Dong-Hee Kim

Daejeon University, Daiden, Daejeon, South Korea

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    ABSTRACT: Chinese quince (Chaenomeles sinensis; CS) is known as a traditional oriental medicine for treating anaphylaxis and viral infection. Mast cells play an important role in a variety of inflammatory diseases. The inhibitory effects of CS extract on the inflammatory response of human mast cells were examined. CS extract inhibited HMC-1 cell migration in response to stem cell factor (SCF). Its mechanism is involved in the inhibition of a surface expression of c-kit binding to SCF. Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α expression is induced by phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) and calcium ionophore (CaI). CS extract inhibited the TNF-α expression by blocking the activation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK), p38 mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK), and c-Jun-N-terminal kinase (JNK) in HMC-1 cells. CS extract suppressed the expression of interlukin (IL)-6, IL-8, and MCP-1 in human monocytic THP-1 cells, as well as the secretion of IL-6 in human keratinocytic HaCaT cells.
    Food science and biotechnology 04/2013; 22(2). · 0.66 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: (S)-(+)-decursin is a biological coumarin compound isolated from Angelica gigas Nakai. (S)-(+)-decursin and its analogue have a variety of pharmacological activities. In the present study, the anti-inflammatory effect of a (S)-(+)-decursin derivative, (S)-(+)-3-(3,4-dihydroxy-phenyl)-acrylic acid 2,2-dimethyl-8-oxo-3,4-dihydro-2H,8H-pyrano [3,2-g]-chromen-3-yl-ester (Compound 6, C6), on in vitro and in vivo atopic dermatitis was investigated. C6 suppressed the secretion of IL-6, IL-8, and monocyte chemotactic protein-1 increase by the house dust mite extract in the eosinophilic leukemia cell line and THP-1 cells. C6 inhibited the production of TARC, IL-6, and IL-8 increase by IFN-γ and TNF-α in the human keratinocyte cell line. In the in vivo experiment, NC/Nga mice were sensitized to 2,4-dinitrochlorobenzene, and then C6 or dexamethasone (Dex) were orally and dorsally administered for three weeks. C6 treatment reduced the skin severity score compared with that of the control group. C6 inhibited the thickening of the epidermis and inflammatory cell infiltration into the dermis by evaluating the histological examination. The serum immunoglobulin E (IgE) level decreased in the C6-treated group compared with that of the control group. The inhibitory effect of C6 on IgE concentration was similar to that of Dex. The levels of IL-4, IL-5, IL-13, and eotaxin increased after treatment with concanavalin A in mouse splenocytes. The cytokine levels of the C6-treated group were lower than those of the control group. Taken together, C6 may attenuate atopic dermatitis-like lesions through its anti-inflammatory effect, such as inhibition of IgE and inflammatory cytokines, and it may be valuable as a therapeutic drug for the treatment of atopic dermatitis.
    Molecular Biology Reports 01/2013; · 1.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, we synthesized a novel chemical, (E)-2-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl)-4-oxo-4H-chromen-7-yl-3-(3,4-dimethoxyphenyl) acrylate (CSH) and investigated the effect of CSH on atopic dermatitis (AD) by evaluating the anti-inflammatory effect of CSH on immune cells in vitro and on atopic dermatitis-like lesions in vivo. Human monocytic THP-1 cells and human eosinophilic EoL-1 cells were treated with house dust mite extract in the absence and presence of CSH. Nc/Nga mice were sensitized to 2,4-dinitrochlorobenzne (DNCB) for 5weeks and then orally and dorsally administered with CSH or dexamethasone for 3weeks. CSH inhibited the secretion of monocyte chemotactic protein-1 (MCP-1), interleukin (IL)-6 and IL-8 due to house dust mite extract in THP-1 cells. CSH also suppressed the secretion of MCP-1 and IL-8 in EoL-1 cells. In vivo, the skin severity score decreased after CSH treatment as compared to the control group. CSH suppressed the inflammatory cell infiltration into the dermis and thickened the epidermis. CSH reduced serum IgE level as compared to the control group. The levels of IL-4, IL-5, IL-13 and eotaxin in mouse splenocytes increased after treatment with concanavalin A and the increase of the cytokines was decreased by pre-treatment with CSH. The inhibitory effects of CSH on atopic lesions of DNCB-treated Nc/Nga mice were similar to those of dexamethasone, despite differing degrees depending on results evaluated in this study. These results may contribute to the development of a therapeutic drug for the treatment of AD.
    Life sciences 07/2012; 91(9-10):338-44. · 2.56 Impact Factor
  • American Thoracic Society 2012 International Conference, May 18-23, 2012 • San Francisco, California; 05/2012
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, we investigated the effects of CCL2 on constitutive apoptosis of normal and asthmatic neutrophils. CCL2 blocked the constitutive apoptosis of normal neutrophils through CCR2. CCL2 also induced elevation of the cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration but had no effect on normal neutrophil chemotaxis. Constitutive apoptosis, calcium influx, and cell migration of asthmatic neutrophils were not affected by CCL2 stimulation. Supernatant collected from CCL2-treated normal neutrophils inhibited the constitutive apoptosis of normal neutrophils. Anti-apoptotic signaling mediated by CCL2 was found to be associated with the PI3K/Akt/ERK/NF-κB cascade in normal neutrophils. Both the cleavage of procaspase 3 and procaspase 9 and the decrease of in Mcl-1 expression were delayed by CCL2 stimulation. Inhibition of NF-κB blocked constitutive apoptosis of neutrophils from asthmatic patients via inhibition of the cleavage of procaspase 3 and procaspase 9, in contrast to normal neutrophils. NF-κB was involved in CCL2-induced anti-apoptotic signaling in normal neutrophils, whereas NF-κB functioned as a basal pro-apoptotic factor in asthmatic neutrophils. A better understanding of the difference in the regulation of neutrophil apoptosis due to CCL2 between normal individuals and asthmatics will enable elucidation of the role of CC chemokine in neutrophils and a framework for understanding the pathogenesis of asthma.
    Journal of Cellular Physiology 08/2011; 227(6):2567-77. · 3.87 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Duchesnea chrysantha belongs to the Rosaceae family and has been used traditionally for the treatment of various diseases in Korea and other parts of East Asia. This study examined the antiinflammatory effect of Duchesnea chrysantha extract (DcE) on atopic dermatitis in vitro and in vivo. DcE inhibited the production of IL-6, IL-8 and MCP-1 in THP-1 cells and the release of IL-6 and MCP-1 in EoL-1 cells after treatment with house dust mite extract. In the in vivo experiment, Nc/Nga mice were sensitized to DNCB and then orally and dorsally administered DcE (50 mg/kg in PBS) for 3 weeks. The DcE administration significantly reduced the skin severity score when compared with the control group and inhibited the thickening of the epidermis and infiltration of inflammatory cells into the dermis. In addition, the serum IgE levels decreased markedly in the DcE-treated mice when compared with the control group. The synthesis of IL-5, IL-13, MCP-1 and eotaxin was also decreased in splenocytes of the DcE-treated group, while IFN-γ was increased in the Dc-administered group. These results may indicate that DcE attenuates the development of atopic dermatitis-like lesions by lowering the IgE and inflammatory cytokine levels, and that it is useful in drug development for the treatment of atopic dermatitis.
    Phytotherapy Research 07/2011; 26(2):284-90. · 2.40 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In the present study, we investigated whether the Lagerstroemia indica Linn (LI) extract has an anti-inflammatory effect on lung inflammation in ovalbumin-induced asthmatic mice. The LI extract was obtained from dried and powdered whole plants of LI using 80% ethanol. ELISA was performed to evaluate cytokine concentration. BALB/c mice were used as a mouse model of asthma after asthmatic induction by ovalbumin sensitization and inhalation. We examined the effects of the LI extract on leukocyte infiltration and mucus secretion using cell count and histological stain. The amount of cytokines, such as interleukin (IL)-2, IL-4, IL-5, IL-13, and TNF-α, was increased in Jurkat cells using the extract from house dust mites. Increased cytokine concentrations were inhibited by the LI extract. The LI extract suppressed the increased expression of IL-6 after treatment with mite extract of EoL-1 cells and THP-1 cells. In an in vivo experiment using asthmatic mice, the LI extract significantly inhibited leukocytosis and eosinophilia in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid and lung tissue samples. The LI extract inhibited the increase in mucus secretion by goblet cells, blocked the production of reactive oxygen species in BAL fluid cells, and blocked the protein expression of IL-5 in BAL fluid. The concentration of ovalbumin-specific IgE in BAL fluid was weakly inhibited by the LI extract. These results suggest that the LI extract may be used as a valuable agent for treating allergic diseases such as asthma due to its anti-inflammatory property.
    Journal of ethnopharmacology 07/2011; 136(3):422-7. · 2.32 Impact Factor
  • American Thoracic Society 2011 International Conference, May 13-18, 2011 • Denver Colorado; 05/2011
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    ABSTRACT: Asthma is a disease marked by airway inflammation. Petasites japonicus (Pj) is known as an herb for treating asthma, oxidant stress and gastric ulcer in traditional Oriental medicine. In this study, the inhibitory effects of Pj extract on asthmatic responses were examined both in vitro and in vivo. The Pj extract was acquired from whole plants of Petasites japonicus using 80% ethanol. Cytotoxicity of the Pj extract on Jurkat cells and THP-1 cells was determined using MTT assay. ELISA was performed to determine the expression levels of cytokines, chemokines, and IgE. BALB/c mice were used for an OVA-induced asthmatic mouse model. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) production was stained with 2',7'-dichlorofluorescein diacetate and measured by fluorescence-activated cell sorting analysis. The effects of the Pj extract on leukocyte infiltration and mucus production were determined using periodic acid-Schiff staining as well as hematoxylin and eosin staining. The Pj extract inhibits the increased release of interleukin (IL)-2, IL-4, IL-5, IL-13, and TNF-α due to house dust mite in Jurkat cells and blocks IL-6 expression in THP-1 cells without cytotoxicity. In the asthmatic mouse model, the Pj extract inhibits eosinophil infiltration, mucus hypersecretion, and IL-5 level in bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid, and it has a scavenging effect on ROS production of cells in BAL fluid. The Pj extract has suppressive properties for the pathogenesis of airway inflammation and may be used as a potent agent for the treatment of asthma.
    Journal of ethnopharmacology 10/2010; 133(2):551-7. · 2.32 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: ChemInform is a weekly Abstracting Service, delivering concise information at a glance that was extracted from about 200 leading journals. To access a ChemInform Abstract of an article which was published elsewhere, please select a “Full Text” option. The original article is trackable via the “References” option.
    ChemInform 09/2009; 40(38).
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    ABSTRACT: Two new flavan-3-ols, 6-(2-pyrrolidinone-5-yl)-(-)-epicatechin (1) and 8-(2-pyrrolidinone-5-yl)-(-)-epicatechin (2), as well as five known compounds, (-)-epicatechin (3), (+)-catechin (4), proanthocyanidin B-4 (5), (+)-pinoresinol, and p-hydroxybenzoic acid, were isolated from an EtOAc-soluble extract of the roots of Actinidia arguta. The structures of compounds 1 and 2 were elucidated by spectroscopic data interpretation, particularly by extensive 1D- and 2D-NMR studies. All the isolates were evaluated in vitro for inhibitory activity on the formation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs). Of these, compounds 1-5 exhibited significant inhibitory activity against AGEs formation with IC(50) values ranging from 10.1 to 125.2 microM.
    CHEMICAL & PHARMACEUTICAL BULLETIN 05/2009; 57(4):397-400. · 1.38 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Duchesnea chrysantha (D. chrysantha) is a herb with anti-oxidative, anti-inflammatory and immune-enhancing properties. Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the lungs, and the hallmarks of the disease are increased inflammatory cell infiltration into the airways and poor respiratory function. Although there is the possibility that D. chrysantha may have an inhibitory effect on lung inflammation, the effects of D. chrysantha on asthma have not been fully investigated. In the present study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory activity of D. chrysantha extract (Dc extract) on lung inflammation in a murine model of ovalbumin-induced asthma. Dc extract was obtained from dried and powdered whole plants of D. chrysantha using 80% ethanol. BALB/c mice induced by ovalbumin sensitization and nebulization were used as a mouse model of asthma. RT-PCR and ELISA were performed to measure mRNA and protein expression of cytokines. We examined the effects of Dc extract on leukocyte infiltration and mucus secretion using periodic acid-Schiff staining as well as hematoxylin and eosin staining. Dc extract significantly inhibited leukocytosis and eosinophilia in the bronchoalveolar lavage (BAL) fluid (p<0.01). Dc extract significantly reduced the elevated infiltration of inflammatory cells (p<0.05) and inhibited the increased mucus secretion, despite the absence of significant value. Although Dc extract weakly inhibited the mRNA expression of IL-4, IL-5, IL-13, and eotaxin, it strongly inhibited the protein expression of IL-5 (p<0.05) and eotaxin (p<0.01) in BAL fluid. Ovalbumin-specific IgE levels in the serum and BAL fluid were blocked by Dc extract (p<0.05). These results suggest the possibility that Dc extract can exert suppressive effects on asthma and may provide evidence that Dc extract is a useful agent for the treatment of allergic airway disease.
    Journal of Ethnopharmacology 06/2008; 118(1):102-7. · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Houttuynia cordata Thunb (Saururaceae), known as 'E-Sung-Cho' in Korea, has been traditionally used for the treatment of herpes simplex, chronic sinusitis, and allergy. To investigate the inhibitory activity of Houttuynia cordata Thunb fractions (HcFs) on the T helper 2 (Th2) immune response, we evaluated the alternation of the release of Th2-type cytokines and chemokines such as interleukin (IL)-4 and IL-5, and thymus and activation-regulated chemokine (TARC/CCL17). Ethanol fraction was obtained from dried and powdered whole plants of Houttuynia cordata Thunb using ethanol. The residue was diluted with water and was then successively partitioned with n-hexane, EtOAc and BuOH. HcFs include ethanol, n-hexane, EtOAc, BuOH and water fractions. RT-PCR and ELISA were performed to measure mRNA and protein expression of cytokines. HcFs inhibited the expression of IL-4 and IL-5 in response to phorbol 12-myristate 13-acetate (PMA) and calcium ionophore (CaI) in Jurkat T cells and the human mast cell line, HMC-1. IL-4- and tumor necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-alpha)-induced TARC production was blocked by HcFs in skin fibroblast CCD-986sk cells, particularly by the ethanol extract of Hc. Stimulants included in PMA, phytohemagglutinin (PHA) and CaI, increased the mRNA level of CC chemokine receptor 4 (CCR4), a receptor of TARC, in Jurkat T cells, and the ethanol extract of HcF weakly blocked the increased mRNA level. However, the stimulants and ethanol extract had no effect on the CCR4 protein level. The ethanol extract inhibited TARC-induced migration, as well as basal migration of Jurkat T cells. This study may show the usefulness of HcFs in the ethnopharmacological treatment of Th2-mediated or allergic inflammation, through the down-regulation of the production of Th2 cytokines and TARC, as well as cell migration.
    Journal of Ethnopharmacology 05/2008; 117(1):34-40. · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Hottuynia cordata Thunb (Saururaceae; HC) is known as a therapeutic drug that has been used in traditional oriental medicine for the treatment of allergy. Mast cells play an important role in a variety of inflammatory diseases, and specifically asthma and atopy. In the present study, we investigated the effect of HC extracts on the migration of the human mast cell line, HMC-1, in response to stem cell factor (SCF). Treatment with HC extracts at a concentration of 10mug/ml for 24h showed no significant decrease in the survival rate of the HMC-1 cells. SCF showed the typical bell-shape curve for the HMC-1 cell chemoattraction with the peak of the curve at the SCF concentration of 100ng/ml. HC-1, which was the whole plant (Houttuynia cordata) extracted with 80% EtOH, and HC-3, which was the residue successively partitioned with EtOAc, both had inhibitory effects on HMC-1 cell movement. After the treatment with 10mug/ml HC-1 extract for 6 and 24h, the chemotactic index (CI) of HMC-1 cells decreased up to 74 and 63%, respectively. HC-3 extract treatment for 6 and 24h lowered the CI to 72 and 44%, respectively. The HC-1 and HC-3 extracts had no inhibitory effect on the mRNA and surface protein expressions of c-kit, SCF receptor. SCF mediated the chemotaxis signaling via NF-kappaB activation, and both extracts inhibited the activation. Therefore, our results indicate that HC-1 and HC-3 extracts decrease the chemotactic ability of HMC-1 cells in response to SCF by inhibiting the NF-kappaB activation, and these substances may be useful for treating mast cell-induced inflammatory diseases.
    Journal of Ethnopharmacology 06/2007; 112(1):90-5. · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the effect of KIOM-79, 80% ethanolic extract of a new herbal prescription, on non-obese type 2 diabetic Goto-Kakizaki (GK) rats. The rats were treated orally with KIOM-79 (500 mg/kg body weight) once a day for 13 weeks to examine the long-term effects on hyperglycemia and glomerular histology as well as biochemical and functional abnormalities in kidney. As the results, we found that KIOM-79 reduced hyperglycemia (p<0.01), ameliorated insulin resistance (p<0.001), urinary protein excretion (p<0.01) and creatinine clearance (Ccr) (p<0.001), and inhibited glomerular AGE formation (p<0.001) in diabetic GK rats. We also found that KIOM-79 prevented the glomeruli enlargement, overexpression of type IV collagen (p<0.001), PKC protein (p<0.01), TGF-beta mRNA (p<0.05) and VEGF mRNA (p<0.05). Thus, based on our finding, KIOM-79 could reduce the hyperglycemia, and prevent or retard the development of diabetic nephropathy.
    Journal of Ethnopharmacology 06/2007; 111(2):240-7. · 2.94 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mast cells are well known as effector cells in a variety of inflammatory diseases, including asthma as well as other allergic disorders. The precise role of 9-cis retinoic acid (9CRA) in mast cells is not understood despite the accepted fact that 9CRA regulates inflammatory responses and neutrophil differentiation. In this study, we investigated the effects of 9CRA on the expression of CC chemokine receptors in the human mast cell line, HMC-1. 9CRA selectively inhibits the CCR2 mRNA level and increases the CCR3 mRNA level in both a time and dose dependent manner. Other CC chemokine receptors, including CCR1, CCR4 and CCR5 are not altered by treatment with 9CRA. Both TNF-alpha and LPS, known pro-inflammatory molecules, have no effect on mRNA levels of CC chemokine receptors. For surface expression, 9CRA decreased the CCR2 level but had no effect on the CCR3 level. 9CRA inhibited the chemotactic activity in response to the CCR2-dependent chemokine, MCP-1/CCL2 but not in response to CCR3-specific chemokine, eotaxin/CCL11. 9CRA decreased spontaneous homotype clustering. Therefore, our results demonstrate that 9CRA differentially decreases both CCR2 expression and chemotactic ability of HMC-1 cells, and may regulate the inflammatory effects of mast cells.
    Life Sciences 09/2006; 79(13):1293-300. · 2.30 Impact Factor

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144 Citations
31.52 Total Impact Points

Institutions

  • 2006–2013
    • Daejeon University
      • College of Oriental Medicine
      Daiden, Daejeon, South Korea
  • 2011
    • Eulji University
      Daiden, Daejeon, South Korea
  • 2007–2009
    • Korea Institute of Oriental Medicine
      Bucheon, Gyeonggi Province, South Korea