Mohammad Safiqul Islam

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Noakhali Science and Technology University: Noakhali, Sonapur, BD


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  • The first combined meta‐analytic approach for elucidating the relationship of circulating resistin levels and RETN gene polymorphisms with colorectal and breast cancer
    Md. Abdul Aziz, Tahmina Akter, Md. Shahid Sarwar, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Egyptian Journal of Medical Human Genetics, ISSN: 11108630, eISSN: 20902441, Published: December 2022 Springer Science and Business Media LLC
    Abstract Background Evidence suggests that circulating resistin levels are altered in colorectal cancer (CRC) and breast cancer (BC). Again, polymorphisms in resistin-encoding gene RETN have been evaluated in CRC and BC. However, there is a scarcity of data establishing the relationship of resistin and RETN polymorphisms (rs1862513 and rs3745367) with these cancers. This study aimed to analyze the relationship of resistin levels and RETN polymorphisms with CRC and BC in a combined meta-analytic approach. Main body of the abstract After a comprehensive online literature search, screening and eligibility check, 41 articles (31 with resistin level and 10 with RETN polymorphisms) were retrieved for meta-analyses. The mean difference (MD) of resistin was calculated and pooled to investigate the effect sizes with a 95% confidence interval (CI), and the connection of genetic polymorphisms was analyzed with an odds ratio (OR) and 95% CI. The analysis showed that resistin level is significantly higher in CRC (MD = 3.39) and BC (MD = 3.91) patients. Subgroup analysis in CRC showed significantly higher resistin in serum (MD = 4.61) and plasma (MD = 0.34), and in BC, a significantly elevated resistin level was reported in premenopausal (MD = 7.82) and postmenopausal (MD = 0.37) patients. Again, RETN rs1862513 showed a significantly strong association with CRC (codominant 1—OR 1.24, codominant 2—OR 1.31, dominant model—OR 1.25, and allele model—OR 1.16) and with BC (codominant 2—OR 1.51, codominant 3—OR 1.51, recessive model—OR 1.51, and allele model—OR 1.21). RETN rs3745367 did not show any association with these cancers. Short conclusion Overall, our analysis indicates that higher circulating resistin levels are associated with an elevated risk of CRC and premenopausal and postmenopausal BC. Besides, rs1862513 in RETN gene is significantly connected with both CRC and BC.

  • Link of IL-1β rs16944 polymorphism with breast, cervical and ovarian cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis
    Zabun Nahar, Sarah Jafrin, Md. Abdul Aziz, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Gene Reports, ISSN: 24520144, Published: March 2022 Elsevier BV

  • The link of ERCC2 rs13181 and ERCC4 rs2276466 polymorphisms with breast cancer in the Bangladeshi population
    Shaid All Sahaba, Mohammad Abdur Rashid, Md. Saiful Islam, Noor Ahmed Nahid, Mohd Nazmul Hasan Apu, Taposhi Nahid Sultana, Nusrat Islam Chaity, Md. Mehedi Hasan, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Molecular Biology Reports, ISSN: 03014851, eISSN: 15734978, Pages: 1847-1856, Published: March 2022 Springer Science and Business Media LLC

  • Assessment of membrane stability, central nervous system depressant, and gut motility effects of Lablab purpureus seeds
    Joysree Roy, Sutapa Bhowmik, Md. Giash Uddin, Md. Nazmul Hasan, Abdullah Al Maswood, Sumyya Zahan, Md. Abdul Aziz, Md. Farhad Hossain, Md. Kamrul Hossain, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Journal of HerbMed Pharmacology, eISSN: 23455004, Pages: 238-244, Published: 2022 Maad Rayan Publishing Company
    Introduction: Lablab purpureus, under the family of Fabaceae, is a plant with various pharmacological activities. The present study was aimed to investigate the phytoconstituents, membrane stabilizing activity, central nervous system (CNS) depressant potential, and gastrointestinal (GI) motility of the methanol extract of L. purpureus seeds (MELPS).Methods: The methanol plant extract was screened for different phytochemical groups. Mice were classified into four groups for in vivo activities. Group-I was designated as negative control and received distilled water (10 mL/kg body weight); group-II served as positive control and received diazepam (1 mg/kg body weight). Group-III and group-IV both were experimental groups and received plant extract at 200 and 400 mg/kg body weight, respectively.Results: Alkaloids, carbohydrates, saponins, glycosides, tannins, phenols, flavonoids, and proteins were found after phytochemical analysis. On hypotonic solution-induced hemolysis of erythrocyte membrane, MELPS9 (9 mg/mL) resulted in the highest percentage of inhibition (60.51 ± 0.889), and on heat-induced hemolysis, MELPS9 (9 mg/mL) resulted in the highest percentage of inhibition (33.97 ± 0.21). In the case of the CNS depressant potential experiment, mice that received a sample at a dose of 400 mg/kg body weight showed the highest result (54.40 ± 4.51) compared with the positive control (14.2 ± 3.70) (P < 0.001). Similarly, 400 mg/kg dose sample exhibited the highest percentage of inhibition (60.51 ± 0.889) of hemolysis and GI motility (22.26%).Conclusion: It can be concluded that the MELPS has potential membrane stability, CNS depressant, and antimotility effects.

  • The protective role of vitamin C in the management of COVID-19: A Review
    Mohammad Sarowar Uddin, Md. Shalahuddin Millat, Prodip Kumar Baral, Mahmuda Ferdous, Md. Giash Uddin, Md. Shahid Sarwar, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Journal of the Egyptian Public Health Association, ISSN: 00132446, eISSN: 2090262X, Published: December 2021 Springer Science and Business Media LLC
    Abstract Background The outbreak of coronavirus infectious disease-2019 (COVID-19) is globally deemed a significant threat to human life. Researchers are searching for prevention strategies, mitigation interventions, and potential therapeutics that may reduce the infection’s severity. One such means that is highly being talked in online and in social media is vitamin C. Main text Vitamin C is a robust antioxidant that boosts the immune system of the human body. It helps in normal neutrophil function, scavenging of oxidative species, regeneration of vitamin E, modulation of signaling pathways, activation of pro-inflammatory transcription factors, activation of the signaling cascade, regulation of inflammatory mediators, and phagocytosis and increases neutrophil motility to the site of infection. All of these immunological functions are required for the prevention of COVID-19 infection. Conclusion Considering the role of vitamin C, it would be imperative to administrate vitamin C for the management of severe COVID-19. However, there is no specific clinical data available to confirm the use of vitamin C in the current pandemic.

  • Role of IL-1β rs1143634 (+3954C>T) polymorphism in cancer risk: an updated meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis
    Sarah Jafrin, Md. Abdul Aziz, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Journal of International Medical Research, ISSN: 03000605, eISSN: 14732300, Published: December 2021 SAGE Publications
    Objective Oxidative stress caused by the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin (IL)-1β has been widely investigated for cancer risk. In this study, we focused on the role of IL-1β rs1143634 polymorphism to reveal its impact on cancer development. Methods Related studies with fixed inclusion criteria were selected from electronic databases to May 2021. This meta-analysis was performed with odds ratios and 95% confidence intervals. Heterogeneity, publication bias and sensitivity analyses were also conducted. Trial sequential analysis (TSA) and in- silico gene expression analysis were performed. Results Forty-four case–control studies involving 18,645 patients with cancer and 22,882 controls were included. We observed a significant association of this single nucleotide polymorphism with overall cancer risk in the codominant model 3 (1.13-fold), recessive model (1.14-fold) and allelic model (1.08-fold). Subgroup analysis revealed that rs1143634 elevated the risk of gastric cancer, breast cancer and multiple myeloma. In addition, Asian and mixed populations and hospital-based controls had a significantly higher risk of cancer development. TSA confirmed our findings. Conclusion Our meta-analysis revealed that the presence of IL-1β rs1143634 polymorphism increases the risk of cancer development. Among polymorphism carriers, the Asian population has a higher risk than other ethnic populations. This meta-analysis was registered retrospectively at INPLASY ( , INPLASY2021100044).

  • The link between IL-6 rs2069840 SNP and cancer risk: Evidence from a systematic review and meta-analysis
    Md. Abdul Barek, Mobashera Begum, Furhatun Noor, Md. Abdul Aziz, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Meta Gene, eISSN: 22145400, Published: December 2021 Elsevier BV

  • A case-control study investigating the association of TP53 rs1042522 and CDH1 rs16260 polymorphisms with prostate cancer risk
    Rabeya Akter, Md. Siddiqul Islam, Md. Safiqul Islam, Md. Abdul Aziz, Md. Saddam Hussain, Md. Shalahuddin Millat, Mohammad Sarowar Uddin, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Meta Gene, eISSN: 22145400, Published: December 2021 Elsevier BV
    Abstract Objectives Prostate cancer is the most frequent non-cutaneous malignancy in men. Numerous genetic factors play a crucial role in the progression of prostate cancer. This study was undertaken to reveal the correlation of TP53 rs1042522 and CDH1 rs16260 polymorphisms with the risk of prostate cancer in the Bangladeshi population. Materials and methods We recruited 210 prostate cancer patients and 210 healthy controls for the investigation. Genotyping was conducted using the PCR-RFLP technique. Results In case of TP53 gene rs1042522, the association analysis revealed that all genetic models were linked with significantly increased risk for prostate cancer development (CG vs. CC: OR = 1.99, p = 0.001; GG vs. CC: OR = 4.82, p  Conclusions Our study indicates a significant association of TP53 rs1042522 and CDH1 rs16260 polymorphisms with increased prostate cancer risk in the Bangladeshi population. However, replication studies are required in different populations to validate our findings.

  • Risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular complications in KCNJ11, HHEX and SLC30A8 genetic polymorphisms carriers: A case-control study
    Tutun Das Aka, Urmi Saha, Sayara Akter Shati, Md. Abdul Aziz, Mobashera Begum, Md. Saddam Hussain, Md. Shalahuddin Millat, Mohammad Sarowar Uddin, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Heliyon, ISSN: 24058440, Published: November 2021 Elsevier BV

  • Assessment of the Link of ABCB1 and NR3C1 gene polymorphisms with the prednisolone resistance in pediatric nephrotic syndrome patients of Bangladesh: A genotype and haplotype approach
    Most. Nazma Parvin, Md. Abdul Aziz, Sikder Nahidul Islam Rabbi, Mir Md. Abdullah Al-Mamun, Mohammed Hanif, Md. Saiful Islam, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Journal of Advanced Research, ISSN: 20901232, Pages: 141-151, Published: November 2021 Elsevier BV
    Abstract Introduction Nephrotic syndrome is a common pediatric kidney disease. Investigations on several genetic polymorphisms revealed an inconsistent influence on the resistance of patients to steroids. Objectives This study aimed to identify the association of ABCB1 (1236C > T, 2677G > T, 3435C > T), NR3C1 (rs10482634, rs6877893), and CYP3A5 (CYP3A5*3) gene polymorphism as well as sociodemographic and clinicopathological parameters with the risk of developing prednisolone resistance in pediatric patients with nephrotic syndrome. Methods A case-control analysis was performed on 180 nephrotic syndrome patients. Among them, 30 patients were classified as prednisolone resistant group, and 150 were classified as prednisolone sensitive group. Genotyping was performed by the polymerase chain reaction-restriction fragment length polymorphism (PCR-RFLP) method. Results No significant association of 1236C > T polymorphism with the risk of prednisolone resistance (p > 0.05) was found. The GT heterozygous of 2677G > T was found to be significantly associated with the development of prednisolone resistance (OR = 3.9, p = 0.034). In the case of 3435C > T, a statistically significant association was observed in TC heterozygous and TT mutant homozygous genotypes (OR = 0.38, p = 0.047; OR = 3.06, p = 0.038, respectively) with prednisolone resistance. For rs10482634 polymorphism, the AG heterozygous and AG+GG genotypes were significantly linked with prednisolone resistance (OR = 2.40, p = 0.033; OR = 2.36, p = 0.034, respectively). We found no association with the risk of prednisolone resistance with rs6877893 and CYP3A5*3 polymorphism (p > 0.05). CTC and TGT haplotypes of ABCB1 and GA haplotype of NR3C1 were also associated with the increased risk of pediatric prednisolone resistance (OR = 4.47, p = 0.0003; OR = 2.71, p = 0.03; and OR = 4.22, p = 0.022, consecutively). We also observed the correlation of different sociodemographic and clinicopathological factors with prednisolone resistance in pediatric nephrotic syndrome. Conclusion Our findings showed a significant association of ABCB1 and NR3C1 gene polymorphisms with prednisolone resistant pediatric nephrotic syndrome.

  • Impact of interleukin-32 germ-line rs28372698 and intronic rs12934561 polymorphisms on cancer development: A systematic review and meta-analysis
    Sarah Jafrin, Md. Abdul Aziz, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    International Immunopharmacology, ISSN: 15675769, eISSN: 18781705, Published: October 2021 Elsevier BV
    OBJECTIVE The pro-inflammatory cytokine IL-32 has high susceptibility to develop cancer. But no previous meta-analysis was done to provide firm evidence. This systematic review and meta-analysis was designed to evaluate the association of IL-32 gene polymorphisms (rs28372698 and rs12934561) with cancer. METHOD Eligible studies were selected using authentic databases searching from January 2013 to January 2021. Demographic data and genotypic information were extracted and organized from the selected studies. Review Manager (RevMan) version 5.4 was used to perform data analysis and data arrangement for meta-analysis. RESULTS A total of seven studies with 3395 patients and 3781 controls were included in this study. IL-32 rs28372698 polymorphism implied that mutant allele (TT) carriers had a significantly higher risk of cancer (OR = 1.43, p = 0.032). Codominant 3, recessive and allele models also showed 1.36-, 1.38- and 1.11-fold increased risk, respectively (p < 0.05). Besides, the Asian population showed a significantly increased risk in codominant 2 (OR = 1.74), codominant 3 (OR = 1.78), recessive (OR = 1.76) and allele model (OR = 1.16). IL-32 rs12934561 showed significantly reduced cancer risk in codominant 1 (OR = 0.66. p = 0.035), codominant 2 (OR = 0.76, p = 0.007), and dominant model (OR = 0.72, p = 0.012). After subgroup analysis, an association of rs12934561 was found in Asians (codominant 1: OR = 0.54, p = 7.28 × 10-8; codominant 2: OR = 1.40, p = 0.019; codominant 3: OR = 0.76, p = 0.0006; dominant model: OR = 0.64, p = 1.12 × 10-5; overdominant model: OR = 0.64, p = 3.92 × 10-7) but not in Caucasians. After stratifying with the control source, a significant (p < 0.05) association of rs28372698 and rs12934561 was found with cancer in population-based controls. No publication bias was found, and the outcome of this meta-analysis was not influenced by any individual study confirmed from sensitivity analysis. Moreover, trial sequential analysis (TSA) established a link between rs28372698 and rs12934561 polymorphisms and cancer. CONCLUSION The outcome of this meta-analysis revealed that IL-32 rs28372698 and rs12934561 polymorphisms are associated with cancer. Moreover, the Asian dynasty had a significant association compared to Caucasians.

  • Increased lipid peroxidation, depleted non-enzymatic antioxidant, and variability in trace elements concentration in serum are correlated with Bangladeshi end-stage renal disease population
    Md. Shohel Hossain, Mohammad Nurul Amin, Abhijit Das, A. K. M. Jahirul Hossain Khan, Md Sohel, Jamiuddin Ahmed, Md. Monirul Islam, Md. Shahadat Hossain, Md. Masudur Rahman, Mst. Luthfun Nesa, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Health Science Reports, eISSN: 23988835, Published: September 2021 Wiley
    End‐stage renal disease (ESRD) is an abnormality where the kidneys are not usually working. This case‐control study was planned to determine the extent of serum lipid peroxidation, non‐enzymatic antioxidant (vitamin c), and trace elements in 50 patients with ESRD as cases and 50 normal healthy individuals as controls.

  • CNTNAP2 gene polymorphisms in autism spectrum disorder and language impairment among Bangladeshi children: a case–control study combined with a meta-analysis
    Mohammad Sarowar Uddin, Atkia Azima, Md. Abdul Aziz, Tutun Das Aka, Sarah Jafrin, Md. Shalahuddin Millat, Shafayet Ahmed Siddiqui, Md. Giash Uddin, Md. Saddam Hussain, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Human Cell, ISSN: 09147470, eISSN: 17490774, Pages: 1410-1423, Published: September 2021 Springer Science and Business Media LLC
    Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a multifactorial neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by communication deficits, impaired social interactions, repetitive and stereotyped behaviors with restricted interests, and connected with the interaction between environmental factors and genetic vulnerability. CNTNAP2 gene has been extensively investigated for ASD and related neurodevelopment diseases. However, previous studies have resulted in an inconsistent outcome. Based on this fact, we conducted a case-control study followed by a meta-analysis to investigate the association of rs7794745 and rs2710102 polymorphisms with ASD. A total of 216 autistic children and 240 healthy volunteers were recruited, and genotyping was performed using the PCR-RFLP method. We observed that SNP rs7794745 revealed a significantly (p < 0.05) increased association with the development of ASD in children in all genetic models. No significant association was found for rs2710102 with ASD. Besides, rs2710102 exhibited a significant association with language impairment in TC genotype, C allele, and dominant model. From the meta-analysis of both SNPs, we found a significant association in codominant 1, 2, and the dominant model of rs2710102 and codominant 1 and dominant model of rs7794745 with ASD. Our case-control study suggests that rs7794745 polymorphism is associated with ASD, while rs2710102 is correlated with language impairment. Moreover, meta-analysis results indicated the association between both rs7794745 and rs2710102 polymorphisms and ASD.

  • Association of reelin gene (RELN) polymorphism with autism spectrum disorder in the Bangladeshi population
    Shahriar Ahmed, Ahmed Rakib, Mir Muhammad Nasir Uddin, Mohammad Safiqul Islam, S.M. Amanat Ullah, and Talha Bin Emran

    Meta Gene, eISSN: 22145400, Published: September 2021 Elsevier BV

  • Risk of stroke in CYP2C19 LoF polymorphism carrier coronary artery disease patients undergoing clopidogrel therapy: An ethnicity-based updated meta-analysis
    Sarah Jafrin, Nura Ershad Naznin, Md. Sharif Reza, Md. Abdul Aziz, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    European Journal of Internal Medicine, ISSN: 09536205, eISSN: 18790828, Pages: 49-65, Published: August 2021 Elsevier BV
    BACKGROUND Antiplatelet agent clopidogrel has been widely used for stroke management for many years, although resistance to clopidogrel may increase the chance of stroke recurrence. CYP2C19 loss-of-function (LoF) polymorphism is assumed to be responsible for the poor metabolism of clopidogrel that ultimately turns to resistance. Previous publications could not provide firm evidence due to highly conflicting and heterogeneous outcomes. AIM To get clear evidence from an updated meta-analysis on CYP2C19 LoF polymorphism association with stroke risk in clopidogrel treated patients, this study has been performed. METHODS We conducted a meta-analysis with 72 selected studies from authentic databases, including 40,035 coronary artery disease patients treated with clopidogrel. RESULTS This analysis showed that the worldwide carrier of one or more CYP2C19 LoF alleles had a significantly higher risk of stroke and composite events than the non-LoF carriers (RR=1.78, 95% CI=1.52-2.07, p<0.00001 and RR=1.39, 95% CI=1.26-1.54, p<0.00001, respectively). Besides, subgroup analysis showed that Asian CYP2C19 LoF carriers had a significantly increased risk of stroke (RR=1.91, 95% CI=1.60-2.28, p<0.00001) while the risk of composite events was significantly higher in all ethnic populations (Asian: RR=1.58, 95% CI=1.32-1.89, p<0.00001; Caucasian: RR=1.27, 95% CI=1.08-1.50, p=0.003; Hispanic and others: RR=1.21, 95% CI=1.09-1.34, p=0.0003). CONCLUSION Our meta-analysis confirmed that the presence of CYP2C19 LoF alleles increases the risk of stroke and composite events recurrence in the worldwide population, especially in Asians undergoing clopidogrel treatment. Alternative antiplatelet therapy should be investigated thoroughly for the intermediate and poor metabolizers.

  • Association of RAD51 and XRCC2 Gene Polymorphisms with Cervical Cancer Risk in the Bangladeshi Women
    Sanjida Chowdhury Ivy, Samia Shabnaz, Mohammad Shahriar, Sarah Jafrin, Tutun Das Aka, Md. Abdul Aziz, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, ISSN: 15137368, eISSN: 2476762X, Pages: 2099-2107, Published: July 2021 EpiSmart Science Vector Ltd
    OBJECTIVE Alterations in common DNA repair genes (RAD51 and XRCC2) may lead to cervical cancer (CC) development. In the present study, we analyzed the association between RAD51 rs1801320 and XRCC2 rs3218536 polymorphisms and CC. METHODS Variants were selected based on their associations with some cancers in several ethnicities and the risk allele frequency (>0.05) in different populations. The variants were detected using the PCR-RFLP method. Adjusted odds ratios (aOR) and 95% confidence intervals (CI) were determined by logistic regression models. RESULT Significantly increased risk (p <0.05) were detected for both SNPs with CC (rs1801320- GC vs. GG: aOR=2.21, 95% CI=1.43-3.42; CC vs. GG: aOR=4.48, 95% CI=1.76-11.42; dominant model: aOR=2.49, 95% CI=1.65-3.76; recessive model: aOR=3.52, 95% CI=1.40-8.88; allele model: OR=2.30, 95% CI=1.63-3.26, and rs3218536- GA vs. GG: aOR=2.77, 95% CI=1.85-4.17; AA vs. GG: aOR=5.86, 95% CI=2.08-16.50; dominant model: aOR=2.97, 95% CI=1.99-4.42; recessive model: aOR=3.56, 95% CI=1.30-9.73; and allele model: aOR=2.21, 95% CI=1.62-3.00). Besides, older patients (>60 years) with rs1801320 showed significantly reduced risk (OR=0.53, 95% CI=0.29-0.96, p=0.04) but with rs3218536 depicted significantly increased risk (aOR=2.44, 95% CI=1.20-4.96, p=0.01) for CC. CONCLUSION This study indicates an association of rs1801320 and rs3218536 polymorphisms with CC and confirms that patients older than 60 years are more likely to develop CC for rs3218536 polymorphism.

  • Human TERT promoter polymorphism rs2853669 is associated with cancers: an updated meta-analysis
    Md. Abdul Aziz, Sarah Jafrin, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Human Cell, ISSN: 09147470, eISSN: 17490774, Pages: 1066-1081, Published: July 2021 Springer Science and Business Media LLC
    The polymorphism rs2853669 in the telomerase reverse transcriptase gene (TERT) promoter region is widely investigated for the risk of different cancers. However, previous results remained inconclusive. Thus, we performed this updated meta-analysis to comprehensively evaluate the association between rs2853669 and the susceptibility of human cancer. A systematic literature search via PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library, and Web of Science databases was conducted that produced a total of 19 eligible studies containing 23,085 subjects. The relationship was calculated with the odds ratio (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs). Statistical analyses were performed using the RevMan 5.4 software. The analysis indicated that rs2853669 is associated with an enhanced risk of overall cancer risk. From subgroup analysis, a significantly increased association in five genetic models (p < 0.05) was found among Asians, but no association was observed in Caucasians. Although we did not find any significant correlation between rs2853669 and breast cancer, an increased and statistically significant association was found for both lung cancer and acute myeloid leukemia. We did not find any association in other cancer types during stratified analysis. Our meta-analysis suggests that rs2853669 polymorphism in TERT gene is associated with an increased risk of overall cancer susceptibility, particularly in the Asian population. Moreover, rs2853669 is significantly associated with lung cancer and acute myeloid lymphoma. However, large-scale studies are needed to confirm our findings.

  • Effect of antioxidant, malondialdehyde, macro-mineral, and trace element serum concentrations in Bangladeshi patients with schizophrenia: A case-control study
    S. M. Naim Uddin, Farhana Sultana, Md. Giash Uddin, Syed Masudur Rahman Dewan, Mohammed Kamrul Hossain, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Health Science Reports, eISSN: 23988835, Published: June 2021 Wiley
    Schizophrenia (SCZ) is an incurable neuropsychiatric disorder generally described by impaired social behavior and altered recognition of reality. For the first time, this study explored serum levels of antioxidants (vitamin A, E, and C), malondialdehyde (MDA), macro‐minerals (calcium, potassium, and sodium), and trace elements (zinc, iron, and selenium) in Bangladeshi patients with SCZ and thereby, discovering any pathophysiological correlation.

  • Association of GOLPH2 gene polymorphisms (rs10868366 and rs7019241) with the risk of Alzheimer's disease: Evidence from a meta-analysis
    Md. Abdul Barek, Md. Abdul Aziz, Sarah Jafrin, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Meta Gene, eISSN: 22145400, Published: June 2021 Elsevier BV

  • Irrational pharmacy practice and inadequate health care services in Bangladesh: A lesson learned from COVID-19 pandemic
    Md. Jakaria, Shofiul Azam, Shafayet Ahmed Siddiqui, Mohammad Injamul Hoq, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Journal of Basic and Clinical Physiology and Pharmacology, ISSN: 07926855, eISSN: 21910286, Pages: 129-130, Published: 1 May 2021 Walter de Gruyter GmbH

  • Association Between REELIN Gene Polymorphisms (rs7341475 and rs262355) and Risk of Schizophrenia: an Updated Meta-analysis
    Sadiatul Marzan, Md. Abdul Aziz, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Journal of Molecular Neuroscience, ISSN: 08958696, eISSN: 15591166, Pages: 675-690, Published: April 2021 Springer Science and Business Media LLC
    Schizophrenia (SCZ) is a destructive neuropsychiatric illness affecting millions of people worldwide. The correlation between RELN gene polymorphisms and SCZ was investigated by previous researches, though the results remained conflicting. Based on the available studies, we conducted this meta-analysis to provide a more comprehensive outcome on whether the RELN gene polymorphisms (rs7341475 and rs262355) are associated with SCZ. A total of 15 studies with 25,403 subjects (9047 cases and 16,356 controls) retrieved from PubMed, ScienceDirect, EMBASE, Wiley, BMC, Cochrane, Springer, MDPI, SAGE, and Google Scholar up to June 2020 were included. Meta-analysis was performed using Review Manager 5.3. The heterogeneity was checked using I2 statistics and Q-test, whereas publication bias was also measured. The rs7341475 polymorphism showed a significantly lower risk for SCZ for the allele (A vs. G: OR = 0.93, 95%CI = 0.87-0.99), codominant 1 (AG vs. GG: OR = 0.92, 95%CI = 0.85-0.99), dominant model (AA+AG vs. GG: OR = 0.92, 95%CI = 0.86-0.98), and over dominant model (AG vs. AA+GG: OR = 0.92, 95%Cl = 0.86-0.99). The allele, codominant model 1, and dominant models remained statistically significant after the correction of the Bonferroni (p < 0.025). Subgroup analysis confirmed the association of allele and dominant models in the Caucasian after Bonferroni correction. For rs262355 polymorphism, a significantly increased risk of SCZ was found only in Caucasians for codominant 2, dominant, and allele models, but significance exists only for the allele model after Bonferroni correction. Publication bias was found in the case of codominant 2 and recessive models for rs7341475 in the overall population, but this publication was not found after performing the Bonferroni correction or after performing the subgroup analysis. No such publication was found for rs262355. The results suggest that RELN rs7341475 is associated with a lower risk of SCZ in the overall population and Caucasian population, but rs262355 is associated with an increased risk of SCZ only in the Caucasian population.

  • Polymorphic variants INSIG2 rs6726538, HLA-DRB1 rs9272143, and GCNT1P5 rs7780883 contribute to the susceptibility of cervical cancer in the Bangladeshi women
    Md. Emtiaz Hasan, Maliha Matin, Md. Enamul Haque, Md. Abdul Aziz, Md. Shalahuddin Millat, Mohammad Sarowar Uddin, Md. Mizanur Rahman Moghal, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Cancer Medicine, eISSN: 20457634, Pages: 1829-1838, Published: March 2021 Wiley
    OBJECTIVE Cervical cancer is a gynecological health problem, affecting nearly 500,000 women each year worldwide. Genome-wide association studies have revealed multiple susceptible genes and their polymorphisms for cervical carcinoma risk. We have carried out this case-control study to investigate the association of INSIG2 rs6726538 (A; T), HLA-DRB1 rs9272143 (T; C), and GCNT1P5 rs7780883 (G; A) with cervical cancer. METHODS The present study recruited 234 cervical cancer patients as cases and 212 healthy females as controls. We have applied the tetra-primer amplification refractory mutation system polymerase chain reaction (T-ARMS-PCR) method for genotyping. RESULTS The SNP rs6726538 was significantly associated with increased risk of cervical cancer in all genetic models (AT vs. AA: OR = 3.30, 95% CI = 2.19-4.97, p < 0.0001; TT vs. AA: OR = 8.72, 95% CI = 3.87-19.7, p < 0.0001; AT+TT vs. AA: OR = 3.87, 95% CI = 2.61-5.73, p < 0.0001; T vs. A: OR = 2.97, 95% CI = 2.20-4.01, p < 0.0001) except the recessive model which showed a significantly reduced risk (TT vs. AA+AT: OR = 0.20, 95% CI = 0.09-0.44, p = 0.0001). rs9272143 showed significantly reduced risk for the additive model 1, dominant model, and allelic model (TC vs. TT: OR = 0.46, 95% CI = 0.31-0.70, p = 0.0004; TC+CC vs. TT: OR = 0.47 95% CI = 0.32-0.70, p = 0.0002; C vs. T: OR = 0.56, 95% CI = 0.40-0.78, p = 0.0006, respectively). The third variant, rs7780883, was significantly associated with increased risk in additive model 2, dominant, and allelic models (AA vs. GG: OR = 5.08, 95% CI = 2.45-10.5, p < 0.0001; GA+AA vs. GG: OR = 1.54, 95% CI = 1.06-2.24, p = 0.0237; A vs. G: OR = 1.88, 95% CI = 1.34-2.52, p < 0.0001, consecutively), whereas recessive model reduced the risk of cervical cancer (AA vs. GG+GA: OR = 0.20, 95% CI = 0.09-0.41, p < 0.0001). Other models of these SNPs were not associated with cervical cancer. All significant associations for three SNPs withstand after Bonferroni correction except the additive model 2 of rs7780883. CONCLUSION Our study concludes that INSIG2 rs6726538, HLA-DRB1 rs9272143, and GCNT1P5 rs7780883 polymorphisms may contribute to the development of cervical cancer in the Bangladeshi population.

  • Polyphenolic molecules targeting STAT3 pathway for the treatment of cancer
    Md. Abdul Aziz, Md. Shahid Sarwar, Tahmina Akter, Md. Sahab Uddin, Song Xun, Yu Zhu, Mohammad Safiqul Islam, and Zhang Hongjie

    Life Sciences, ISSN: 00243205, eISSN: 18790631, Volume: 268, Published: 1 March 2021 Elsevier BV
    Cancer is accounted as the second-highest cause of morbidity and mortality throughout the world. Numerous preclinical and clinical investigations have consistently highlighted the role of natural polyphenolic compounds against various cancers. A plethora of potential bioactive polyphenolic molecules, primarily flavonoids, phenolic acids, lignans and stilbenes, have been explored from the natural sources for their chemopreventive and chemoprotective activities. Moreover, combinations of these polyphenols with current chemotherapeutic agents have also demonstrated their strong role against both progression and resistance of malignancies. Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) is a ubiquitously-expressed signaling molecule in almost all body cells. Thousands of literatures have revealed that STAT3 plays significant roles in promoting the cellular proliferation, differentiation, cell cycle progression, metastasis, angiogenesis and immunosuppression as well as chemoresistance through the regulation of its downstream target genes such as Bcl-2, Bcl-xL, cyclin D1, c-Myc and survivin. For its key role in cancer development, researchers considered STAT3 as a major target for cancer therapy that mainly focuses on abrogating the expression (activation or phosphorylation) of STAT3 in tumor cells both directly and indirectly. Polyphenolic molecules have explicated their protective actions in malignant cells via targeting STAT3 both in vitro and in vivo. In this article, we reviewed how polyphenolic compounds as well as their combinations with other chemotherapeutic drugs inhibit cancer cells by targeting STAT3 signaling pathway.

  • Hematological and inflammatory parameters in hospitalized patients with COVID‐19 infection in Chattogram, Bangladesh
    Md. Rakibul Hassan BULBUL, Md. Giash UDDIN, Kazi Ishrak FAIYAZ, Mohammad Rashedul ISLAM, and Md. Ashraful ALAM

    Journal of Research in Pharmacy, eISSN: 26306344, Pages: 857-865, Published: 2021 ASOS Yayinevi
    COVID-19 emerged as a pandemic that is persisting with massive casualties around the globe. To ensure clinical management, changes in hematological parameters are routinely monitored and considered essential in patients with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) to measure the disease prognosis. This study aimed to recognize alterations in patients' hematological and inflammatory parameters with COVID-19. We obtained and analyzed data from 170 COVID-19 positive patients and 78 COVID-19 negative patients confirmed by qRT-PCR. The laboratory data included the hematological and inflammatory parameters of the selected patients. Compared with COVID-19 negative groups, COVID-19 patients had significantly higher levels of hematocrit (HCT) (p<0.01), mean platelets volume (MPV) (p<0.01), neutrophils (p<0.01), erythrocyte sedimentation rate (ESR) (p<0.0001), C-Reactive Protein (CRP) (p<0.0001), and significantly lower levels of Hemoglobin (Hb) (p<0.0001), lymphocytes (p<0.0001), monocytes (p<0.0001), eosinophils (p<0.01), basophils (p<0.05). This study also observed significantly increased levels of Hb, HCT, RBC, MCH, MCHC, monocytes, ferritin, and significantly decreased RDW-CV, platelets count, ESR in the COVID-19 male patients than the COVID-19 female patients. This study suggests that hematological and inflammatory parameters should be considered in the clinical management of COVID-19 patients.

  • The ECCR1 rs11615, ERCC4 rs2276466, XPC rs2228000 and XPC rs2228001 polymorphisms increase the cervical cancer risk and aggressiveness in the Bangladeshi population
    Shiba Das, Lutfur Naher, Tutun Das Aka, Md. Abdul Aziz, Samia Shabnaz, Mohammad Shahriar, and Mohammad Safiqul Islam

    Heliyon, ISSN: 24058440, Published: January 2021 Elsevier BV
    Background Multiple studies around the world revealed that genetic polymorphism in different genes of the DNA repair system might affect the DNA repair capabilities and accelerate the chances of cervical cancer (CC) development. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the association of DNA repair gene- ECCR1 rs11615, ERCC4 rs2276466, XPC rs2228000 and rs2228001 polymorphisms and CC susceptibility in the Bangladeshi population. Methods A case-control genetic association study was conducted among 210 patients with diagnostically confirmed CC and 200 healthy volunteers. The p-value and OR (odds ratios) with 95% CI (confidence interval) were evaluated to get the level of association. Results After the individual analysis of all SNPs, we noticed that ECCR1 rs11615 possessed a significantly lower risk, whereas ERCC4 rs2276466 possessed a significantly elevated risk of CC in all genetic models (p < 0.05). XPC rs2228000 showed a significantly lower risk of CC in TC, TC + CC genotypes and allele model (OR = 0.61, p = 0.025; OR = 0.61, p = 0.019 and OR = 0.67, p = 0.027, respectively), whereas XPC rs2228001 possessed a significantly elevated risk of CC in CA, CA + AA genotypes and allele model (OR = 1.67, p = 0.012; OR = 1.69, p = 0.009 and OR = 1.42, p = 0.022). Besides, ERCC4 rs2276466 (Grade III vs. I + II: OR = 4.01, p = 0.003) and XPC rs2228001 (Grade III vs. I + II: OR = 3.38, p = 0.003) were connected with high tumor aggressiveness and ERCC4 rs2276466 was also showed a lower risk of CC development in the younger population (<45 years). Conclusion The findings supported that rs2276466 and rs2228001 polymorphisms increase CC development and aggressiveness, whereas rs11615 and rs2228000 lower the CC risk in the studied population.


  • The first combined meta‐analytic approach for elucidating the relationship of circulating resistin levels and RETN gene polymorphisms with colorectal and breast cancer
    M Aziz, T Akter, M Sarwar, MS Islam
    Egyptian Journal of Medical Human Genetics 23 (1), 1-19 2022

  • Impact of high‐dose vitamin C on the mortality, severity, and duration of hospital stay in COVID‐19 patients: A meta‐analysis
    KK Bhowmik, MA Barek, MA Aziz, MS Islam
    Health Science Reports 5 (5), e762 2022

  • The association between TCF21 rs12190287 polymorphism and cardiovascular diseases risk: The first meta-analysis
    MS Uddin, MA Aziz, MS Mostaid, MS Millat, MS Islam
    Human Gene, 201100 2022

  • A systematic review and meta-analysis of abnormalities in hematological and biochemical markers among Bangladeshi COVID-19 cases
    MSI Khokon Kanti Bhowmik, Md. Abdul Barek, Md. Abdul Aziz
    Health Science Reports 2022

  • SHANK3 genetic polymorphism and susceptibility to ASD: evidence from molecular, in silico, and meta-analysis approaches
    H Siddiqua, Y Akter, M Uddin, M Kumkum, MA Hossain, M Aziz, M Ahmed, ...
    Molecular Biology Reports, 1-12 2022

  • The role of ABCB1 gene polymorphisms in steroid-resistant nephrotic syndrome: evidence from a meta-analysis of steroid receiving patients
    IMS Aziz MA
    The Journal of Gene Medicine, e3436 2022

  • Elevated Levels of Pleiotropic Interleukin-6 (IL-6) and Interleukin-10 (IL-10) are Critically Involved With the Severity and Mortality of COVID-19: An Updated Longitudinal Meta
    S Jafrin, MA Aziz, MS Islam
    Biomarker insights 17, 11772719221106600 2022

  • Effect of miR-196a2 rs11614913 Polymorphism on Cancer Susceptibility: Evidence From an Updated Meta-Analysis
    MA Aziz, T Akter, MS Islam
    Technology in Cancer Research & Treatment 21, 15330338221109798 2022

  • Catalase C262T genetic variation and cancer susceptibility: A comprehensive meta-analysis with meta-regression and trial sequential analysis
    MA Barek, S Jafrin, MA Aziz, MS Islam
    The International Journal of Biological Markers, 03936155221104128 2022

  • Link of BIN1, CLU and IDE gene polymorphisms with the susceptibility of Alzheimer's disease: evidence from a meta-analysis.
    M Ashraf, S Islam
    Current Alzheimer Research 2022

  • Exploring the role of senescence inducers and senotherapeutics as targets for anticancer natural products
    A Al Mamun, MA Sufian, MS Uddin, DM Sumsuzzman, P Jeandet, ...
    European Journal of Pharmacology, 174991 2022

  • Propagation of age‐related diseases due to the changes of lipid peroxide and antioxidant levels in elderly people: A narrative review
    J Ali, MA Aziz, MMO Rashid, MA Basher, MS Islam
    Health Science Reports 5 (3), e650 2022

  • Assessment of membrane stability, central nervous system depressant, and gut motility effects of Lablab purpureus seeds
    S Zahan, MA Aziz, MF Hossain, MK Hossain, M Safiqul
    Journal of Herbmed Pharmacology 11 (2) 2022

  • Low serum concentration of zinc, selenium, calcium, potassium and high serum concentration of iron, sodium are associated with myocardial infarction
    SMN Uddin, MZ Rahaman, TJ Thammi, MR Islam, MIU Masud, MG Uddin, ...
    Aging and Health Research, 100063 2022

  • Link of IL-1β rs16944 polymorphism with breast, cervical and ovarian cancer: A systematic review and meta-analysis
    Z Nahar, S Jafrin, MA Aziz, MS Islam
    Gene Reports, 101539 2022

  • Genetic Basis of Psychotic Illnesses: A Comprehensive Overview
    M Aziz, T Akter, M Barek, MS Islam
    Autism Spectrum Disorder and Alzheimer's Disease, 153-164 2022

  • Role of IL-1β rs1143634 (+3954C>T) polymorphism in cancer risk: an updated meta-analysis and trial sequential analysis
    S Jafrin, MA Aziz, MS Islam
    Journal of International Medical Research 49 (12), 03000605211060144 2021

  • A case-control study investigating the association of TP53 rs1042522 and CDH1 rs16260 polymorphisms with prostate cancer risk
    R Akter, MS Islam, MS Islam, MA Aziz, MS Hussain, MS Millat, MS Uddin, ...
    Meta Gene 30, 100962 2021

  • Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus and Cardiovascular Complications in KCNJ11, HHEX and SLC30A8 Genetic Polymorphisms Carriers: A Case-Control Study
    TD Aka, U Saha, SA Shati, MA Aziz, M Begum, MS Hussain, MS Millat, ...
    Heliyon, e08376 2021

  • The protective role of vitamin C in the management of COVID-19: A Review
    MSI Mohammad Sarowar Uddin , Md. Shalahuddin Millat, Prodip Kumar Baral ...
    Journal of the Egyptian Public Health Association 96 (1), 1-8 2021


  • Deficiency of asparagine synthetase causes congenital microcephaly and a progressive form of encephalopathy
    EK Ruzzo, JM Capo-Chichi, B Ben-Zeev, D Chitayat, H Mao, AL Pappas, ...
    Neuron 80 (2), 429-441 2013
    Citations: 148

  • Impact of age, sex, comorbidities and clinical symptoms on the severity of COVID-19 cases: A meta-analysis with 55 studies and 10014 cases
    MSI Md. Abdul Barek, Md. Abdul Aziz
    Heliyon 6, e05684 2020
    Citations: 111

  • Comparative study of serum zinc, copper, manganese, and iron in preeclamptic pregnant women
    MS Sarwar, S Ahmed, MS Ullah, H Kabir, GKMM Rahman, A Hasnat, ...
    Biological trace element research 154 (1), 14-20 2013
    Citations: 97

  • In vivo analgesic, antipyretic, and anti-inflammatory potential in Swiss albino mice and in vitro thrombolytic activity of hydroalcoholic extract from Litsea glutinosa leaves
    R Bhowmick, MS Sarwar, SM RahmanDewan, A Das, B Das, ...
    Biological research 47 (1), 1-8 2014
    Citations: 84

  • Evaluation of total phenolic content, free radical scavenging activity and phytochemical screening of different extracts of Averrhoa bilimbi (fruits)
    M Hasanuzzaman, MR Ali, M Hossain, S Kuri, MS Islam
    International Current Pharmaceutical Journal 2 (4), 92-96 2013
    Citations: 75

  • How the association between obesity and inflammation may lead to insulin resistance and cancer
    MN Amin, MS Hussain, MS Sarwar, MMR Moghal, A Das, MZ Hossain, ...
    Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews 13 (2), 1213-1224 2019
    Citations: 69

  • Alterations of serum macro-minerals and trace elements are associated with major depressive disorder: a case-control study
    MR Islam, MR Islam, MMA Shalahuddin Qusar, MS Islam, MH Kabir, ...
    BMC psychiatry 18, 1-7 2018
    Citations: 63

  • Lung cancer risk in relation to nicotinic acetylcholine receptor, CYP2A6 and CYP1A1 genotypes in the Bangladeshi population
    MS Islam, MU Ahmed, MSB Sayeed, A Al Maruf, AGM Mostofa, ...
    Clinica Chimica Acta 416, 11-19 2013
    Citations: 63

  • A review on current repurposing drugs for the treatment of COVID-19: reality and challenges
    MS Hossen, MA Barek, N Jahan, MS Islam
    SN comprehensive clinical medicine, 1-13 2020
    Citations: 50

  • Elevated serum levels of malondialdehyde and cortisol are associated with major depressive disorder: A case-control study
    MR Islam, MR Islam, I Ahmed, AA Moktadir, Z Nahar, MS Islam, ...
    SAGE open medicine 6, 2050312118773953 2018
    Citations: 49

  • In vivo antipyretic, antiemetic, in vitro membrane stabilization, antimicrobial, and cytotoxic activities of different extracts from Spilanthes paniculata leaves
    MM Hossain, SK Ahamed, SMR Dewan, MM Hassan, A Istiaq, MS Islam, ...
    Biological Research 47 (1), 1-9 2014
    Citations: 42

  • Effect of lipid peroxidation, antioxidants, macro minerals and trace elements on eczema
    MN Amin, KF Liza, MS Sarwar, J Ahmed, MT Adnan, MI Chowdhury, ...
    Archives of dermatological research 307 (7), 617-623 2015
    Citations: 41

  • Elevated serum MDA and depleted non-enzymatic antioxidants, macro-minerals and trace elements are associated with bipolar disorder
    MI Chowdhury, M Hasan, MS Islam, MS Sarwar, MN Amin, SMN Uddin, ...
    Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology 39, 162-168 2017
    Citations: 38

  • Comparative analysis of serum zinc, copper, manganese, iron, calcium, and magnesium level and complexity of interelement relations in generalized anxiety disorder patients
    MR Islam, MU Ahmed, SA Mitu, MS Islam, GKMM Rahman, MMAS Qusar, ...
    Biological trace element research 154 (1), 21-27 2013
    Citations: 38

  • Increased concentration of serum MDA, decreased antioxidants and altered trace elements and macro-minerals are linked to obesity among Bangladeshi population
    MSI Md Tarek Adnan, Mohammad Nurul Amin, Md Giash Uddin, Md Saddam Hussain ...
    Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome: Clinical Research & Reviews 13 (2), 933-938 2019
    Citations: 33

  • Low serum selenium concentration is associated with preeclampsia in pregnant women from Bangladesh
    MM Haque, MMR Moghal, MS Sarwar, SN Anonna, M Akter, P Karmakar, ...
    Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology 33, 21-25 2016
    Citations: 31

  • Breast cancer risk in relation to TP53 codon 72 and CDH1 gene polymorphisms in the Bangladeshi women
    S Shabnaz, MU Ahmed, MS Islam, MR Islam, MMA Al-Mamun, MS Islam, ...
    Tumor Biology 37 (6), 7229-7237 2016
    Citations: 30

  • Antimicrobial and cytotoxic activity of the methanol extract of Paederia foetida Linn.(Rubiaceae)
    SMSB Morshed H, Islam MS, Parvin S, Ahmed MU, Islam MS, Mostofa AGM
    Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science 2 (1), 77 2012
    Citations: 30

  • In vitro release kinetics study of diltiazem hydrochloride from wax and kollidon sr based matrix tablets
    IM SAFIGHUL, S Reza, H Rahman
    Citations: 29

  • Association of CYP3A4, CYP3A5 polymorphisms with lung cancer risk in Bangladeshi population
    MS Islam, AGM Mostofa, MU Ahmed, MSB Sayeed, MR Hassan, A Hasnat
    Tumor Biology 35 (2), 1671-1678 2014
    Citations: 27