Hye Jin Kim

Korea Basic Science Institute KBSI, Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea

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    ABSTRACT: The plant immune system needs to be tightly controlled both positively and negatively to maintain normal plant growth and health. We previously identified SUPPRESSOR OF rps4-RLD1 (SRFR1) as a negative regulator specifically of effector-triggered immunity. SRFR1 is localized in both a cytoplasmic microsomal compartment and in the nucleus. Its TPR domain has sequence similarity to TPR domains of transcriptional repressors in other organisms, suggesting that SRFR1 may negatively regulate effector-triggered immunity via transcriptional control. We show here that excluding SRFR1 from the nucleus prevented complementation of the srfr1 phenotype. To identify transcription factors that may interact with SRFR1, we screened by yeast two-hybrid assay an Arabidopsis transcription factor prey library and isolated six class I members of the TEOSINTE BRANCHED1/CYCLOIDEA/PCF (TCP) transcription factor family. Specific interactions were verified in planta. While single or double T-DNA mutant tcp8, tcp14 or tcp15 lines were not more susceptible to bacteria expressing AvrRps4, the triple tcp8 tcp14 tcp15 mutant displayed decreased effector-triggered immunity mediated by the resistance genes RPS4, RPS6, RPM1 and RPS2. In addition, expression of PATHOGENESIS-RELATED PROTEIN2 was attenuated in srfr1-4 tcp8-1 tcp14-5 tcp15-3 plants compared to srfr1-4. TCP transcription factors to date have been implicated largely in developmental processes. Our data indicate that one function of a subset of TCP proteins is to regulate defense gene expression in antagonism to SRFR1, and suggest a mechanism for an intimate connection between plant development and immunity. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
    The Plant Journal 04/2014; · 6.58 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The extracapsular spread (ECS) of lymph node metastasis (LNM) reflects tumor aggressiveness and is associated with poor survival and risk of distant metastasis. In this study, we aimed to explore the prognostic significance of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) of ECS tumors in LNM of head and neck cancers. We collected LNM samples from head and neck cancer patients (follow-up >2 years) and made 20 ECS(-): ECS(+) pairs (1:2) of LNM (N = 60), matched by the primary sites and by T and N classifications. Immunostaining of cytokeratin, E-cadherin, vimentin, and CD31 were performed and quantified to determine the epithelial-mesenchymal transition percent (EMT%), defined as vimentin(+)/cytokeratin(+) area of ECS. Univariate and multivariable analyses of clinic-pathologic factors, including EMT% of ECS, were conducted to identify the significant prognosticators. In addition, the anatomical relationship between CD31 vessels and ECS tumors was analyzed. Rather than the presence of ECS in LNM, higher EMT% (>50 %) of ECS strongly correlated with the worse overall and disease-free survival and had more frequent recurrence and distant dissemination in their clinical courses. ECS tumors intermingled closely with Ki-67(-) CD31(+) non-proliferating perinodal blood vessels. Particularly, vimentin(+) ECS areas exhibited a higher density of CD31(+) perinodal vessels than did vimentin(-) ECS. High EMT scores of ECS tumors in LNM predict an unfavorable prognosis and systemic dissemination more accurately than the simple presence of ECS in LNM in head and neck cancer patients.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 02/2014; · 4.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Although the vagina is considered a viable route during laparoscopic surgery, a number of concerns have led to a need to demonstrate the safety of a transvaginal approach in colorectal surgery. However, the data for transvaginal access in left-sided colorectal cancer are extremely limited, and no study has compared the clinical outcomes with a conventional laparoscopic procedure. We compared the clinical outcomes of totally laparoscopic anterior resection with transvaginal specimen extraction (TVSE) with those of the conventional laparoscopic approach with minilaparotomy (LAP) for anastomosis construction and specimen retrieval in left-sided colorectal cancer. Fifty-eight patients underwent TVSE between October 2006 and July 2011 and were matched by age, surgery date, tumor location, and tumor stage with patients who underwent conventional LAP for left-sided colorectal cancer. Operative time was significantly longer in the TVSE group (149.3 ± 39.8 vs. 131.9 ± 41.4 min; p = 0.023). Patients in the TVSE group experienced less pain (pain score 4.9 ± 1.6 vs. 5.8 ± 1.9; p = 0.008), shorter time to passage of flatus (2.2 ± 1.1 vs. 2.7 ± 1.2 days; p = 0.026), and higher satisfaction with the cosmetic results (cosmetic score 8.0 ± 1.4 vs. 6.3 ± 1.5; p = 0.001). More endolinear staplers for rectal transection were used in the LAP group (1.2 ± 0.5 vs. 1.1 ± 0.2; p = 0.021). Overall morbidities were similar in both groups; however, three wound infections only occurred in the LAP group. After a median follow-up of 34.4 (range 11-60) months, no transvaginal access-site recurrence occurred. The 3-year disease-free survival was similar between groups (91.5 vs. 90.8 %; p = 0.746). Transvaginal access after totally laparoscopic anterior resection is safe and feasible for left-sided colorectal cancer in selected patients with better short-term outcomes.
    Surgical Endoscopy 02/2014; · 3.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Previous studies conducted cell expansion ex vivo using low initial plating densities for optimal expansion and subsequent differentiation of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs). However, MSC populations are heterogeneous and culture conditions can affect the characteristics of MSCs. In this study, differences in gene expression profiles of adipose tissue (AT)-derived MSCs were examined after harvesting cells cultured at different densities. AT-MSCs from three different donors were plated at a density of 200 or 5,000 cells/cm(2). After 7 days in culture, detailed gene expression profiles were investigated using a DNA chip microarray, and subsequently validated using a reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis. Gene expression profiles were influenced primarily by the level of cell confluence at harvest. In MSCs harvested at ∼90% confluence, 177 genes were up-regulated and 102 genes down-regulated relative to cells harvested at ∼50% confluence (P<0.05, FC>2). Proliferation-related genes were highly expressed in MSCs harvested at low density, while genes that were highly expressed in MSCs harvested at high density (∼90% confluent) were linked to immunity and defense, cell communication, signal transduction and cell motility. Several cytokine, chemokine and growth factor genes involved in immunosuppression, migration, and reconstitution of damaged tissues were up-regulated in MSCs harvested at high density compared with MSCs harvested at low density. These results imply that cell density at harvest is a critical factor for modulating the specific gene-expression patterns of heterogeneous MSCs.
    PLoS ONE 01/2014; 9(1):e83363. · 3.73 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Few studies that meticulously match individual lymph nodes seen on MRI with their precise histologic counterparts after total mesorectal excision have been reported. The objective of this study was to determine whether preoperative MRI could detect lymph node metastases accurately in the node-by-node analysis. This was a prospective, observational cohort study. The study was conducted at a tertiary-care hospital. Forty patients with rectal cancer were enrolled. Specimens were assessed using MRI for clinical staging. After surgical resection of the tumor, the specimens were again imaged with ex vivo ultrasound scan to localize the perirectal node. The locations of each lymph node were precisely matched with its corresponding magnetic resonance image to enable a node-for-node comparison of magnetic resonance images and histologic findings. Agreement between MRI and histologic assessment of T stage was 82.5%. Of the 341 nodes harvested, 120 were too small (<3 mm) to be depicted on magnetic resonance images, and 18 of these contained metastasis (15%). A correlation between the results of MRI and histopathology was feasible for 205 lymph nodes, and the overall success rate of matching between the 2 techniques was 91.1% (205 of 221). Preoperative MRI revealed a node-by-node sensitivity and positive predictive value of 58.0%, and 61.7%. There was no difference in the diagnostic accuracy between the primary surgery subgroup and preoperative radiation subgroups. The study is limited by its heterogeneity of cohorts including the subgroup with preoperative chemoradiation and the lack of preoperative ultrasound assessment. Preoperative MRI was moderately accurate for the prediction of mesorectal lymph node metastasis. Moreover, preoperative MRI was insufficient for detecting small lymph nodes (<3 mm) with metastasis.
    Diseases of the Colon & Rectum 01/2014; 57(1):32-8. · 3.34 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In recent decades, a combination of cytoreductive surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy has yielded improvements in the survival of patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis. Laparoscopic cytoreductive surgery and intraperitoneal chemotherapy comprise a challenging and rarely reported surgical procedure. Between November 2004 and February 2010, 29 patients underwent cytoreductive surgery and early postoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy for peritoneal carcinomatosis secondary to colorectal cancer. Of the 29 patients, 15 underwent laparoscopic surgery and 14 underwent open surgery. The patient characteristics did not differ significantly between the two groups. Synchronous peritoneal carcinomatosis with a primary tumor was more common in the laparoscopic group, and the Gilly stage of peritoneal carcinomatosis was found more frequently in the open group. Complication rate and hospital stay were less in the laparoscopic group. However, the outcomes for the patients undergoing the combined treatment were similar between the two groups with respect to completeness of cytoreduction, operation morbidity, and overall survival. The laparoscopic group had a cytoreduction completeness of 86.7 % and an operative morbidity of 13.3 %. Operative mortality occurred for one patient after open surgery. Laparoscopic cytoreductive surgery and early postoperative intraperitoneal chemotherapy can be performed safely for selected patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis from colorectal cancer to a limited extent. Further studies with longer follow-up periods and larger numbers of patients are warranted to confirm the study findings.
    Surgical Endoscopy 12/2013; · 3.43 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Urinary and sexual dysfunction are recognized complications of rectal cancer surgery in men. This study compared robot-assisted total mesorectal excision (RTME) and laparoscopic total mesorectal excision (LTME) with regard to these functional outcomes. A series of 32 men who underwent RTME between February 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010 were matched 1:1 with patients who underwent LTME. The matching criteria were age, body mass index, tumor distance from the anal verge, neoadjuvant chemoradiation therapy, and tumor stage. Urinary and erectile function were evaluated using the International Prostatic Symptom Score (IPSS) and the five-item version of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5) scale. Data were collected from the two groups at baseline and at 3, 6, and 12 months after surgery and compared. The mean IPSS score did not differ between the two groups at baseline at any point of measurement. The mean baseline IIEF-5 score was similar between the two groups and was decreased at 3 months. The mean IIEF-5 score was significantly higher in the RTME group at 6 months than in the LTME group (14.1 ± 6.1 vs. 9.4 ± 6.6; p = 0.024). The interval decrease in IIEF-5 scores was significantly higher in the LTME group than in the RTME group at 6 months (4.9 ± 4.5 vs. 9.2 ± 4.7; p = 0.030). The men in the RTME group experienced earlier restoration of erectile function than did those in the LTME group. Bladder function was similar during the 12 months after RTME or LTME.
    World Journal of Surgery 12/2013; · 2.23 Impact Factor
  • Hye Jin Kim, Se Ri Park, Young Pyo Jang
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    ABSTRACT: Direct analysis in real time (DART) TOF/MS has been used for mass information of various non-polar phytochemicals in raw material with no sample preparation. However, low ionisation efficiency for polar compounds including glycosides limits its extensive use in the field of phytochemical analysis. In order to develop a direct analysis method for polar glycosides using in situ derivatisation, which improves ionisation efficiency of hydrophilic glycosides. Anemarrhena Rhizoma was used as a model plant targeting on Timosaponin AIII utilising a Dip-It module. Permethylation was applied to the powdered raw material with tetramethylammonium hydroxide in front of a DART ion source. Also, DART TOF/MS combined with permethylation was applied to timosaponin AIII standard solution to obtain the limit of detection (LOD). In situ methylation of timosaponin AIII and Anemarrhena Rhizoma raw material were successfully used to ionise the glycoside. The LOD was found to be in the range of 2.4-4.8 ng for permethylated timosaponin AIII and this level is four times higher than the range of the underivatisation analysis. Direct analysis of permethylated timosaponin from Anemarrhena Rhizoma was also successfully performed. A simple and quick derivatisation method with tetramethylammonium hydroxide was developed for the direct identification of a hydrophilic saponin from the plant tissue. Better ionisation efficiency conferred by in situ permethylation enabled ionisation of whole molecules of timosaponin AIII from the plant tissue. This simple analytical method will provide a solution to reduce tedious sample preparation steps, not only for non-polar but also hydrophilic natural products directly from the tissue. Copyright © 2013 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
    Phytochemical Analysis 12/2013; · 2.48 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is a major environmental factor that leads to acute and chronic reactions in the human skin. UV exposure induces wrinkle formation, DNA damage, and generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS). Most mechanistic studies of skin physiology and pharmacology related with UV-irradiated skin have focused on proteins and their related gene expression or single- targeted small molecules. The present study identified and analyzed the alteration of skin metabolites following UVB irradiation and topical retinyl palmitate (RP, 5%) treatment in hairless mice using direct analysis in real time (DART) time-of-flight mass spectrometry (TOF-MS) with multivariate analysis. Under the negative ion mode, the DART ion source successfully ionized various fatty acids including palmitoleic and linolenic acid. From DART-TOF-MS fingerprints measured in positive mode, the prominent dehydrated ion peak (m/z: 369, M+H-H2O) of cholesterol was characterized in all three groups. In positive mode, the discrimination among three groups was much clearer than that in negative mode by using multivariate analysis of orthogonal partial-least squares-discriminant analysis (OPLS-DA). DART-TOF-MS can ionize various small organic molecules in living tissues and is an efficient alternative analytical tool for acquiring full chemical fingerprints from living tissues without requiring sample preparation. DART-MS measurement of skin tissue with multivariate analysis proved to be a powerful method to discriminate between experimental groups and to find biomarkers for various experiment models in skin dermatological research.
    Biomolecules and Therapeutics 11/2013; 21(6):470-475. · 0.79 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Dog spermatozoa vary widely in the loss of progressive motility, in acrosomal integrity, and in viability during freezing and thawing. The present study evaluated the effects of various glycerol concentrations and thawing temperatures on CASA parameters (Exp. 1) and on acrosome integrity canine spermatozoa post-thaw (Exp. 2). In Exp. 3, the effect of thawing temperature and post-thaw incubation time on CASA parameters was investigated. In Exp. 4, the pregnancy rate and oocyte fertilization rate after intrauterine insemination with semen frozen and thawed using the best glycerol concentration and thawing temperature was assessed. Post-thaw motility ranged between 32.0% (37 °C) and 71.3% (70 °C) using 6% glycerol. Higher percentages of motile and rapid sperm were observed at 70 °C thawing temperature in 6% glycerol (P < 0.05). However, the number of sperm with an intact acrosome decreased as the thawing temperature was increased. The motility, velocity, DNC (dance) and Rapid value of post-thawed sperm decreased significantly by increasing the incubation time for all thawing temperatures. Five bitches were inseminated with semen frozen with 6% glycerol and thawed at 70 °C and all became pregnant, mean litter size being 7.0 pups (35/5) and the oocyte fertilization rate was 72.9% (35 pups / 48 corpora lutea). In conclusion, the present study demonstrated that semen frozen with 6% glycerol and thawed at 70 °C for 8 sec resulted in the highest motility rates, velocity of movement, a high pregnancy rate (100%, n = 5) and oocyte fertilization rate (72.9%) despite having a lower rate of intact acrosomes.
    Cryobiology 09/2013; · 2.14 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to compare the long-term outcomes of laparoscopy-assisted surgery (LAP) with those for open surgery (OS) when excising nonmetastatic rectal cancers. METHODS: We reviewed the prospectively collected records of all patients (n = 1,009) undergoing OS or LAP from January 2000 to November 2008 at Kyungpook National University Hospital. We undertook propensity score analyses and compared outcomes for the OS and LAC groups in a 1:1 matched cohort. Covariates in the model for propensity scores included age, gender, preoperative tumor marker level, preoperative chemoradiation status, tumor height from the anal verge, and clinical tumor stage. Subgroup analysis was conducted to evaluate the oncologic safety of LAP in patients with extraperitoneal rectal cancers. RESULTS: There were no significant differences in mortality, morbidity, and pathological quality in the propensity-matched cohort (n = 812). The combined 3-year local recurrence rate for all tumor stages was 3.8 % (95 % confidence intervals [95 % CI], 1.9-5.7 %) in the LAP group and 5.9 % (95 % CI, 3.9-8.3 %) in the OS group (P = .089 by log-rank test). The combined 3-year disease-free survival for all stages was 80.5 % (95 % CI, 76.6-84.4 %) in the LAP group and 82.9 % (95 % CI 79.2-86.6 %) in the OS group (P = .516 by log-rank test). Similar results were confirmed for the subgroup of patients with extraperitoneal rectal cancers. CONCLUSIONS: Laparoscopic rectal excision for rectal cancer is feasible and safe with acceptable oncologic outcomes. Further prospective multicenter trials are warranted before incorporating this technology into routine surgical care.
    Annals of Surgical Oncology 05/2013; · 4.12 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Mitochondrial neurogastrointestinal encephalomyopathy (MNGIE), an autosomal recessive multiorgan disease, frequently associated with mutations in the thymidine phosphorylase (TYMP) gene. TYMP encodes thymidine phosphorylase (TP), which has an essential role in the nucleotide salvage pathway for mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) replication. This study reports an MNGIE patient with novel compound heterozygous missense mutations (Thr151Pro and Leu270Pro) in TYMP. Each mutation was inherited from one parent. Neither mutation was found in the controls and the mutation sites were well conserved between different species. Neither large deletion nor causative point mutations were found in the mtDNA. The patient presented with MNGIE symptoms, including gastrointestinal discomfort, external ophthalmoplegia, pigmentary retinopathy and demyelinating type diffuse sensory motor polyneuropathy. The patient demonstrated an early-onset but mild phenotype, with 9.6% TP activity; therefore, patients with these compound heterozygous mutations may exhibit a mild phenotype with a variable onset age according to TP activity level.
    Molecular Medicine Reports 05/2013; · 1.17 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: In this study, Chrysanthemum zawadskii extract (CZE) was investigated to determine its effects on 2-deoxy-D-ribose (dRib)-induced oxidative damage and cellular dysfunction in the MC3T3-E1 mouse osteoblastic cell line. Osteoblastic cells were treated with the highly reducing sugar, dRib, in the presence or absence of CZE. Cell viability, apoptosis and reactive oxygen species (ROS) production were subsequently examined. It was observed that dRib reduced cell survival, while it markedly increased the intracellular levels of ROS and apoptosis. However, pre-treatment of the cells with CZE attenuated all the dRib-induced effects. The antioxidant, N-acetyl-L-cysteine (NAC), also prevented dRib-induced oxidative cell damage. In addition, treatment with CZE resulted in a significant increase in alkaline phosphatase (ALP) activity and collagen content, as well as in the expression of genes associated with osteoblast differentiation [ALP, collagen, osteopontin (OPN), osteoprotegerin (OPG), bone sialoprotein (BSP), osteocalcin (OC) and bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)2, BMP4 and BMP7]. In mechanistic studies of the antioxidative potential of CZE, we found that CZE reversed the dRib-induced decrease in the expression of phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase (PI3K) and protein kinase B (AKT)1 and AKT2 genes, which are master regulators of survival-related signaling pathways. CZE also upregulated the gene expression of the antioxidant enzymes, superoxide dismutase (SOD)2, SOD3 and glutathione peroxidase 4 (GPx4), which was inhibited by dRib. Taken together, these results suggest that CZE attenuates dRib-induced cell damage in osteoblastic cells and may be useful for the treatment of diabetes-associated bone disease.
    International Journal of Molecular Medicine 05/2013; · 1.96 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the image findings of focal fat deposition (FFD) in the liver on gadobenate dimeglumine (Gd-BOPTA)- and gadoxetic acid (Gd-EOB-DTPA)-enhanced MRI, particularly during the hepatobiliary phase (HBP), and the relationship between relative enhancement (RE) and fat signal fraction (FSF) of FFD. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Twenty-one patients with 27 FFDs (mean diameter, 21.9mm), which showed low signal intensity on opposed-phase compared with in-phase MRI, were retrospectively evaluated. RE of the liver (REliver) and FFD (REFFD) and liver-to-lesion contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) of FFD were measured on dynamic phases and HBP images with fat-saturated in-phase gradient-echo sequence. The FSF of each FFD was measured on in- and opposed-phase dual gradient-echo images. We qualitatively analyzed imaging findings of FFDs, including signal intensity, shape, margin, and homogeneity on HBP images, and enhancement pattern during dynamic phases. The correlations between REFFD and FSF and between CNR and FSF on HBP images were evaluated using Pearson's correlation tests and a simple linear regression model. RESULTS: There were no significant differences between REFFD and REliver in dynamic phases and HBP, regardless of contrast agents (p≥0.075). On HBP images, CNR (p=0.008) but not REFFD (p=0.122) was significantly correlated with FSF of FFDs (mean FSF, 19%). On HBP images, 21 of the 27 (77.8%) FFDs were hypointense, and 17 (63%) were homogeneous. Of the 21 hypointense FFDs, 12 (57.1%) had an ovoid shape and 11 (52.4%) were well margined. Although the 27 FFDs showed various enhancement patterns, 17 (63%) showed no enhancement. CONCLUSION: Most FFDs appeared as hypointense lesions on Gd-BOPTA- and Gd-EOB-DTPA-enhanced MRI during HBP, with various enhancement patterns during dynamic contrast-enhanced phases. REFFD on HBP images was not significantly correlated with FSF of low grade FFDs.
    Magnetic Resonance Imaging 04/2013; · 2.06 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Plant shoots display indeterminate growth, while their evolutionary decedents, the leaves, are determinate. Determinate leaf growth is conditioned by the CIN-TCP transcription factors, which promote leaf maturation and are negatively regulated by miR319 in leaf primordia. Here we show that CIN-TCPs reduce leaf sensitivity to cytokinin (CK), a phytohormone implicated in inhibition of differentiation in the shoot. We identify the SWI/SNF chromatin remodeling ATPase BRAHMA (BRM) as a genetic mediator of CIN-TCP activities and CK responses. An interactome screen further revealed that SWI/SNF complex components including BRM preferentially interacted with basic-helix-loop-helix (bHLH) transcription factors and the bHLH-related CIN-TCPs. Indeed, TCP4 and BRM interacted in planta. Both TCP4 and BRM bound the promoter of an inhibitor of CK responses, ARR16, and induced its expression. Reconstituting ARR16 levels in leaves with reduced CIN-TCP activity restored normal growth. Thus, CIN-TCP and BRM together promote determinate leaf growth by stage-specific modification of CK responses.
    Developmental cell 02/2013; 24(4):438-45. · 13.36 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: : As the use of a surgical robot allows for improved dexterity and visual field, we successfully conducted transabdominal intersphincteric resection (ISR) and perineal coloanal anastomosis for a very low lying rectal cancer. The aim of this study was to evaluate the technical feasibility of this procedure. : Eight patients underwent robotic-assisted transabdominal ISR with coloanal anastomosis for low rectal cancers. The surgical procedures included 5 steps: colonic mobilization with ligation of inferior mesenteric vessels, total mesorectal excision, intersphincteric dissection with rectal transection, specimen retrieval, and coloanal anastomosis. : The median operation time was 210 minutes, and the median estimated blood loss was 40.0 mL. The hypogastric nerve and pelvic nerve plexus was preserved in all patients. No intraoperative-related or robotic system-related morbidities were observed. In all patients, R0 resection was achieved, and the quality of the total mesorectal excision was optimal. : Robotic transabdominal ISR is a safe operation with an expectation of future advances in pathologic quality and functional preservation. Additional work in a larger series of patients is necessary to refine this technique and to establish its efficacy.
    Surgical laparoscopy, endoscopy & percutaneous techniques 02/2013; 23(1):e5-e10. · 0.88 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: Bacterial neuraminidase (NA) is a lynch pin enzyme in the formation of biofilms. Thus NA continues to be one of the key enzymes targeted by bacterial infection. The purpose of this manuscript is to communicate four new naturally derived inhibitors of neuraminidase (IC50s 3.7-24.4 μM). All these active species (1-4) contained a resveratrol chemotype, however resveratrol itself was inactive (IC50 > 100 μM). 1-4 were isolated from the 60% aqueous ethanol extract of seeds of paeonia lactiflora, which exhibited potent neuraminidase inhibition. Purification of the extracts yielded four chiral polyphenols, suffruticosol A (1), suffruticosol B (2), trans-ε-viniferin (3), and trans-gnetin H (4). Mechanistic analysis of 1-4's inhibition showed that they were all reversible, noncompetitive inhibitors. Trans-ε-viniferin (3) underwent trans-cis isomerization, which led to a reduction in inhibition potency. This correlates with the fact that the cis-isomer is a weaker inhibitor of neuraminidase than the trans-isomer. Importantly, significantly different optical rotations ([α]D) compared to previous reports were found for suffruticosols A (+95 vs -34) and B (+136 vs +13). These two species are the most important standard metabolites in the whole paeoniaceae family and therefore correction of this error is important.
    Food and chemical toxicology: an international journal published for the British Industrial Biological Research Association 01/2013; · 2.99 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: A microarray analysis was performed to investigate whether ex vivo culture conditions affect the characteristics of MSCs. Gene expression profiles were mainly influenced by the level of cell confluence rather than initial seeding density. The analysis showed that 276 genes were upregulated and 230 genes downregulated in MSCs harvested at ~90% versus ~50% confluence (P < 0.05, FC > 2). The genes that were highly expressed in MSCs largely corresponded to chemotaxis, inflammation, and immune responses, indicating direct or indirect involvement in immunomodulatory functions. Specifically, PTGES and ULBP1 were up-regulated in MSCs harvested at high density. Treatment of MSCs with PTGES or ULBP1 siRNA reversed their inhibition of T-cell proliferation in vitro. The culture conditions such as cell confluence at harvest seem to be important for gene expression profile of MSCs; therefore, the results of this study may provide useful guidelines for the harvest of MSCs that can appropriately suppress the immune response.
    BioMed research international. 01/2013; 2013:154919.
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    ABSTRACT: We investigated the association between RANTES (regulated upon activation, normal T cell expressed and secreted) polymorphisms and clinical outcomes in patients treated with allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). Three RANTES gene polymorphisms, i.e. -403G/A (rs2107538), -28C/G (rs2280788) and In1.1T/C (rs2280789), were genotyped, and the effects of the genotypes and haplotypes of RANTES on clinical outcomes were analyzed. The competing risk regression analysis was used to investigate the relationship between the polymorphisms and the cumulative risk of graft-versus-host disease (GVHD). An AGC haplotype in a recessive model showed significant harmful effects on the cumulative risk of acute GVHD and relapse-free survival (adjusted hazard ratios 2.42 and 2.71, 95% confidence intervals 1.29-4.55 and 1.30-5.64; p = 0.018 and 0.024, respectively), whereas a GCT haplotype did not. RANTES polymorphisms were not significantly associated with overall survival and the risk of chronic GVHD. This study suggests that RANTES polymorphisms might be associated with the occurrence of acute GVHD rather than of chronic GVHD and also of relapse-free survival in the patients treated with allo-HSCT. Further larger prospective investigations are needed to establish the role of RANTES polymorphisms in patients treated with allo-HSCT.
    Acta Haematologica 11/2012; 129(3):137-145. · 0.89 Impact Factor

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  • 2012–2013
    • Korea Basic Science Institute KBSI
      • • Busan Center
      • • Division of Magnetic Resonance Research
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
    • Gyeongsang National University
      • Institute of Agriculture and Life Science
      Chinju, South Gyeongsang, South Korea
    • Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
      • Department of Environmental Science
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2010–2013
    • Kyungpook National University
      • School of Medicine
      Sangju, North Gyeongsang, South Korea
    • University of Ulsan
      • Department of Radiology
      Ulsan, Ulsan, South Korea
  • 2009–2013
    • Kyung Hee University
      • College of Pharmacy
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2004–2012
    • Seoul National University
      • • Dental Research Institute
      • • College of Veterinary Medicine
      Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2011
    • Sookmyung Women's University
      • College of Pharmacy
      Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2010–2011
    • Kyungpook National University Hospital
      • Department of Hemato-Oncology
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2009–2011
    • Seoul National University Hospital
      • • Department of Family Medicine
      • • Department of Internal Medicine
      Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2008–2011
    • Yonsei University
      • Department of Biochemistry
      Seoul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2007–2011
    • Asan Medical Center
      • Department of Radiology
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
    • International Vaccine Institute
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2005–2011
    • Chungnam National University
      • • Department of Microbiology
      • • School of Bioscience and Biotechnology
      Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea
    • Dong-A College
      Tsau-liang-hai, Busan, South Korea
  • 2005–2009
    • Seoul Veterans Hospital
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 2004–2009
    • Ulsan University Hospital
      Urusan, Ulsan, South Korea
  • 2003–2009
    • Ewha Womans University
      • • College of Health Sciences
      • • College of Natural Sciences
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
    • Dong-A University
      • Department of Cardiology
      Pusan, Busan, South Korea
  • 2006
    • Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology
      • Department of Biological Sciences
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea
  • 1999–2002
    • MEDIPOST Biomedical Research Institute
      Sŏul, Seoul, South Korea