Seung June Noh

Saint Vincent Hospital, Worcester, Massachusetts, United States

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Publications (8)17.9 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: We aim to evaluate the association between promoter polymorphism of the clusters of differentiation 14 (CD14) gene and Helicobacter pylori-induced gastric mucosal inflammation in a healthy Korean population. The study population consisted of 267 healthy subjects who visited our hospital for free nationwide gastric cancer screening. Promoter polymorphism at -260 C/T of the CD14 gene was determined by polymerase chain reaction and restriction fragment length polymorphism analysis. The severity of gastric mucosal inflammation was estimated by a gastritis score based on the sum of the values of the grade and activity of the gastritis. Expression of soluble CD14 (sCD14) was assessed by quantitative sandwich ELISA. CD14 polymorphism was not associated with H. pylori infection. There were no significant differences in gastritis scores among the genotype subgroups, but subjects carrying the CD14 -260 CT/TT genotype had significantly higher sCD14 levels than those carrying the CC genotype. Subjects with the 260-T allele of the CD14 gene and H. pylori infection had significantly higher sCD14 levels than those with the same genotype but without infection. In individuals with the T allele at the -260 site of the promoter region of the CD14 gene, H. pylori infection accentuates gastric mucosal inflammation.
    Gut and liver 05/2013; 7(3):317-322. · 1.31 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: Gastric cancer is supposed to be a result of inflammation induced by Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection. Nucleotide-binding oligomerization domain 1 (NOD 1) is required for the innate immune response to H. pylori. We aim to investigate whether single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) in NOD 1 gene is associated with H. pylori-induced gastric mucosal inflammation in a healthy Korean population. METHODS: The study was conducted on 412 adults who visited two different healthcare centers for health examinations. The G796A (E266K) NOD 1 SNP was detected by using polymerase chain reaction/restriction fragment length polymorphism. A gastritis score was calculated by the summed values of the grade and the activity of gastritis scored according to the updated Sydney system. The expression of IL-8 and COX-2 mRNA was assessed by quantitative reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction. In the group with H. pylori infection, the complete screening of the genes comprising the cag PAI was performed. RESULTS: The genotype frequencies were 26.7% (AA type), 58.3% (GA), and 15.0% (GG). In H. pylori-positive patients, gastritis score of the AA genotype was significantly higher than those of the others (p = .04). Also, the IL-8 and COX-2 mRNA levels increased in the AA genotype. In the group with H. pylori infection, 31.9% were found to carry the complete cag PAI. When the subjects were infected with intact cag PAI, the IL-8 and COX-2 mRNA levels were significantly high in AA genotype. CONCLUSION: G796A (E266K) NOD 1 polymorphism is closely correlated with H. pylori-associated gastric mucosal inflammation in the Korean population.
    Helicobacter 11/2012; · 3.51 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study was conducted to determine if the stress-responsive hypothalamic-nucleus accumbens (NAc) regulation is a stressor specific event. Male SD rats were subjected to restraint or cold stress for 2 h, and then mRNA expression of corticotropin-releasing hormone (CRH) in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus (PVN) was examined by in situ hybridization and the plasma corticosterone levels by radioimmunoassay. Neuronal activations in the PVN and the NAc were examined by c-Fos immunohistochemistry and the brain GABA contents by HPLC. Both restraint and cold stresses increased c-Fos expression in the PVN and the plasma corticosterone; however, CRH expression in PVN was increased only by restraint, but not by cold, stress. Restraint stress significantly increased the NAc neuronal activation, but cold stress failed to do so. Restraint stress increased the NAc-GABA contents and cold stress did the hypothalamic GABA. Results suggest that the HPA axis regulation responding to restraint stress, but not cold stress, may involve the NAc neuronal activation in relation with GABAergic neurotransmission. Additionally, CRH expression in the PVN may not play a major role in the elevation of plasma corticosterone responding to cold stress.
    Indian journal of experimental biology 07/2012; 50(7):447-54. · 1.20 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Background. In gastric carcinogenesis, changes of DNA methylation appear to be an early molecular event, and the genome-wide methylation state is closely correlated with the level of long interspersed nucleotide element-1 (LINE-1) methylation. In this study, we measured LINE-1 methylation level according to genetic instability and evaluated the effect of Helicobacter pylori infection on genetic instability in gastric epithelial dysplasia. Methods. Total 100 tissue samples of gastric epithelial dysplasia were analyzed. Seven loci that linked to tumor suppressor genes were used to identify significant structural chromosomal aberrations. Microsatellite status was investigated for two different microsatellite marker loci (BAT25 and BAT26). Also, we measured LINE-1 methylation level by combined bisulfite restriction analysis (COBRA-LINE-1) method. Results. There were no significant differences of LINE-1 methylation level according to chromosomal/microsatellite instability and H. pylori state. In the dysplastic lesions with H. pylori infection, LINE-1 methylation level of MSI lesion was significantly lower than that of microsatellite stable (MSS) lesion (40.23 ± 4.47 versus 43.90 ± 4.81%, P < 0.01). Conclusions. In gastric epithelial dysplasia with H. pylori infection, MSI is correlated with reduced LINE-1 methylation level. Coexistence of H. pylori infection and MSI might be a driving force of gastric carcinogenesis.
    Gastroenterology Research and Practice 01/2012; 2012:360929. · 1.62 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Neonatal maternal separation (MS), stressful experience early in life, leads to the development of depression-like behaviors in the offspring later in life. This study was conducted to define the neural basis of depression-like behaviors observed in our MS model. Sprague-Dawley pups were separated from dam for 3 h daily during the first 2 weeks of birth (MS) or left undisturbed (NH). All pups were sacrificed on postnatal day 41 with/without 1 h of restraint stress. Restraint stress significantly increased c-Fos expression in the nucleus accumbens (NAcb) of NH pups, but not in MS. In NH pups, restraint stress increased dopamine levels not only in the NAcb but also in the midbrain dopamine neurons; however, these increases were not observed in MS. Gene expression of tyrosine hydroxylase (TH) in the ventral tegmental area (VTA) was increased by acute restraint in NH pups, but not in MS pups. The raphe serotonin level was lower in MS than in NH, and not significantly changed by acute restraint neither in NH nor in MS. Results reveal that experience of neonatal MS may lead to a long-term suppression in the mesolimbic dopamine system of the offspring later in life, in which an epigenetic control may be implicated, such as suppressed gene expression of TH in the midbrain. We conclude that a decreased activity of the mesolimbic dopamine system may play a role in the pathophysiology of depression-like behaviors by neonatal MS, in addition to a decreased serotonin level in the raphe nucleus.
    Neuroscience 11/2010; 171(1):144-52. · 3.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study was conducted to define molecular mechanisms by which food deprivation increases phosphorylated extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase (pERK1/2) in the hypothalamic paraventricular nucleus of rats. pERK1/2 immunoreactivity (-ir) is markedly increased in the paraventricular nucleus by 48h of food deprivation. Treatment with RU486, glucocorticoid antagonists, during food deprivation did not affect the fasting-induced increase of pERK1/2-ir in the paraventricular nucleus, but intracerebroventricular (icv) leptin blocked the increase of pERK1/2-ir by food deprivation. Fasting-induced increases of neuropeptide Y (NPY) expression both in the arcuate nucleus and the paraventricular nucleus were also blunted by icv leptin; however, the icv NPY to satiated rats did not increase pERK1/2 in the paraventricular nucleus. These results suggest that the fasting-induced increase of pERK1/2 in the paraventricular nucleus may not be mediated either by plasma corticosterone or the hypothalamic NPY, but require leptin dis-inhibition.
    Regulatory Peptides 03/2010; 162(1-3):122-8. · 2.06 Impact Factor
  • Appetite 01/2009; 52(3):850-850. · 2.54 Impact Factor
  • Appetite 01/2008; 51(2):388-388. · 2.54 Impact Factor

Publication Stats

31 Citations
17.90 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2013
    • Saint Vincent Hospital
      Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
  • 2012
    • Catholic University of Korea
      • Department of Internal Medicine
      Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
    • Seoul National University
      • Dental Research Institute
      Seoul, Seoul, South Korea