Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences

Patna, India

Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences

Patna, India

The Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical science , which is located at Agam Kuan, Patna, Bihar, India is a permanent research institute of the Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi and an autonomous body of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. Wikipedia.

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Ali V.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences | Nozaki T.,Japan National Institute of Infectious Diseases | Nozaki T.,University of Tsukuba
Advances in Parasitology | Year: 2013

Fe-S clusters are ensembles of sulphide-linked di-, tri-, and tetra-iron centres of a variety of metalloproteins that play important roles in reduction and oxidation of mitochondrial electron transport, energy metabolism, regulation of gene expression, cell survival, nitrogen fixation, and numerous other metabolic pathways. The Fe-S clusters are assembled by one of four distinct systems: NIF, SUF, ISC, and CIA machineries. The ISC machinery is a house-keeping system conserved widely from prokaryotes to higher eukaryotes, while the other systems are present in a limited range of organisms and play supplementary roles under certain conditions such as stress. Fe-S cluster-containing proteins and the components required for Fe-S cluster biosynthesis are modulated under stress conditions, drug resistance, and developmental stages. It is also known that a defect in Fe-S proteins and Fe-S cluster biogenesis leads to many genetic disorders in humans, which indicates the importance of the systems. In this review, we describe the biological and physiological significance of Fe-S cluster-containing proteins and their biosynthesis in parasitic protozoa including Plasmodium, Trypanosoma, Leishmania, Giardia, Trichomonas, Entamoeba, Cryptosporidium, Blastocystis, and microsporidia. We also discuss the roles of Fe-S cluster biosynthesis in proliferation, differentiation, and stress response in protozoan parasites. The heterogeneity of the systems and the compartmentalization of Fe-S cluster biogenesis in the protozoan parasites likely reflect divergent evolution under highly diverse environmental niches, and influence their parasitic lifestyle and pathogenesis. Finally, both Fe-S cluster-containing proteins and their biosynthetic machinery in protozoan parasites are remarkably different from those in their mammalian hosts. Thus, they represent a rational target for the development of novel chemotherapeutic and prophylactic agents against protozoan infections. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


Singh R.P.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences | Shivam P.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences | Ghosh A.K.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences | Kumar V.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences | Das P.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences
Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America | Year: 2015

Indoor residual spraying (IRS) is used to control visceral leishmaniasis (VL) in India, but it is poorly quality assured. Quality assurance was performed in eight VL endemic districts in Bihar State, India, in 2014. Residual dichlorodiphenyltrichloroethane (DDT) was sampled from walls using Bostik tape discs, and DDT concentrations [grams of active ingredient per square meter (g ai/m2)] were determined using HPLC. Pre-IRS surveys were performed in three districts, and post-IRS surveys were performed in eight districts. A 20% threshold above and below the target spray of 1.0 g ai/m2 was defined as "in range." The entomological assessments were made in four districts in IRS and non-IRS villages. Vector densities were measured: pre-IRS and 1 and 3 mo post-IRS. Insecticide susceptibility to 4% DDT and 0.05% deltamethrin WHO-impregnated papers was determined with wild-caught sand flies. The majority (329 of 360, 91.3%) of pre-IRS samples had residual DDT concentrations of <0.1 g ai/m2. The mean residual concentration of DDT post-IRS was 0.37 g ai/m2; 84.9% of walls were undersprayed, 7.4% were sprayed in range, and 7.6% were oversprayed. The abundance of sand flies in IRS and non-IRS villages was significantly different at 1 mo post-IRS only. Sand flies were highly resistant to DDT but susceptible to deltamethrin. The Stockholm Convention, ratified by India in 2006, calls for the complete phasing out of DDT as soon as practical, with limited use in the interim where no viable IRS alternatives exist. Given the poor quality of the DDT-based IRS, ready availability of pyrethroids, and susceptibility profile of Indian sand flies, the continued use of DDT in this IRS program is questionable. © 2015, National Academy of Sciences. All rights reserved.


Sharma A.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences | Raman A.,Near Seva Sadan Hospital | Pradeep A.R.,GDCRI
Oral Diseases | Year: 2015

Objectives: The chronic periodontitis (CP) and psoriasis share common risk factors and co-morbidities. This study was designed to explore how frequently CP is associated with patients with psoriasis compared to systemic healthy subjects. Materials and Methods: The periodontal clinical parameters probing depth (PD), periodontal attachment level (PAL), and presence or absence of radiographic bone loss (J Periodontol, 78, 2007, 1387) were recorded in 33 psoriasis subjects and 35 healthy subjects. The severity of psoriasis was assessed and recorded by Psoriasis Area and Severity Index as described earlier by Cohen et al (J Dermatolog Treat, 16, 2005, 308). The other oral health characteristics were also recorded. Results: Probing depth and PAL showed significant higher values in psoriasis group compared with healthy group. It was also found that periodontal status was associated with severity of psoriasis. Conclusions: The results showed a link between CP and psoriasis. This suggests the need for a multidisciplinary approach to manage psoriasis patients with chronic periodontitis, especially in relation to current and future treatment. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons A/S.


Burza S.,Médecins Sans Frontières | Sinha P.K.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences | Mahajan R.,Médecins Sans Frontières | Lima M.A.,Médecins Sans Frontières | And 4 more authors.
PLoS neglected tropical diseases | Year: 2014

Visceral Leishmaniasis (VL; also known as Kala-azar) is an ultimately fatal disease endemic in Bihar. A 2007 observational cohort study in Bihar of 251 patients with VL treated with 20 mg/Kg intravenous liposomal amphotericin B (Ambisome) demonstrated a 98% cure rate at 6-months. Between July 2007 and August 2012, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and the Rajendra Memorial Research Institute (RMRI) implemented a VL treatment project in Bihar, India-an area highly endemic for Leishmania donovani-using this regimen as first-line treatment. Intravenous Ambisome 20 mg/kg was administered in four doses of 5 mg/kg over 4-10 days, depending on the severity of disease. Initial clinical cure at discharge was defined as improved symptoms, cessation of fever, and recession of spleen enlargement. This observational retrospective cohort study describes 8749 patients with laboratory-confirmed primary VL treated over a 5-year period: 1396 at primary healthcare centers, 7189 at hospital, and 164 at treatment camps. Initial clinical cure was achieved in 99.3% of patients (8692/8749); 0.3% of patients (26/8749) defaulted from treatment and 0.4% (31/8749) died. Overall, 1.8% of patients (161/8749) were co-infected with HIV and 0.6% (51/8749) with tuberculosis. Treatment was discontinued because of severe allergic reactions in 0.1% of patients (7/8749). Overall, 27 patients (0.3%) were readmitted with post Kala-azar dermal leishmaniasis (PKDL). Risk factors for late presentation included female sex, age >15 years and being from a scheduled caste. In 2012, a long-term efficacy survey in the same area of Bihar determined relapse rates of VL after 5 years' intervention with Ambisome. Of 984 immunocompetent patients discharged between September 2010 and December 2011, 827 (84.0%) were traced in order to determine their long-term outcomes. Of these, 20 patients (2.4%) had relapsed or received further treatment for VL. Of those completing 6, 12, and 15 month follow-up, 0.3% (2/767), 3.7% (14/383), and 2.4% (4/164), respectively, had relapsed. The mean ±SD time-to-relapse was 9.6±3.0 months. This is the largest cohort of VL patients treated with 20 mg/kg Ambisome worldwide. The drug has high initial and long-term efficacy, and a low rate of adverse reactions when administered under field conditions in Bihar, India. Although challenging, its use as first line treatment in rural settings in Bihar is safe and feasible.


Bhunia G.S.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences | Kesari S.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences | Chatterjee N.,Presidency University of India | Kumar V.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences | Das P.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences
BMC Infectious Diseases | Year: 2013

Background: An improved understanding in transmission variation of kala-azar is fundamental to conduct surveillance and implementing disease prevention strategies. This study investigated the spatio-temporal patterns and hotspot detection for reporting kala-azar cases in Vaishali district based on spatial statistical analysis.Methods: Epidemiological data from the study area during 2007-2011 was used to examine the dynamic space-time pattern of kala-azar outbreaks, and all cases were geocoded at a village level. Spatial smoothing was applied to reduce random noise in the data. Inverse distance weighting (IDW) is used to interpolate and predict the pattern of VL cases distribution across the district. Moran's I Index (Moran's I) statistics was used to evaluate autocorrelation in kala-azar spatial distribution and test how villages were clustered or dispersed in space. Getis-Ord Gi *(d) was used to identify the hotspot and cold spot areas within the study site. Results: Mapping kala-azar cases or incidences reflects the spatial heterogeneity in the incidence rate of kala-azar affected villages in Vaishali district. Kala-azar incidence rate map showed most of the highest endemic villages were located in southern, eastern and northwestern part of the district; in the middle part of the district generally show the medium occurrence of VL. There was a significant positive spatial autocorrelation of kala-azar incidences for five consecutive years, with Moran's I statistic ranging from 0.04-0.17 (P <0.01). The results revealed spatially clustered patterns with significant differences by village. The hotspots showed the spatial trend of kala-azar diffusion (P < 0.01). Conclusions: The results pointed to the usefulness of spatial statistical approach to improve our understanding the spatio-temporal dynamics and control of kala-azar. The study also showed the north-western and southern part of Vaishali district is most likely endemic cluster region. To employ exact and geographically suitable risk-reduction programmes, apply of such spatial analysis tools should suit a vital constituent in epidemiology research and risk evaluation of kala-azar. © 2013 Bhunia et al.; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.


Guha R.,Indian Institute of Chemical Technology | Gupta D.,National Institute of Immunology | Rastogi R.,National Institute of Immunology | Vikram R.,National Institute of Immunology | And 4 more authors.
Science Translational Medicine | Year: 2013

Leishmaniasis is a severe infectious disease. Drugs used for leishmaniasis are very toxic, and no vaccine is available. We found that the hemoglobin receptor (HbR) of Leishmania was conserved across various strains of Leishmania, and anti-HbR antibody could be detected in kala-azar patients' sera. Our results showed that immunization with HbR-DNA induces complete protection against virulent Leishmania donovani infection in both BALB/c mice and hamsters. Moreover, HbR-DNA immunization stimulated the production of protective cytokines like interferon-γ (IFN-γ), interleukin-12 (IL-12), and tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) with concomitant down-regulation of disease-promoting cytokines like IL-10 and IL-4. HbR-DNA vaccination also induced a protective response by generating multifunctional CD4+ and CD8+ T cells. All HbR-DNA-vaccinated hamsters showed sterile protection and survived during an experimental period of 8 months. These findings demonstrate the potential of HbR as a vaccine candidate against visceral leishmaniasis.


Choudhary A.K.,Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital | Jha N.K.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences
Canadian Urological Association Journal | Year: 2015

Introduction: We analyzed the outcomes of augmented buccal mucosa graft (BMG) dorsal onlay urethroplasty and anastomotic urethroplasty in the management of urethral stricture. Methods: Patients having a stricture length more than 2 cm were treated by augmented BMG dorsal onlay urethroplasty; patients with a stricture length less than 2 cm were managed by excision and end-to-end anastomotic urethroplasty. The postoperative retrograde urethrogram, micturating cystourethrogram, and uroflowmetry were compared to preoperative values. The postoperative subjective symptoms and complications were recorded and analyzed. Results: In total, 90 patients were included in this study. Forty-five patients had an average stricture length of 5.9 cm; they underwent BMG augmented dorsal onlay urethroplasty. Of these, 7 (15.55%) patients came with recurrence, while 38 (84.44%) were asymptomatic, in the average follow-up period of 32.8 months. The next 45 patients underwent excision of the stricture and end-to-end anastomosis. Of these, 6 (13.33%) failed on therapy and the remaining 39 (86.66%) were asymptomatic during the average follow-up period of 28.4 months. Conclusion: The technique of BMG dorsal onlay is easy to do, it is very reliable, has high success rate, less postoperative complications and better patient satisfaction compared to anastomotic urethroplasty. Our study has its limitations. Recurrent cases of urethroplasty and hypospadias were excluded from this study. Recurrent stricture cases were eliminated to overcome bias. Cases of hypospadias are still best treated by axial or random penile skin flap as BMG augmentation cannot create a long urethral tube. Based on our 4-year experience, we recommend BMG augmented urethroplasty long and short segment stricture of the urethra. © 2015 Canadian Urological Association.


Singh V.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences
Indian Journal of Community Medicine | Year: 2015

In 2009 many countries of the world met to discuss newborn and infant hearing screening current issues and guiding principles for action under World Health Organization (WHO) banner, though most of the countries who had begun this work as universal program or high risk screen do not have exact data and protocol. The developing countries also decided to become part of it and common guideline was proposed. India being part of it included hearing screening as one of the 30 diseases to be screened under Rashtriya Bal Swasthya Karyakram (RBSK). This article discusses all these issues of newborn hearing screening in the world and India.


Jamaiyar A.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences
Research Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences | Year: 2015

Papillary Carcinoma appears as an irregular solid or cystic mass or nodule in a normal Thyroid Parenchyma. Fine needle aspiration cytology is a rapid, reliable, conclusive and cost effective diagnostic tool and Pathologists should be aware of the cytological features of such lesions so as to avoid diagnostic pitfalls.


Mukta M.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences | Sahay P.B.,Rajendra Memorial Research Institute of Medical Sciences
Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology of India | Year: 2013

Objectives: To compare oral misopostol 600 mcg with 10 IU units oxytocin i.m. in the active management of the third stage of labor. Materials and Methods: A total of 200 pregnant women of 34-42 weeks of gestation delivering vaginally in the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences, Ranchi, were selected for study. Hundred women received oral misoprostol 600 mg and 100 women received i.m. oxytocin 10 IU immediately after delivery of the baby and cord clamping by the method of randomization. Results: In the misoprostol group, mean blood loss is 145 ml, mean duration of the third stage of labor is 3.76 min, and mean fall in hemoglobin is 0.55 g/dl. In the oxytocin group, mean blood loss in 125.6 ml, mean duration of the third stage of labor in 3.50 min, and mean fall in hemoglobin is 0.48 g/dl. There was no significant difference between the two groups with regard to the above-mentioned factors. There were 8 cases of PPH in the misoprostol group and 6 cases in the oxytocin group. Twenty-two cases in the misoprostol group and 16 cases in the oxytocin group required additional oxytocics. Adverse effects like shivering and pyrexia were more in the misoprostol group. Conclusion: Oral misoprostol is as effective as oxytocin in AMTSL and can be used safely in vaginal deliveries for prevention of PPH, especially in non-institutional deliveries and in places of low resource settings. © 2013 Federation of Obstetric & Gynecological Societies of India.

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