Young Oak Lew

Catholic University of Korea, Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea

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Publications (3)11.56 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: Context: Müllerian inhibiting substance (MIS) is produced in Sertoli cells of fetal testis and causes regression of Müllerian ducts in male embryos. MIS also can induce the cell cycle arrest and apoptosis in Müllerian duct-derived tumors in vivo and in vitro. Objective: Our objective was to investigate the expression of MIS type II receptor (MISR II) and whether MIS can inhibit the proliferation and induce apoptosis in primary cultures of endometrial stromal cells (ESC) of endometriosis. Design and Settings: In vitro experiments were performed in the university research laboratory. Participants: Tissue samples from 12 patients who had undergone evisceration for ovarian endometrial cysts were included in this study. Interventions and Main Outcome Measures: The expression of MISR II in ESC was investigated by immunohistochemistry. The cell viability and apoptosis in ESC treated with MIS was measured by methylthiazoletetrazolium assay and annexin V analysis. The expression of regulatory proteins in ESC treated with MIS was shown by Western blotting. Results: ESC showed specific immunostaining for the MISR II. ESC treated with MIS exhibited 32% growth inhibition (P = 0.0001). The changes in cell cycle distribution after MIS exposure at 72 h demonstrated that S and G(2)M phases were decreased; G(0)G(1) and sub-G(0)G(1) phases were increased. ESC treated with MIS showed 13.72% annexin V-fluorescein isothiocyanate positivity. In the ESCs, which contain defective p16, MIS increased the expression of pocket proteins p107 and p130 and decreased E2F transcription factor 1. Conclusions: The results support a central role for MIS in endometriosis. Although the precise mechanism of MIS-mediated inhibition of ESC growth has not been fully defined, these data suggest that MIS has activity against ESC in vitro and may also be an effective targeted therapy for endometriosis.
    The Journal of clinical endocrinology and metabolism 07/2012; 97(9):3224-30. · 6.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study aimed to analyze expression of Müllerian inhibiting substance type II receptor (MISRII) protein and mRNA in cervical neoplasia, to demonstrate the growth inhibition of cervical cancer cells by administration of highly purified recombinant human Müllerian inhibiting substance (MIS) and, furthermore, to evaluate the clinical significance of MIS as a biological modifier for MIS receptor expressing tumors. Reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) was used for MISRII mRNA expression, and in situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry were used to observe expression, location of MISRII mRNA and protein, respectively. To demonstrate the effect of MIS on the viability of cervical cancer cells, methyl thiazole tetrazolium (MTT) assay was performed. Flow cytometry was used to evaluate the cell cycle distribution after exposure to MIS in cervical cancer cells, and the annexin-V-FITC staining method was performed to demonstrate apoptosis by MIS in cervical cancer cells. Expression of MISRII protein and mRNA were observed in all normal cervical and cervical carcinoma tissues. There was no significant difference in expression of MISRII protein and MISRII mRNA between normal cervical and cervical carcinoma tissues. MTT assay showed negative correlation between MIS exposure time and the viability of cervical cells (P=0.008). The changes in cell cycle distribution after MIS exposure suggest that MIS plays an important role in inducing cellular apoptosis by causing arrest at the G1 phase and increasing cells at sub-G0G1 phase. Annexin-V-FITC staining methods showed that cellular apoptosis was, respectively, 10.44 and 12.89% after 24 and 48 h of MIS exposure in cervical carcinoma cells. There was a negative correlation between cellular survival and MIS exposure time. This study demonstrates that MISRII is present on normal cervical and cervical carcinoma tissues, and MIS shows receptor-mediated antiproliferative effect on cervical cells in vitro. These data suggest that MIS may be used as a biological modifier or therapeutic modulator on MISRII-expressing tumors in the future.
    International Journal of Oncology 02/2012; 40(6):2013-21. · 2.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study is to examine the effects of equol on the H(2)O(2)-induced death of bovine aortic endothelial cells (bAECs) and the mechanism of its protective effects. MTT[3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyl-tetrazolium bromide] assay showed that in the control group, cell survival rate decreased significantly, each in proportion to the duration of the H(2)O(2) stimulation (P<0.05), but, in the equol-pretreated group, such decrease was not statistically significant. After Hoechst 33342 staining, in the equol-pretreated group the number of cells with apoptotic morphology decreased significantly. Equol pretreatment effectively inhibited the H(2)O(2)-induced cell death by the reduction of intracellular ROS production (P<0.05). Incubation of bAECs with equol increased the expression of phospho-p38 MAPK and Bcl-2 after the H(2)O(2) exposure compared with their expression without the equol pretreatment. Furthermore, SB203580 inhibited phospho-p38 MAPK expression and increased apoptotic cell death. This study proves equol has a significant antioxidant effect on the bAECs that were exposed to H(2)O(2).
    Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications 10/2008; 375(3):420-4. · 2.41 Impact Factor