Alaeddin Abuzant

Alaeddin Abuzant
An-Najah National University · Department of Medicine

PhD

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Introduction Several species that belong to the genus Astragalus have been used in Palestinian folk medicine to treat various infectious and non-infectious diseases. This study aimed to assess the phytochemical and biological activities of four Astragalus species growing wild in Jerusalem. Methods Phytochemical screening, estimation of total phenol...
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Background: Currently, there is an increasing interest in developing more efficient techniques for the extraction of phytochemicals. Microwaves and ultrasonic extraction methods are promising techniques that can be used for this purpose. Objectives: The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of different extraction methods on yield,...
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The Dot/Icm type IV secretion system of Legionella pneumophila triggers robust activation of caspase-3 during early and exponential stages of proliferation within human macrophages, but apoptosis is delayed till late stages of infection, which is novel. As caspase-3 is the executioner of the cell, we tested the hypothesis that L. pneumophila trigge...
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The induction of virulence traits by Legionella pneumophila at the post-exponential phase has been proposed to be triggered by the stringent response mediated by RelA, which triggers RpoS. We show that L. pneumophila rpoS but not relA is required for early intracellular survival and replication within human monocyte-derived macrophages and Acantham...
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The ability of the intracellular bacterium Legionella pneumophila to cause disease is totally dependent on its ability to modulate the biogenesis of its phagosome and to replicate within alveolar cells. Upon invasion, L. pneumophila activates caspase-3 in macrophages, monocytes, and alveolar epithelial cells in a Dot/Icm-dependent manner that is in...
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This report presents the prevalence of Palestinian isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in nosocomial infections and their antibiotic resistant pattern. A total of 321 clinical isolates of S. aureus were identified from different patients. The prevalence of methicillin resistance among S. aureus isolates was 8.7% (28 isola...
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This report presents the prevalence of Palestinian isolates of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in nosocomial infections and their antibiotic resistant pattern. A total of 321 clinical isolates of S. aureus were identified from different patients. The prevalence of methicillin resistance among S. aureus isolates was 8.7% (28 isola...
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The Dot/Icm type IV secretion system of Legionella pneumophila is essential for evasion of endocytic fusion and for activation of caspase-3 during early stages of infection of macrophages, but the mechanisms of manipulating these host cell processes are not known. Here, we show that caspase-3 activation by L. pneumophila is independent of all the k...

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