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Metri K.G.,Bangalore University | Bhargav H.,Bangalore University | Chowdhury P.,Bangalore University | Koka P.S.,Haffkine Institute | Koka P.S.,Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies
Journal of Stem Cells | Year: 2013

Chemotherapy drugs and radiotherapy are highly toxic and both damage adjacent healthy cells. Side effects may be acute (occurring within few weeks after therapy), intermediate or late (occurring months or years after the therapy). Some important side effects of chemotherapy are: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, mucositis, alopecia, constipation etc; whereas radiation therapy though administered locally, can produce systemic side effects such as fatigue, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, alteration in the taste, sleep disturbance, headache, anemia, dry skin, constipation etc. Late complications of these therapies also include pharyngitis, esophagitis, laryngitis, persistent dysphagia, fatigue, hepatotoxicity, infertility and cognitive deficits. These arrays of side effects have a devastating effect on the quality of life of cancer survivors. Due to the inadequacy of most of the radio-protectors and chemo-protectors in controlling the side effects of conventional cancer therapy the complementary and alternative medicines have attracted the view of researchers and medical practitioners more recently. This review aims at providing a comprehensive management protocol of above mentioned chemo-radiotherapy induced side effects based on Ayurveda, which is an ancient system of traditional medicine practiced in Indian peninsula since 5000 BC. When the major side effects of chemoradiotherapy are looked through an ayurvedic perspective, it appears that they are the manifestations of aggravated pitta dosha, especially under the group of disorders called Raktapitta (haemorrhage) or Raktadushti (vascular inflammation). Based on comprehensive review of ancient vedic literature and modern scientific evidences, ayurveda based interventions are put forth. This manuscript should help clinicians and people suffering from cancer to combat serious chemo-radiotherapy related side effects through simple but effective home-based ayurveda remedies. The remedies described are commonly available and safe. These simple ayurveda based solutions may act as an important adjuvant to chemo-radiotherapy and enhance the quality of life of cancer patients. © Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Sawant M.G.,Haffkine Institute
Indian Journal of Pharmacology | Year: 2015

Aim: This study was carried out to evaluate the effect of Vigna mungo hydroalcoholic extract (VMHA) by papain induced osteoarthritis (OA) in the rat model. Materials and Methods: OA was induced by intra-articular injection of papain (4% w/v) along with cysteine (0.03 M) on day 1, 4 and 7 in rats and VMHA was administered orally in three doses (100, 200 and 400 mg/kg) after last papain injection. The anti-osteoarthritic activity was evaluated by measuring knee joint diameter, grip strength, locomotion activity and hanging time. Histopathological analysis and acute toxicity study were also performed. Results: VMHA improved inflammatory condition with all the doses, but significant (P < 0.05) attenuation of inflammation was present only with 400 mg/kg dose. The grip strength, locomotion activity and hanging time were also significantly (P < 0.05) improved at dose level of 100 mg/kg however other two doses (200 mg/kg and 400 mg/kg) were not found to be effective. VMHA did not show any mortality or any toxic clinical signs after oral administration of 2 g/kg dose. Conclusion: VMHA improved arthritic condition by significantly reducing pain and inflammation. © 2015, Medknow Publications. All rights reserved.

Ramdass B.,Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research | Duggal R.,Genelux Corporation | Minev B.,Genelux Corporation | Minev B.,University of California at San Diego | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Stem Cells | Year: 2013

Cancer stem cells (CSCs) are defined by their innate stem cell like properties and can be identified by specific markers that include antigens, molecules and signaling pathways. Like stem cells, CSC divide indefinitely giving rise to both more CSCs and differentiated cell progeny. CSCs can give rise to tumors that phenotypically resemble their origin, either morphologically or by expression of tissue specific genes. Tumors arise from a single cell, the CSC, but the cells that constitute the tumor are not identical to each other. Evidence of heterogeneous populations within a tumor has led to an investigation of the cellular hierarchy of cancers. This review gives an overview of cancer stem cells, from breast, cervical, lung, prostate, head and neck, glioblastoma, pancreatic and colorectal cancers and mechanisms implicated in tumor development and therapeutic interventions. © Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Ramdass B.,Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research | Chowdhary A.,Haffkine Institute | Koka P.S.,Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research | Koka P.S.,Haffkine Institute
Journal of Stem Cells | Year: 2013

Evidence suggests that there is a link between high-risk human papillomaviruses (HPVs) and cervical cancer. Studies indicate that persistence of high risk HPVs may determine progression to more severe stages of cervical disease, while the majority of HPV infections are transient and do not seem to be important in cervical carcinogenesis. Earlier studies in different cancers have shown that tumor initiating cells TICs are responsible for tumor formation and progression and interestingly, they are endowed with stem/ progenitor cell properties. In particular, TICs share with stem cells the key feature of self-renewal. The most efficacious therapeutic intervention for cervical cancer is probably vaccination. This review gives an overview on cervical cancer and its potential therapeutic interventions. © Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Ramdass B.,Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research | Chowdhary A.,Haffkine Institute | Koka P.S.,Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research | Koka P.S.,Haffkine Institute
Journal of Stem Cells | Year: 2013

Hematopoietic homeostasis is maintained throughout the lifetime of an individual through self-renewal of hematopoietic stem cells. Defects in the self - renewal and differentiation lead to hematopoietic insufficiency and development of malignancies. Leukemic stem cells (LSCs), which are considered to originate from hematopoietic stem or progenitor cells, not only adopt the regulatory machinery operating in normal HSCs but establish their own mechanisms against apoptosis and senescence. Hematopoietic malignancies are of Lymphoid origin with CLL and ALL and myeloid malignancies with AML and CML and in addition there are disease of the plasma multiple myelomas. One of the major therapeutic strategies for hematological malignancies is hematopoietic stem cell transplantation along with combination of chemotherapy. The review gives an insight of different hematological malignancies, the mechanism and therapeutic strategies available at present. © Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

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