Yeon-Su Lee

National Cancer Center Korea, Kōyō, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea

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    ABSTRACT: FX is an RNA-Seq analysis tool, which runs in parallel on cloud computing infrastructure, for the estimation of gene expression levels and genomic variant calling. In the mapping of short RNA-Seq reads, FX uses a transcriptome-based reference primarily, generated from ~160 000 mRNA sequences from RefSeq, UCSC and Ensembl databases. This approach reduces the misalignment of reads originating from splicing junctions. Unmapped reads not aligned on known transcripts are then mapped on the human genome reference. FX allows analysis of RNA-Seq data on cloud computing infrastructures, supporting access through a user-friendly web interface. AVAILABILITY: FX is freely available on the web at (http://fx.gmi.ac.kr), and can be installed on local Hadoop clusters. Guidance for the installation and operation of FX can be found under the 'Documentation' menu on the website. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Supplementary data are available at Bioinformatics online.
    Bioinformatics 03/2012; 28(5):721-3. · 5.47 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Both variations in the interleukin-10 (IL10) gene and environmental factors are thought to influence inflammation and gastric carcinogenesis. Therefore, we investigated the associations between IL10 polymorphisms, Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection, and smoking in noncardia gastric carcinogenesis in Koreans. We genotyped three promoter polymorphisms (-1082A>G, -819T>C, and -592 A>C) of IL10 in a case-control study of 495 noncardia gastric cancer patients and 495 sex- and age-matched healthy controls. Multiple logistic regression models were used to detect the effects of IL10 polymorphisms, H. pylori infection, and smoking on the risk of gastric cancer, which was stratified by the histological type of gastric cancer. The IL10-819C and -592C alleles were found to have complete linkage disequilibrium, and all three IL10 polymorphisms were associated with an increased risk of intestinal-type noncardia gastric cancer. These associations were observed only in H. pylori-positive subjects and current smokers. A statistically significant interaction between the IL10-592 genotype and H. pylori infection on the risk of intestinal-type gastric cancer was observed (P for interaction  = 0.047). In addition, H. pylori-positive smokers who were carriers of either the IL10-1082G (OR [95% CI]  = 17.76 [6.17-51.06]) or the -592C (OR [95% CI]  = 8.37 [2.79-25.16]) allele had an increased risk of intestinal-type gastric cancer compared to H. pylori-negative nonsmokers homozygous for IL10-1082A and -592A, respectively. The interaction between the IL10-1082 polymorphism and the combined effects of H. pylori infection and smoking tended towards significance (P for interaction  = 0.080). Inflammation-related genetic variants may interact with H. pylori infection and smoking to increase the risk of noncardia gastric cancer, particularly the intestinal-type. These findings may be helpful in identifying individuals at an increased risk for developing noncardia gastric cancer.
    PLoS ONE 01/2012; 7(1):e29643. · 3.53 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Breast cancer is the second leading cancer in Korean women. To assess potential genetic associations between the prostate stem cell antigen (PSCA) gene in the chromosome 8q24 locus and breast cancer risk in Korean women, 13 SNPs were selected and associations with breast cancer risk were analyzed with reference to hormone receptor (HR) and menopausal status. We analyzed DNA extracted from buffy coat from 456 patients and 461 control samples, using matrix-assisted laser desorption/ionization time-of-flight mass spectrometry (MALDI-TOF MS) based upon region-specific PCR followed by allele- specific single base primer extension reactions. Risks associated with PSCA genotypes and haplotypes were estimated with chi-square test (χ2 -test), and polytomous logistic regression models using odds ratios (OR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs), by HR and menopausal status. In case-control analysis, odds ratios (OR) of rs2294009, rs2294008, rs2978981, rs2920298, rs2976395, and rs2976396 were statistically significant only among women with estrogen receptor (ER) negative cancers, and those of rs2294008, rs2978981, rs2294010, rs2920298, rs2976394, rs10216533, and rs2976396 were statistically significant only in pre-menopausal women, and not in postmenopausal women. Risk with the TTGGCAA haplotype was significantly elevated in ER (-) status (OR= 1.48, 95% CI= 1.03~2.12, p<0.05). Especially risk of allele T of rs2294008 is significantly low in pre-menopausal breast cancer patients and AA genotype of rs2976395 in ER (-) status represents the increase of OR value. This report indicated for the first time that associations exist between PSCA SNPs and breast cancer susceptibility in Korean women, particularly those who are pre-menopausal with an estrogen receptor negative tumor status.
    Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP 01/2012; 13(1):41-8. · 1.50 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) greatly contributes to the progression of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). It is reported that a selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor inhibits cellular proliferation and may attenuate VEGF expression in HCC. We propose that different cascades in the VEGF pathway respond to COX-2 inhibition, depending on the cell types. The six human HCC cell lines--Hep3B, SNU387, SNU182, SNU423, SNU449, and PLC/PRF5--were cultured under normoxic and hypoxic conditions. Cells were treated with a selective COX-2 inhibitor (NS-398) and discoidin domain receptor 2 (DDR2) siRNA, and microarray analysis was performed. NS-398 inhibited HCC proliferation and decreased the expression level of VEGF in HCC cells only under normoxia conditions. In hypoxia conditions, VEGF expression level in Hep3B cell was suppressed, while that in SNU387 cell was increased by NS-398 (P < 0.001). The NS-398-induced increase in VEGF expression in SNU387 cell was associated with the up-regulation of the DDR2 gene. NS-398-treated SNU series cells and PLC/PRF5 cells displayed a robust increase in DDR2 mRNA expression. Also, transfection with DDR2 siRNA decreased the VEGF expression level of SNU387, 423, 449 cells under hypoxia conditions (P < 0.05). In vivo chromatin immunoprecipitation assay demonstrated that NS-398 induces the enhancement of HIF-1α binding on VEGF promoter, leading to the increase in VEGF gene expression in hypoxic conditions. There is strong evidence that it is related to the DDR2 gene expression in SNU387 cells. These findings disclose a novel cell-dependent regulatory mechanism of VEGF involving DDR2 gene in HCC cells.
    Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology 01/2012; 138(1):73-84. · 2.91 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Height is a highly heritable trait that involves multiple genetic loci. To identify causal variants that influence stature, we sequenced whole exomes of four children with idiopathic short stature. Ninety-five nonsynonymous single-nucleotide polymorphisms (nsSNPs) were selected as potential candidate variants. We performed association analysis in 740 cohort individuals and identified 11 nsSNPs in 10 loci (DIS3L2, ZBTB38, FAM154A, PTCH1, TSSC4, KIF18A, GPR133, ACAN, FAM59A, and NINL) associated with adult height (P < 0.05), including five novel loci. Of these, two nsSNPs (TSSC4 and KIF18A loci) were significant at P < 0.05 in the replication study (n = 1,000) and five (ZBTB38, FAM154A, TSSC4, KIF18A, and FAM59A loci) were significant at P < 0.01 in the combined analysis (n = 1,740). Together, the five nsSNPs accounted for approximately 2.5% of the height variation. This study demonstrated the utility of next-generation sequencing in identifying genetic variants and loci associated with complex traits.
    Human Genetics 09/2011; 131(3):471-8. · 4.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Gallbladder cancer (GBC) is relatively rare but has a high mortality rate. One candidate molecule which might be involved in GBC development is prostate stem cell antigen (PSCA), a glycosylphosphatidylinositol-anchored cell surface antigen with a tissue-specific pattern of expression in the epithelium of several organs, such as the prostate, stomach, bladder, and gallbladder. It is up-regulated in a number of cancers including prostate, urinary bladder, and pancreatic cancers, while it is down-regulated in esophageal and gastric cancers, suggesting that PSCA has an oncogenic activity in the former but a tumor suppressor activity in the latter. However, the precise function of PSCA and the regulatory mechanism for its expression in normal and cancer cells are yet to be determined. In this study, immunohistochemical analyses with a specific antibody revealed that PSCA is down-regulated in non-neoplastic gallbladder lesions such as cholesterolosis, cholecystolithiasis, and cholecystitis (9/17; 53%), and also in adenocarcinoma (40/44; 91%), a common neoplasm in gallbladder. Analyses of the DNA methylation status in the GBC cell lines by bisulfite-Pyrosequencing and a reporter assay for the PSCA promoter activity suggested that the down-regulation is explained, at least partly, by DNA methylation. Moreover, colony formation assay revealed that PSCA has cell-proliferation inhibition activity in the GBC cell lines, which was also observed in vivo. These lines of in vivo and in vitro evidence suggest that PSCA is acting as a tumor suppressor in GBC development.
    Genes Chromosomes and Cancer 09/2011; 51(1):30-41. · 3.55 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Prostate stem cell antigen has become a promising target as a potential biomarker for prostate cancer, but to our knowledge there are no reports of a genetic variation of the PSCA gene associated with prostate cancer risk. We determined the potential association between specific variations of the PSCA gene and prostate cancer in Korean men. In this hospital based, case-control study 194 patients newly diagnosed with histologically confirmed prostate cancer were enrolled. Visitors for cancer screening served as healthy controls. We genotyped 12 PSCA gene single nucleotide polymorphisms in 194 cases and 169 healthy controls. Men with the rs1045531 AA genotype were at higher risk for prostate cancer than those with the CC genotype. Individuals with the CCCAGGTACGG haplotype were at significantly increased risk for prostate cancer. When considering clinical factors, rs3736001, which is a nonsynonymous cDNA single nucleotide polymorphism (Glu39Lys), showed an association with prostate specific antigen 10 ng/ml or greater and prostate cancer risk. Men with the rs1045531 AA genotype of PSCA were at higher risk for prostate cancer. On haplotype analysis CCCAGGTACGG and CGA haplotype carriers showed a significant association with prostate cancer risk. To our knowledge this is the first report of PSCA genetic variation associated with prostate cancer risk.
    The Journal of urology 06/2011; 185(6):2112-8. · 3.75 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The CYP19A1 gene encodes the aromatase enzyme involved in the peripheral conversion of androgen to estrogen. We evaluated the efficacy of the aromatase inhibitor letrozole in patients with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) as related to DNA polymorphisms of CYP19A1. One hundred and nine patients with hormone receptor-positive MBC were treated with letrozole alone or in combination with a GnRH agonist. DNA was isolated from peripheral blood and genotyped for 46 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of CYP19A1. Among 46 SNPs examined, rs700518, rs10459592, and rs4775936 were significantly associated with higher clinical benefit rate (CBR, CR + PR + SD ≥ 6 months) (OR = 2.61 [95% CI; 1.13-6.03], P = 0.025; OR = 2.45 [95% CI; 1.06-5.65], P = 0.036; OR = 2.60 [95% CI; 1.12-6.02], P = 0.026, respectively). Median time to progression (TTP) was improved without statistical significance in patients having an over-dominant form of rs700518. In haplotype analysis, the specific haplotypes M_1_3 and M_2_1 showed a strong association with CBR (OR = 3.37 [95% CI 1.43-7.90], P = 0.005; OR = 5.33 [95% CI 1.63-17.45], P = 0.006, respectively). There was a statistically significant difference in TTP in patients with haplotype M_1_3 (5.61 months [95% CI 0.00-11.45] vs. 11.08 months [95% CI 6.75-15.42], P = 0.040) and M_2_1 (7.31 months [95% CI 4.63-9.99] vs. 12.95 months [95% CI 9.27-16.63], P = 0.038). Haplotypes M_3_5 (OR = 11.25 [95% CI 1.17-108.28], P = 0.01) and M_5_3 (OR = 4.12, [95% CI 1.09-15.61], P = 0.03) were associated with side effects of arthralgia and hot flash, respectively. The genetic variations of CYP19A1 were significantly associated with clinical efficacy, suggesting potential predictive markers for letrozole treatment in patients with metastatic breast cancer.
    Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology 03/2011; 68(5):1263-71. · 2.80 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Osteosarcoma is a primary bone cancer which occurs mainly in children. Neuroguidin/CANu1 is a nucleolar protein involved in the maintenance of ribosomal structure. In this study, we investigated the effect of Neuroguidin/CANu1 depletion on the response of osteosarcoma cells to doxorubicin. In normal circumstances, Neuroguidin/CANu1 is localized at nucleoli, which translocates to nuclear foci in the presence of doxorubicin. shRNA knockdown of Neuroguidin/CANu1 did not affect cell viability in the absence of doxorubicin, but led to enhanced cytotoxicity in doxorubicin-treated cells. Doxorubicin increased the population of apoptotic cells by 3-fold in Neuroguidin/CANu1-depleted cells compared to that in control cells. Depletion of Neuroguidin/CANu1 mRNA induced the expression of p21 and the cleavage of PARP, leading to increased caspase-3/7 activity. Together, these results suggest that Neuroguidin/CANu1 is required for maintaining cellular homeostasis and may contribute to the improved efficiency of chemotherapy.
    BMB reports 01/2011; 44(1):46-51. · 1.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute self-limited vasculitis of infants and children that manifests as fever and signs of mucocutaneous inflammation. Coronary artery aneurysms develop in approximately 15-25% of untreated children. Although the etiology of KD is largely unknown, epidemiologic data suggest the importance of genetic factors in the susceptibility to KD. In order to identify genetic variants that influence KD susceptibility, we performed a genome-wide association study (GWAS) using Affymetrix SNP array 6.0 in 186 Korean KD patients and 600 healthy controls; 18 and 26 genomic regions with one or more sequence variants were associated with KD and KD with coronary artery lesions (CALs), respectively (p < 1 × 10(-5)). Of these, one locus on chromosome 1p31 (rs527409) was replicated in 266 children with KD and 600 normal controls (odds ratio [OR] = 2.90, 95% confidence interval [CI] = 1.85-4.54, P (combined) = 1.46 × 10(-6)); and a PELI1 locus on chromosome 2p13.3 (rs7604693) was replicated in 86 KD patients with CALs and 600 controls (OR = 2.70, 95% CI = 1.77-4.12, P (combined) = 2.00 × 10(-6)). These results implicate a locus in the 1p31 region and the PELI1 gene locus in the 2p13.3 region as susceptibility loci for KD and CALs, respectively.
    Human Genetics 01/2011; 129(5):487-95. · 4.63 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Two major types of gastric cancer, intestinal and diffuse, develop through distinct mechanisms; the diffuse type is considered to be more influenced by genetic factors, although the mechanism is unknown. Our previous genome-wide association study associated 3 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with diffuse-type gastric cancer (DGC); 1 was a functional SNP (rs2294008) in prostate stem cell antigen (PSCA), but the loci of the other 2 were not investigated. We performed high-density mapping to explore a linkage disequilibrium status of the 2 SNPs at chromosome 1q22. A DGC case-control study was conducted using DNA from 606 cases and 1264 controls (all Japanese individuals) and validated using DNA from Japanese (304 cases, 1465 controls) and Korean (452 cases, 372 controls) individuals. The effects of SNPs on function were analyzed by reporter assays and analyses of splice variants. A region of a strong linkage disequilibrium with the 2 SNPs contained mucin 1 (MUC1) and other 4 genes and SNPs significantly associated with DGC (rs2070803: P = 4.33 × 10(-13); odds ratio [OR], 1.71 by meta-analysis of the studies on the 3 panels) but not with intestinal-type gastric cancer. Functional studies demonstrated that rs4072037 (P = 1.43 × 10(-11); OR, 1.66 by meta-analysis) in MUC1 affects promoter activity and determines the major splicing variants of MUC1 in the gastric epithelium. Individuals that carry both SNPs rs2294008 in PSCA and rs4072037 in MUC1 have a high risk for developing DGC (OR, 8.38). MUC1 is the second major DGC susceptibility gene identified. The SNPs rs2070803 and rs4072037 in MUC1 might be used to identify individuals at risk for this type of gastric cancer.
    Gastroenterology 11/2010; 140(3):892-902. · 12.82 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: This study was aimed at understanding the clinicopathological significance of cystatin M loss, and investigating possible factors responsible for cystatin M loss in breast cancer. The expression of estrogen receptor (ER), progesterone receptor (PR), HER2, HER4, and cystatin M was retrospectively analyzed using immunohistochemistry in 117 patients with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and in 175 patients with invasive breast cancer (IBC). The methylation status of CST6 gene encoding cystatin M was evaluated using methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction (PCR) in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissues from 292 participants and using pyrosequencing in fresh-frozen tumor and matched normal tissues from 51 IBC patients. Cystatin M loss was found in 9 (8%) of 117 patients with DCIS and in 99 (57%) of 175 with invasive breast cancer (IBC) (P < 0.0001). Cystatin M loss was found in 58 (57%) of 101 HER2-negative IBCs and in 41 (55%) of 74 HER2-positive IBCs, and this difference was not statistically significant (P = 0.97). However, cystatin M loss was significantly associated with the loss of ER (P = 0.01), PR (P = 0.002), and HER4 (P = 0.003) in IBCs. Cystatin M loss occurred in 34 (76%) of the 45 HER4-negative IBCs and in 65 (50%) of the 130 HER4-positive IBCs. Multivariate analysis showed that cystatin M loss occurred at a 3.57 times (95% CI = 1.28 to 9.98; P = 0.01) higher prevalence in the triple-negative IBCs of ER, PR, and HER4 than in other subtypes, after adjusting for age. The quantity of CST6 methylation was associated with ER loss (P = 0.0002) in IBCs but not with the loss of PR (P = 0.64) or HER4 (P = 0.87). The present study suggests that cystatin M loss may be associated with the losses of ER, PR, and HER4 in IBC.
    Breast cancer research: BCR 11/2010; 12(6):R100. · 5.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The PC12 is the widely used cell line to study neuronal differentiation. We had extensively investigated the details of protein expression in differentiated PC12 cells by proteomic analysis. The cells were incubated at the presence of nerve growth factor. We had analyzed the expression changes in the differentiating PC12 cells by 2-dimensional electrophoresis and the identification of the proteins using MALDI-TOF MS. By comparing expression pattern in the time course, we identified the candidate genes which are associated with neuronal differentiation. Among these genes, we performed real-time PCR analysis to validate Idh3alpha expression by the time course. To identify the function of Idh3alpha in neuronal differentiation stage, the transfection of Idh3alpha to PC12 cells was performed. As a result, we proved that up-regulation of Idh3alpha causes reduction in neural differentiation of PC12 cells. Based on these data, we suggest that Idh3alpha plays a role to the neuronal differentiation.
    BMB reports 05/2010; 43(5):369-74. · 1.63 Impact Factor
  • Hae-Jin Hu, Sung-Ho Goh, Yeon-Su Lee
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    ABSTRACT: Alternative splicing is a main component of protein diversity, and aberrant splicing is known to be one of the main causes of genetic disorders such as cancer. Many statistical and computational approaches have identified several major factors that determine the splicing event, such as exon/intron length, splice site strength, and density of splicing enhancers or silencers. These factors may be correlated with one another and thus result in a specific type of splicing, but there has not been a systematic approach to extracting comprehensible association patterns. Here, we attempted to understand the decision making process of the learning machine on intron retention event. We adopted a hybrid learning machine approach using a random forest and association rule mining algorithm to determine the governing factors of intron retention events and their combined effect on decision-making processes. By quantifying all candidate features into five category values, we enhanced the understandability of generated rules. The interesting features found by the random forest algorithm are that only the adenine- and thymine-based triplets such as ATA, TTA, and ATT, but not the known intronic splicing enhancer GGG triplet is shown the significant features. The rules generated by the association rule mining algorithm also show that constitutive introns are generally characterized by high adenine- and thymine-based triplet frequency (level 3 and above), 3' and 5' splice site scores, exonic splicing silencer scores, and intron length, whereas retained introns are characterized by low-level counterpart scores.
    Genes & Genetic Systems 01/2010; 85(6):383-94. · 1.13 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Reverse transcription quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction (RT-qPCR) is a powerful method for the analysis of gene expression. Target gene expression levels are usually normalized to a consistently expressed reference gene also known as internal standard, in the same sample. However, much effort has not been expended thus far in the search for reference genes suitable for the study of stomach cancer using RT-qPCR, although selection of optimal reference genes is critical for interpretation of results. We assessed the suitability of six possible reference genes, beta-actin (ACTB), glyceraldehydes-3-phosphate dehydrogenase (GAPDH), hypoxanthine phosphoribosyl transferase 1 (HPRT1), beta-2-microglobulin (B2M), ribosomal subunit L29 (RPL29) and 18S ribosomal RNA (18S rRNA) in 20 normal and tumor stomach tissue pairs of stomach cancer patients and 6 stomach cancer cell lines, by RT-qPCR. Employing expression stability analyses using NormFinder and geNorm algorithms we determined the order of performance of these reference genes and their variation values. This RT-qPCR study showed that there are statistically significant (p < 0.05) differences in the expression levels of HPRT1 and 18S rRNA in 'normal-' versus 'tumor stomach tissues'. The stability analyses by geNorm suggest B2M-GAPDH, as best reference gene combination for 'stomach cancer cell lines'; RPL29-HPRT1, for 'all stomach tissues'; and ACTB-18S rRNA, for 'all stomach cell lines and tissues'. NormFinder also identified B2M as the best reference gene for 'stomach cancer cell lines', RPL29-B2M for 'all stomach tissues', and 18S rRNA-ACTB for 'all stomach cell lines and tissues'. The comparisons of normalized expression of the target gene, GPNMB, showed different interpretation of target gene expression depend on best single reference gene or combination. This study validated RPL29 and RPL29-B2M as the best single reference genes and combination, for RT-qPCR analysis of 'all stomach tissues', and B2M and B2M-GAPDH as the best single reference gene and combination, for 'stomach cancer cell lines'. Use of these validated reference genes should provide more exact interpretation of differential gene expressions at transcription level in stomach cancer.
    BMC Cancer 01/2010; 10:240. · 3.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Single nucleotide polymorphism is known to be an ideal marker to detect human diseases. We isolated a novel human gene, to be called as CANu1, by the large-scale genome-wide association analysis to screen specific Single nucleotide polymorphisms in colon cancer. It is mapped to chromosome 14q11.2 and its transcript contains a 948-nt open reading frame encoding a protein of 315 aa. Here, we observed that green fluorescence protein (GFP)-fused CANu1 protein was localized to nucleoli and the C-termini of CANu1 protein were essential for its localization. Moreover, the silencing of the CANu1 gene by siRNA caused ribosomal stress leading to G1 cell cycle arrest, the induction of p53 protein, and the translocation of B23 protein. In addition, CANu1 protein was translocated from nucleolus to nuclear foci in response to UV damage. Interestingly, the mobility of a GFP-CANu1 protein in the UV damaged cells was two times faster than non-irradiated cells. Taken together, we report that a novel nucleolar protein, CANu1, is essential to maintain ribosomal structure and responsive upon UV damage.
    Genes to Cells 07/2008; 13(8):787-96. · 2.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Gastric cancer is classified into intestinal and diffuse types, the latter including a highly malignant form, linitis plastica. A two-stage genome-wide association study (stage 1: 85,576 SNPs on 188 cases and 752 references; stage 2: 2,753 SNPs on 749 cases and 750 controls) in Japan identified a significant association between an intronic SNP (rs2976392) in PSCA (prostate stem cell antigen) and diffuse-type gastric cancer (allele-specific odds ratio (OR) = 1.62, 95% CI = 1.38-1.89, P = 1.11 x 10(-9)). The association was far less significant in intestinal-type gastric cancer. We found that PSCA is expressed in differentiating gastric epithelial cells, has a cell-proliferation inhibition activity in vitro and is frequently silenced in gastric cancer. Substitution of the C allele with the risk allele T at a SNP in the first exon (rs2294008, which has r(2) = 0.995, D' = 0.999 with rs2976392) reduces transcriptional activity of an upstream fragment of the gene. The same risk allele was also significantly associated with diffuse-type gastric cancer in 457 cases and 390 controls in Korea (allele-specific OR = 1.90, 95% CI = 1.56-2.33, P = 8.01 x 10(-11)). The polymorphism of the PSCA gene, which is possibly involved in regulating gastric epithelial-cell proliferation, influences susceptibility to diffuse-type gastric cancer.
    Nature Genetics 07/2008; 40(6):730-40. · 35.21 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We previously showed that a trans-splicing ribozyme reprograms tumor-related genes at the mRNA level, resulting in the expression of therapeutic genes and that this approach can be efficiently employed to target specific molecules. Here, we show that trans-splicing ribozyme technology can be applied in molecular imaging of specific RNA expression in living animals. We exemplify this concept successfully by imaging mouse cytoskeleton-associated protein 2 (mCKAP2) expression in intrahepatic tumor nodules using systemically delivered adenovirus harboring mCKAP2-specific trans-splicing ribozyme.
    FEBS Letters 12/2007; 581(28):5396-400. · 3.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The International HapMap Project aims to generate detailed human genome variation maps by densely genotyping single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in CEPH, Chinese, Japanese, and Yoruba samples. This will undoubtedly become an important facility for genetic studies of diseases and complex traits in the four populations. To address how the genetic information contained in such variation maps is transferable to other populations, the Korean government, industries, and academics have launched the Korean HapMap project to genotype high-density Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE) regions in 90 Korean individuals. Here we show that the LD pattern, block structure, haplotype diversity, and recombination rate are highly concordant between Korean and the two HapMap Asian samples, particularly Japanese. The availability of information from both Chinese and Japanese samples helps to predict more accurately the possible performance of HapMap markers in Korean disease-gene studies. Tagging SNPs selected from the two HapMap Asian maps, especially the Japanese map, were shown to be very effective for Korean samples. These results demonstrate that the HapMap variation maps are robust in related populations and will serve as an important resource for the studies of the Korean population in particular.
    Genetics 10/2006; 174(1):491-7. · 4.39 Impact Factor

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  • 2012–2014
    • National Cancer Center Korea
      • • Lung Cancer Branch
      • • Liver and Pancreatobiliary Cancer Branch
      Kōyō, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea
  • 2010
    • Sungkyunkwan University
      • Department of Molecular and Cell Biology
      Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2008
    • Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology
      Usan-ri, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea