytic agent with 527 amino acid residues. tPA possesses serine-protease activity, with 35 cysteine residues that participate in the formation of 17 disulfide bonds. We have used an expression cassette, including the alpha intergenic regions of Leishmania major and two sites at the 3'- and 5'-ends, for homologous recombination in L. tarentolae, in addition to antibiotic-resistant genes. Southern-blot analysis showed that the human tPA gene had been inserted into the genome of the parasite. The expression of the tPA at the mRNA and protein levels was confirmed. It was shown that the expressed tPA in this system was 70 i.u. (international units)/ml of culture media, which is much higher than levels reported previously in other systems.
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September 2007

Molecular cloning and characterization of Hymenolepis diminuta alpha-tubulin gene.

DNA Seq 2007 Feb;18(1):80-3

Department of Biology, York University, 4700 Keele St, Toronto, Ont., Canada.

To isolate a full-length alpha-tubulin cDNA from an eucestode, Hymenolepis diminuta, a lambda phage cDNA library was constructed. The alpha-tubulin gene was cloned, sequenced and characterized. The H. diminuta alpha-tubulin consisted of 450 amino acids. This protein contained putative sites for all posttranslational modifications as detyrosination/tyrosination at the carboxyl-terminal of protien, phosphorylation at residues R79 and K336, glycylation/glutamylation at residue G445 and acetylation at residue K40. Comparisons of H. diminuta alpha-tubulin with all full-length alpha-tubulin proteins revealed that H. diminuta alpha-tubulin possesses 10 distinctive residues, which are not found in any other alpha-tubulins. Phylogenetic analysis showed that H. diminuta alpha-tubulin has grouped in a separated branch adjacent eucestode and trematodes branch with 92% bootstrap value (1000 replicates). In conclusion, this is the first report of H. diminuta cDNA library construction, cloning and characterization of H. diminuta alpha-tubulin gene.
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February 2007