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Publications (2)3.8 Total impact

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    ABSTRACT: The present study examined the effects of tangeretin, a polymethoxylated flavonone present in citrus fruits, on ultraviolet B (UVB)-induced cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) expression in JB6 P+ mouse skin epidermal cells. Tangeretin suppressed UVB-induced COX-2 expression and transactivation of nuclear factor-κB and activator protein-1 in JB6 P+ cells. Moreover, tangeretin blocked UVB-induced phosphorylation of Akt and mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs), including extracellular signal-regulated protein kinase, c-Jun N-terminal kinase, and p38, and attenuated the phosphorylation of MAPK kinases 1/2, 3/6, and 4. Tangeretin also limited the endogenous generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), thereby protecting the cells against oxidative stress. However, tangeretin did not scavenge the stable 1,1-diphenyl-2-picrylhydrazyl (DPPH) radical and influence the nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide phosphate oxidase activity. These results suggest that the anti-inflammatory effects of tangeretin stem from its modulation of cell signaling and suppression of intracellular ROS generation. Tangeretin may have a potent chemopreventive effect in skin cancer.
    Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry 01/2011; 59(1):222-8. · 3.11 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although previous studies have reported that black soybean has chemopreventive potential, the underlying mechanisms remain unclear. Upregulation of cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) has been known to be a key mediator in the development of skin cancer. The present study investigated the effect of black soybean (Glycine max cv. Heugmi) seed coat extract (BSE) on 12-O-tetradecanoylphorbol-13-acetate (TPA) or ultraviolet-B-(UVB)-induced COX-2 expression, and its underlying mechanisms. The TPA- or UVB-induced COX-2 expression in mouse skin epithelial cells were dose-dependently inhibited by BSE treatment. BSE suppressed the COX-2 promoter activity. BSE also attenuated the transactivation of activator protein-1 (AP-1) and nuclear factor (NF)-κB, transcription factors of COX-2 expression in mouse skin epithelial cells transfected stably with AP-1 and NF-κB luciferase promoter, respectively. Furthermore, BSE inhibited the activation of MAPKKs/MAPKs pathways that otherwise induced by TPA or UVB. Collectively, BSE suppresses TPA or UVB-induced COX-2 expression by blocking the expressions of MAPKKs/MAPKs pathways, which may contribute to its chemopreventive potential.
    Food science and biotechnology 20(6). · 0.70 Impact Factor