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Articles by J. Das
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  S.K. Biswas , A. Chowdhury , J. Das , A. Chowdhury , S.Z. Raihan and M.A. Muhit
  The present study was designed to detect the presence of phytochemical compounds and to evaluate the cytotoxic profiles and antibacterial activities of the ethanol extract of the leaves of Elaeocarpus serratus. The phytochemical investigation was done according to the standard procedures. The phytochemical analysis of the extract showed the presence of alkaloid, glycoside, tannin, saponin, flavonoid and carbohydrate. The antibacterial tests of the plant extract and the standard drug, Levofloxacin were conducted against eight bacterial strains using agar disc diffusion technique. The extract at 500 μg disc-1 produced significant zone of inhibition against Bacillus subtilis (25.82±0.61mm), Bacillus megaterium (30.52±0.43 mm), Pseudomonas aeruginosa (20.35±0.51), Salmonella typhi (32.95±0.39 mm) and Vibrio cholerae (16.93±0.14) but no zone of inhibition was detected against Staphylococcus aureus, Escherichia coli and Shigella dysenteriae. The obtained results were also compared with the standard drug, Levofloxacin used at the concentration of 10 μg disc-1. Subsequently, the cytotoxicity test of the plant sample was performed using brine shrimp lethality bioassay which showed lethality against the brine shrimp nauplii with LC50 141.25 and LC90 870.96 μg mL-1. Finally, it was concluded that the ethanol extract of the leaves of Elaeocarpus serratus possessed significant antibacterial and cytotoxic properties.
  J. Das , I. Chandra and P. Roy
  Brassica sp. is the most common oil yielding plant in India. Cotyledon, root, hypocotyl, etc. collected from Brassica nigra and Brassica juncea used as explants were incubated in MS medium containing different auxins and cytokinins either singly or in combination. Explants from Brassica nigra (except hypocotyl) when incubated in media containing 0.5 mg L-1 NAA and 2.0 mg L-1 BAP or 2.0 mg L-1 Kin exhibited formation of profuse hairy root. Best response was found in 0.5 mg L-1 NAA and 2.0 mg L-1 Kin combination. Roots were cottony in appearance. 2, 4-D either singly or in combination with other cytokinins never produced hairy root. Explants incubated in medium containing 0.5 mg L-1 IBA produced very few hairy roots. Explants of Brassica juncea transferred to medium containing similar hormone combination produced green colored compact callus but without any hairy root. Total proteins extracted from both normal and hairy roots were analyzed by 12% SDS-PAGE. A high molecular weight band was observed in hairy root but not found in normal root.
  S.K. Biswas , A. Chowdhury , J. Das , U.K. Karmakar , S.Z. Raihan , A.C. Das , M.A. Hannan , M.A. Monsur Dinar , M.J. Hassan , M.I. Hossain and M.R. Farhad
  Cuscuta epithymum Murr. (Convolvulaceae) is found in Bangladesh and has been used in traditional medicine. The present study was designed to investigate the preliminary phytochemical screening, cytotoxicity and antibacterial activities of the methanol extract of the plant stem. The preliminary phytochemical analysis was performed on the basis of the standard procedures and thin layer chromatography to confirm the presence of chemical compounds in the methanol extract of the plant. The minimum inhibitory concentration and cytotoxic activities of the extract were carried out according to broth dilution assay and brine shrimp lethality bioassay, respectively. The results of preliminary phytochemical analysis showed the presence of flavonoid, glycoside, alkaloids, carbohydrates, saponins and steroids in the plant extract. In this study, the methanol extract was subjected to Thin Layer Chromatography (TLC) in order to detect the phytoconstituents present in the extract and the best result of TLC was obtained from the solvent system comprising of toluene and ethyl acetate at the ratio of 5.5:4.5 which identified the maximum number of spots. Moreover, the extract showed moderate antibacterial activities against Bacillus megaterium, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Escherichia coli and Salmonella typhi with MIC values of 4.96±0.20, 3.03±0.16, 3.47±0.20 and 4.07±0.08 mg mL-1, respectively. The methanol extract showed lethality against brine shrimp nauplii (LC50: 36.31 μg mL-1 and LC90: 83.18 μg mL-1 ). The results indicated that the methanol extract of the stem of the plant possessed antibacterial and cytotoxic properties with several numbers of chemical compounds.
  U.K. Karmakar , S.K. Sadhu , S.K. Biswas , A. Chowdhury , M.C. Shill and J. Das
  In ayurveda, Asparagus racemosus Willd is known as the queen of herbs because it has a strong rejuvenating, nurturing and stabilizing effect on excessive air, gas, dryness and agitation in the body and mind. Ethanol extracts of Asparagus racemosus (EEAR) belonging to the family Liliaceae was investigated for biological action. The present study was designed to evaluate the cytotoxicity, analgesic and antidiarrhoeal properties of the ethanol extract of whole plant of Asparagus racemosus. The test for analgesic activity of the crude ethanol extract was performed using acetic acid induced writhing model in mice. On the other hand, antidiarrhoeal test of the EEAR was done according to the model of castor oil induced diarrhoea in mice and brine shrimp lethality bioassay was used to determine the cytotoxic activity of ethanol extract of the plant. In acetic acid induced writhing in mice, the ethanol extract exhibited significant inhibition of writhing reflex 67.47% (p<0.01) at the dose of 500 mg kg-1 body weight. The plant extract showed antidiarrhoeal activity in castor oil induced diarrhoea in mice. It increased mean latent period and decreased the frequency of defecation with number of stool count at the dose of 250 and 500 mg kg-1 body weight, respectively comparable to the standard drug Loperamide at the dose of 50 mg kg-1 body weight. In addition to these, the brine shrimp lethality test showed the significant cytotoxic activity of the plant extract (LC50: 10 μg mL-1 and LC90: 47.86 μg mL-1). The obtained results support the traditional uses of the plant and require further investigation to identify the chemical constituent(s) responsible for cytotoxicity, analgesic and antidiarrhoeal activities.
  S.Z. Raihan , M.M. Monir , P. Biswas , S.K. Biswas , A. Chowdhury , J. Das and A.C. Das
  Dalbergia spinosa Roxb. (Family: Fabaceae) has many traditional uses in Bangladesh. The crude methanol extract of the stem barks of D. spinosa Roxb. was investigated for possible antinociceptive activity using acetic acid induced writhing model in mice. Phytochemical analysis was also performed using standard procedures to detect the presence of phytochemicals in the crude plant extract. The study results showed 37.20% inhibition of writhings in the tested mice when methanol extracts were given intraperitoneally (i.p.) at the dose of 250 mg extract kg-1 b.wt. The maximum inhibition (40.01%) of nociception effect was achieved at 500 mg extract kg-1 b.wt., i.p. which was also compared with the antinociceptive activity of the standard drug, diclofenac sodium at the dose of 25 mg extract kg-1 b.wt. which produced 68.37% inhibition of nociception effect. The inhibition of writhings was calculated in respective to control group and it was found that p-values (<0.0001) calculated by student’s t-test were statistically significant. However, the phytochemical screening revealed the presence of alkaloid, steroid, flavonoid, tannin, reducing sugar and gum. Finally, it can be concluded that crude methanol extracts of D. spinosa stem barks contain biologically active phytoconstituents exhibiting significant dose-dependent antinociceptive activity in the mice model used. Thus, it is recommended to isolate and characterize the compounds for the development of new analgesics.
  J. Das , S.K. Biswas , A. Chowdhury , S.R. Sharif and M.A. Hannan
  The petroleum ether extract of stem barks of Moringa oleifera Lam. was evaluated for antibacterial and antifungal activities. Ten bacterial strains were used in the study for antibacterial activities while six species of fungi were also bioassayed for their response to the extract. Agar disc diffusion method was used for antibacterial and antifungal assay of the petroleum ether extract at 500 μg disc-1. The results were also compared with the standard drugs, amoxicillin (10 μg disc-1) and griseofulvin (10 μg disc-1). The obtained results showed inactivity of the petroleum ether extract to all of the tested bacterial and fungal strains.
  S.K. Biswas , S. Paul , A. Chowdhury and J. Das
  Gastroretentive floating pellets of metronidazole were formulated to prolong the gastric residence time in order to obtain controlled release characteristics of the drug. Nine formulations of metronidazole floating pellets such as AX, BX, CX, AY, BY, CY, AZ, BZ and CZ were prepared by extrusion method using different quantities of hydroxyl propyl methyl cellulose (HPMC) polymers such as methocel K4M premium and methocel K100LV premium in the ratio of 2:1, 1:2 and 1.5:1.5 while the amount of Na-alginate used in the formulations was 3.50, 5.25 and 7.0 g, respectively. The in vitro dissolution studies were carried out in 900 mL of phosphate buffer (pH 1.2) at 37±0.5°C and 50 rpm for 6 h using USP XXIV paddle method and the content of drug release was done by UV spectrophotometer at 277 nm. It was found that the percent release of metronidazole from different formulations was different with passing of time. The drug release profile of the formulation (AX) having Na-alginate 3.50 g methocel K4M premium and methocel K100LV premium in the ratio of 2:1 showed best fit to Higuchi release kinetics with R2 value of 0.994. Finally, it might be concluded that the polymers had significant effect on drug release kinetics of metronidazole from floating pellets. The selection and use of suitable polymers in appropriate ratio might be very important in designing floating pellets and using the capabilities of these polymers, suitable floating pellets of metronidazole with desirable release rate could be formulated. Thus, in vivo research studies by the future researchers will confirm the appropriateness of these formulated metronidazole floating pellets.
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