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Sakhila K Banu

Assistant Professor

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Department: VIBS

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Education

  • Post-Doc Molecular Oncology, University of Montreal, Canada 2004
  • Post-Doc Reprod Endocrinology, Laval University, Canada 2003
  • Ph.D. Endocrinology, University of Madras, Tamil Nadu, India 2002
  • MPhil Endocrinology, University of Madras, Tamil Nadu, India 1993
  • MSc Zoology, Madurai Kamaraj University 1992
  • BSc Zoology, Madurai Kamaraj University 1989

Research

  • Environmental Health
  • Toxicology
  • Reproductive Biology

Interdisciplinary Activities

  • Toxicology
  • Reproductive Biology

Scholarly Interests

Endocrine toxicology; endocrine oncology; reproductive toxicity of chromium-VI on ovarian development and function, pregnancy, and fetal development; vitamin C and nutrioxidants' intervention on heavy metal-induced toxicity; prostaglandin E2 biosynthesis, signaling and transport on mammary gland cancer development

Publications

Prenatal exposure to chromium induces early reproductive senescence by increasing germ cell apoptosis and advancing germ cell cyst breakdown in the F1 offspring.
Sivakumar KK, Stanley JA, Arosh JA, Pepling ME, Burghardt RC, Banu SK
Dev Biol. 2014 388(1):22-34.
PPARγ activation inhibits growth and survival of human endometriotic cells by suppressing estrogen biosynthesis and PGE2 signaling.
Lebovic DI, Kavoussi SK, Lee J, Banu SK, Arosh JA
Endocrinology. 2013 154(12):4803-13.
Intrauterine inhibition of prostaglandin transporter protein blocks release of luteolytic PGF2alpha pulses without suppressing endometrial expression of estradiol or oxytocin receptor in ruminants.
Lee J, McCracken JA, Banu SK, Arosh JA
Biol Reprod. 2013 89(2):27.
Postnatal exposure to chromium through mother's milk accelerates follicular atresia in F1 offspring through increased oxidative stress and depletion of antioxidant enzymes.
Stanley JA, Sivakumar KK, Nithy TK, Arosh JA, Hoyer PB, Burghardt RC, Banu SK
Free Radic Biol Med. 2013 61C:179-196.
Selective inhibition of prostaglandin E2 receptors EP2 and EP4 inhibits adhesion of human endometriotic epithelial and stromal cells through suppression of integrin-mediated mechanisms.
Lee J, Banu SK, Burghardt RC, Starzinski-Powitz A, Arosh JA
Biol Reprod. 2013 88(3):77.
Early pregnancy induced expression of prostaglandin E2 receptors EP2 and EP4 in the ovine endometrium and regulated by interferon tau through multiple cell signaling pathways.
Lee J, Banu SK, Nithy TK, Stanley JA, Arosh JA
Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2012 348(1):211-23.
Chromium-VI arrests cell cycle and decreases granulosa cell proliferation by down-regulating cyclin-dependent kinases (CDK) and cyclins and up-regulating CDK-inhibitors.
Stanley JA, Lee J, Nithy TK, Arosh JA, Burghardt RC, Banu SK
Reprod Toxicol. 2011 32(1):112-23.
Hexavalent chromium-induced apoptosis of granulosa cells involves selective sub-cellular translocation of Bcl-2 members, ERK1/2 and p53.
Banu SK, Stanley JA, Lee J, Stephen SD, Arosh JA, Hoyer PB, Burghardt RC
Toxicol Appl Pharmacol. 2011 251(3):253-66.
Selective inhibition of prostaglandin E2 receptors EP2 and EP4 inhibits invasion of human immortalized endometriotic epithelial and stromal cells through suppression of metalloproteinases.
Lee J, Banu SK, Subbarao T, Starzinski-Powitz A, Arosh JA
Mol Cell Endocrinol. 2011 332(1-2):306-13.
Interferon tau regulates PGF2alpha release from the ovine endometrial epithelial cells via activation of novel JAK/EGFR/ERK/EGR-1 pathways.
Banu SK, Lee J, Stephen SD, Nithy TK, Arosh JA
Mol Endocrinol. 2010 24(12):2315-30.
Transport of prostaglandin F(2alpha) pulses from the uterus to the ovary at the time of luteolysis in ruminants is regulated by prostaglandin transporter-mediated mechanisms.
Lee J, McCracken JA, Banu SK, Rodriguez R, Nithy TK, Arosh JA
Endocrinology. 2010 151(7):3326-35.
Selective blockade of prostaglandin E2 receptors EP2 and EP4 signaling inhibits proliferation of human endometriotic epithelial cells and stromal cells through distinct cell cycle arrest.
Lee J, Banu SK, Rodriguez R, Starzinski-Powitz A, Arosh JA
Fertil Steril. 2010 93(8):2498-506.
Selective inhibition of prostaglandin E2 receptors EP2 and EP4 induces apoptosis of human endometriotic cells through suppression of ERK1/2, AKT, NFkappaB, and beta-catenin pathways and activation of intrinsic apoptotic mechanisms.
Banu SK, Lee J, Speights VO Jr, Starzinski-Powitz A, Arosh JA
Mol Endocrinol. 2009 23(8):1291-305.
Induction of peritoneal endometriosis in nude mice with use of human immortalized endometriosis epithelial and stromal cells: a potential experimental tool to study molecular pathogenesis of endometriosis in humans.
Banu SK, Starzinski-Powitz A, Speights VO, Burghardt RC, Arosh JA
Fertil Steril. 2009 91(5 Suppl):2199-209.
Gene expression profiles and functional characterization of human immortalized endometriotic epithelial and stromal cells.
Banu SK, Lee J, Starzinski-Powitz A, Arosh JA
Fertil Steril. 2008 90(4):972-87.
Cyclooxygenase-2 regulates survival, migration, and invasion of human endometriotic cells through multiple mechanisms.
Banu SK, Lee J, Speights VO Jr, Starzinski-Powitz A, Arosh JA
Endocrinology. 2008 149(3):1180-9.
Molecular cloning and characterization of prostaglandin (PG) transporter in ovine endometrium: role for multiple cell signaling pathways in transport of PGF2alpha.
Banu SK, Lee J, Satterfield MC, Spencer TE, Bazer FW, Arosh JA
Endocrinology. 2008 149(1):219-31.
Edaravone mitigates hexavalent chromium-induced oxidative stress and depletion of antioxidant enzymes while estrogen restores antioxidant enzymes in the rat ovary in F1 offspring.
Stanley JA, Sivakumar KK1, Arosh JA, Burghardt RC, Banu SK
Biol Reprod.. 91(1):12.


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