Accepted Articles

1. Primary studies on biotransformation of steroidal drug Prednisolone

Waghmode Meghmala Sheshrao*, Bankar Vrishali Rajendra, Gaikwad Ankita Subhash, Gaikwad Priti Vitthal, Patil Neha Nitin
PDEA’s Annasaheb Magar Mahavidyalaya, Hadapsar, Pune-411028.
*Corresponding author: meghmicro@gmail.com

Abstract
The less biodegradable steroidal drug, Prednisolone is one of the widely used drugs in the treatment of autoimmune and infectious diseases. Transformation of prednisolone can be achieved with microbial activity. Isolation of prednisolone-resistant microorganisms was done using a sewage sample. Out of 5 isolates, one isolate was selected for further studies based on maximum tolerability to prednisolone. The isolate was identified based on MALDI-TOF. The strain was found to have a match score of 2.336 with gram-negative bacteria Klebsiella pneumoniae spp pneumoniae DSM3010 4T HAM. The isolate was found to degrade 80% prednisolone on the 5th day of fermentation. The concentration of prednisolone was determined using a colorimetric-based method and HPLC technique.

Keywords: Klebsiella, pollutant, prednisolone, transformation

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2. Record of Burmese Ferret Badger (Melogale personata, I. Geoffroy Saint-Hilaire, 1831) in Kathmandu, Nepal

Narayan Prasad Koju* (Center for Postgraduate Studies, Nepal Engineering College, Pokhara University;
Department of Psychology, University of Washington, Seattle, USA)

Laxman Prasad Poudyal (Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation)

Saroj Mani Paudel (Center for Postgraduate Studies, Nepal Engineering College, Pokhara University; Shivapuri Nagarjun National Park, Department of National Park and Wildlife Conservation)

Karan Bahadur Shah (Bird Conservation Nepal, Lazimpat, Kathmandu, Nepal)

*Corresponding author: npkoju.2003@gmail.com

Abstract
Burmese ferret badger (Melogale personata) was recorded by camera trapping for the first time in Nagarjun forest of Shivapui Nagarjun National Park, Nepal. it was expected to inhabit only the eastern part of Nepal but recently the species has been recorded from central and western parts of the country. A globally rarely studied species was only observed during daylight in Nepal but this time it is photographed during the night. A Burmese ferret badger was captured for one event with three photographs with a photo capture rate index (PCRI) of 0.085 in the dense mixed forest of Schima wallichii and Castanopsis indica. A more comprehensive study of its ecology is necessary to implement suitable conservation measures.

Keywords: Camera trap, photo capture rate index, Nagarjun forest, protected area