Global seminar on angiogenesis in city

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    Bhubaneswar: Nobel laureate Prof Ferid Murad inaugurated the second global conference on ‘Angiogenesis- Theragnostics in Cancer & Cardiovascular Diseases’ at KIIT University in city on Sunday.

    In his inaugural lecture, Prof Murad, who won Nobel Prize in Physiology (Medicine) in 1998 for his discoveries concerning nitric oxide as a signaling molecule in the cardiovascular system, spoke on discovery of the nitric oxide and cyclic GMP signaling pathway and application to drug development, stated a KIIT release.

    He explained various source of nitric oxide such as natural substances in the body, drugs, car exhaust, cigarette smoke, fires and other combustible materials, and their effects on ozone depletion and earth warming, free radical interaction, biological processes, blood pressure, memory, stroke, diabetes, esophagitis, arthritis, inflammation, angina, heart contraction, penile erection, gene regulation, etc.

    Prof Murad also informed how hormones, neurotransmitters, etc. regulate guanylyl cyclase and increase cyclic GMP synthesis; molecular mechanism, and some biological effects of cyclic GMP. Prof. Murad is presently a Professor in George Washington University, USA.

    Among others, K S Gopinath, Director, Bangalore Institute of Oncology (BIO), Bangalore; Dr Gopal C Kundu, National Center for Cell Science, Pune; Dr Dev Mukhopadhyay, Mayo Clinic Comprehensive Cancer, USA; Dr Achyuta Samanta, Founder, KIIT & KISS; Prof N L. Mitra, Chancellor, KIIT University; and Dr M Suar, Director, School of Biotechnology, KIIT University attended the three-day conference, organized jointly by KIIT School of Biotechnology and National Centre for Cell Sciences (NCCS), Pune, the release added.